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Special Circumstances (Mike Daley Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    A very good debut novel.

    I too was surprised that this was Siegel's first book. It was very tight and well written with a very good plot. The characters, for the most part, were believable and well developed. I enjoyed much of the courtroom dialogue. If you like Grisham, Turow, Lescroart, or Connelly, you might like this book.

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  • Posted October 27, 2012

    Great Series!

    I've read all 4 of Sheldon's Michael Daley & Rosie Fernandez books and just found out #5 has been published, which I will buy without delay. Very, very interesting author, well-written books, and likeable characters. Would very much recommend to anyone who likes "lawyer mysteries." First rate and top notch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    Entertaining Debut for Siegel, but...

    This book was fun to read. As an attorney, I would have liked crisper dialogue with some stunning revelations in the direct and cross-examinations. At times I felt that the courtroom scenes plodded without drama or comic relief. As a novelist, I would have appreciated greater depth to the characters. Mr. Siegel tells us that Mike Daley is an ex-priest, but none of that part of his main protagonist's background seems to be explored or brought to bear in this story. Just seems like some missed opportunities to me. The 'Joel Friedman' character was the most substantially developed and elicited the most significant emotional responses from me as a reader. Overall, I enjoyed Mr. Siegel's obvious comfort with the written word. The book flows in a very casual manner and it is an easy read. The surprise ending was a nice touch and deftly managed. I will likely pick up Mr. Siegel's second book, INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE to follow his progress as a novelist. --- Robert John Estko, author of the suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE (available on

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2001

    Couldn't Put It Down!

    Read it in three nights! It was a great first novel. Compares to some of Grisham's good stuff. Very satisfying! Looking forward to his next novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000


    This was a good first book for the author. Will look forward to the next one he is working on. A surprise ending. Keeps you guessing. This book should be out in the book stores where you can find it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2000

    A Winning Debut

    In Sheldon Shapiro's first novel, Special Circumstances, he deserves to be placed in the top-tier of legal thriller writers. Siegel has created well-developed characters -- particularly his protagonist, Mike Daley -- and the plot is fast-paced and bristles with energy. Siegel's ability to combine excitement, surprises, humor and suspense makes Special Circumstances a book that you won't want to put down. Without going into detail for fear of providing information which might weaken some of the story's suspense for you, the only thing that kept me from rating this book a '5' is that I felt slightly--and I emphasize 'slightly'-- disappointed in the ending. Nevertheless, Special Circumstances is a book I know you'll enjoy and will want to recommend to your friends.

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