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Wrongful Death (David Sloane Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2010

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    Page turner!

    Attorney David Sloane and PI Charles Jenkins make a savvy, determined, and well-coordinated team as they set out to investigate the possibility of the "wrongful death" of an American soldier in Iraq. Sloane learns early that the prospects for success in suing the government are slim to nonexistent, but a sense of the injustice done to the soldier (James Ford)and his family propels him, as well as some intriguing questions about what really happened to Ford's unit in Iraq and afterwards. Plot twists, changing perspectives, and cliffhangers at the ends of chapters make this book hard to put down. Am looking forward to another Dugoni novel.

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    Great book! Loved it.

    This is the third book I have read by Mr. Dugoni. WRONGFUL DEATH is a second book of a series and it is my favorite. His first novel is JURY MASTER. The main characters are attorney David Sloane and sidekick/private investigator Charles Jenkins. Sloane is hire by a woman whose husband was in the National Guard and was killed in Iraq. She wants to sue the United Sates and military for his mysterious death. As Sloane and Jenkins delve deeper into their investigation, the bodies start piling up. I like Mr. Dugoni's style of writing. He breaks the chapters up into segments, which takes you from one character to another and then back again. It keeps you reading, to find out what happens to the character. I found this book thrilling and exciting page-turner. It kept me up all night reading it. I look forward to his next book.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    Good Follow-up to The Jury Master

    Good follow-up to The Jury Master, returns David Sloane as the master civil lawyer who has a long string of courtroom wins; mostly owing to his persuasive talent. He is paired again with Jenkins who rescued him at the end of the last book, who is now Sloane's private investigator.

    A returning Iraqi soldier (Fergusun) who was blinded on duty, is murdered and his death is made to look like a suicide. A few months later Sloane is approached by the wife of James Ford, who was killed in combat while serving with Fergusun. Mrs. Ford wants to sue the goverment over the wrongful death of her husband, possibly for not issuing proper body armor. Sloane realizes this is an almost impossible request because there exists the "Ferris Doctrine" which prevents just about any type of suit like that to be brought against the government.

    Against all logic, Sloane decides to take the case. This causes all kinds of weird things to happen such as Sloane being under survelience, another soldier who served with James Ford to be murdered, and Sloane's family to be threatened.

    The book proceeds to move at a fairly slow but still interesting pace and starts to pick up steam about two thirds of the way in. There is a pretty good courtroom scene about then and a lot political intrigue going on.

    The book has several parts told in italics that are flashbacks to the day when the soldiers were ambushed, causing Ford's death. Every few chapters the author offers a few more snippets of what occurred.

    Sloane is a pretty interesting character and I especially like his courtroom tactics. I hope in future books that the author expands on these as they are very effective.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    A winner

    I had given up on John Grisham, his books were tediously similar. But this one breaks the mold Malcolm is imprisoned for literally being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Cronyism led to conviction, incarceration and the loss of life as he knew it. Several years in a white collar 'camp' gave Mal time to plot revenge on the nefarious perpetrators who destroyed his career and family. He meticulously planned his revenge during the long days in prison and achieves sweet success I the end. Don't miss the twists and turns in this one!!

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    Dugoni's "Wrongful Death" is a great read, review by Patti Phillips

    David Sloane comes off a big courtroom win (the 18th in a row) and seems unstoppable in the legal arena. Then, an impossible situation is placed before him: challenge the military to acknowledge a widow's claim that her husband died a wrongful death while fighting for his country. What should be an easy case to turn down, becomes a personal issue when a preliminary review of the paperwork indicates something stinks. But what? The case evolves into a legal grenade tossed into the world of government contracts and the big players involved. The damage is messy and unpredictable. Sloane's family is threatened, witnesses are dying and the stakes are higher than anyone had imagined. He calls on friend and former CIA operative turned P.I., Charles Jenkins, to help find answers and arrange protection for his new wife and step-son. Bestselling author and former lawyer, Robert Dugoni, has written a legal thriller that combines courtroom drama with explosive investigation in the field and flashbacks to a military convoy traveling through hostile Iraqi territory. Dugoni reveals some of the facts of the Iraqi operation through the eyes of the dead man being defended. "Wrongful Death" flows seamlessly between the flashbacks and present day events and was tough to put down. Almost none of the action seems far-fetched. Dugoni has created a thriller so realistic that I can imagine a lawyer and his family being thrust into these circumstances and then dealing with the fallout in just these ways - if I had two top-notch operatives as friends. Kudos to Dugoni for writing the two lead women in the book (wife-Tina, bodyguard-Alex) as smart and resourceful without becoming cartoonish, relying on brains to stay alive. And the action involving Sloane that *is* a little over the top, is just plain fun. Who wouldn't want a tank coming to the rescue, just when you need it? I met Robert Dugoni when he was teaching a writing class at a NYC conference. "Wrongful Death" had just come out and he autographed the book for me. This one is a keeper. An equally intelligent screenplay would make for a great movie. Rated R for some adult themes

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

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    an action-packed, fast-paced tale

    Seattle attorney David Sloane has won an astronomical eighteen jury trials for his clients in a row. His current case is perhaps his most difficult to date, a wrongful-death suit against the federal government; a sure defeat for the seemingly invincible plaintiff lawyer.<BR/><BR/>His client Beverly Ford insists her husband James a national guardsman died in the current Iraq War due to underperforming body armor that the Pentagon knew it was inadequate, but in spite of safer options did nothing. David is stunned when an investigation into James¿ unit reveals several other soldiers died under questionable circumstances after returning to the states. He wonders if someone is trying to cover up the truth of what happened in Iraq by eliminating the witnesses, but soon fears his inquiries have jeopardized his loving dependents.<BR/><BR/>The second Sloane legal thriller (see THE JURY MASTER) is an action-packed, fast-paced tale that in spite of vividly described legal proceedings and maneuvers comes across more as an investigative cat and mouse tale. The story line is loaded once Sloane takes on Ms. Ford as a client and never takes a breather until the finish. Although the plot is thin and a deeper look at how difficult suing the Feds is would have been enlightening as what is provided is fascinating, fans will enjoy WRONGFUL DEATH, which never slows down until the end.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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