Dead Docket [NOOK Book]

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Katherine Adams and John Delaney have settled into a happy, long distance relationship after the murderous events that threw them together in Majestic Descending. He’s a streetwise ex-NYPD detective turned lawyer. She’s a hotshot Atlanta lawyer who loves New York but thinks that the Southern Peach is quite a bit of all right. The romance is in full bloom but the miles put a dent in their relationship.

When his father’s police partner's daughter is killed in a horrific...

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Overview


Katherine Adams and John Delaney have settled into a happy, long distance relationship after the murderous events that threw them together in Majestic Descending. He’s a streetwise ex-NYPD detective turned lawyer. She’s a hotshot Atlanta lawyer who loves New York but thinks that the Southern Peach is quite a bit of all right. The romance is in full bloom but the miles put a dent in their relationship.

When his father’s police partner's daughter is killed in a horrific accident in Atlanta, John goes to settle her affairs and get some much needed time with his sweetie. What he discovers about the young woman’s current past is anything but sweet…and the facts surrounding her death suggest that it was anything but accidental. John enlists Katherine to help him discover what really happened.

Doing so puts Katherine in the path of a killer who will stop at nothing to protect his own past. 


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In Graham's muddled second legal thriller to feature John Delaney and Katherine Adams (after Majestic Descending), Delaney, a New York City law professor, welcomes the opportunity to visit Adams, his long-distance lover, in Atlanta, even if the occasion is a melancholy one. Delaney has agreed to resolve the estate of Sarah O'Connor, a former law student and the daughter of his father's partner in the NYPD, who fell to her death off a cliff one night while camping in Cloudland Canyon in north Georgia. This routine assignment turns into anything but after Delaney learns O'Connor apparently stole a file from the federal prosecutor's office where she worked as a summer intern that implicated a major-league bad guy. Improbable action sequences (e.g., a trained psycho killer turns his back on Adams with fatal results) and unconvincing court scenes add up to a subpar effort. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Reviews
Two lawyers take on an estate case that leads to a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Former NYPD detective John Delaney, now a law professor, is in Atlanta to settle the estate of his late father's police partner's daughter Sarah O'Connor, who was killed in a fall. The trip is almost a vacation for John, whose lover, Atlanta-based lawyer Katherine Adams (Majestic Descending, 2007), is on hand to help him with local knowledge. After realizing that Sarah's apartment has been searched, John discovers a cache of porn films of Sarah and her boyfriend Andre Rostov and follows a trail of well-hidden clues to the discovery that she isn't dead after all. The FBI is just as interested in Sarah. They'd like to know what she did with a file she took while working as an intern for the U.S. Attorney's office. The file contains evidence that might convict crime boss Warren Blendel, who's already sent his henchman Hans Schiller and psychopathic killer Joshua to Atlanta to find the file and clean up any loose ends. After John and Katherine find Sarah hiding with Andre's sister, the three women head for a safe house in Florida while John goes to New York in search of answers. As John is discovering that the file exposes the car accident that killed his father as murder, the Florida trip leads to a nightmare chase through a swamp. Years of cover-ups are exposed in a tense New York courtroom. An edgy Spenseresque thriller that's hard to put down.
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Praise for Majestic Descending

“Crisply written…strong characterizations propel the story…a most successful debut.”—Booklist

“Fluent prose, smooth pacing, and an engaging protagonist make this narrative shine. The sex and violence are muted but still effective while the whodunit payoff is a real corker.”—Mystery Scene

“Graham writes a good courtroom scene and the sinking of the Majestic is exciting.”—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429959681
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 413,049
  • File size: 457 KB

Meet the Author


Mitchell Graham attended college at The Ohio State University on a fencing scholarship and later when on to earn a law degree. After practicing law for twenty years he went back to school to study neuropsychology. He has represented the United States many times in international fencing competitions and along the way has won or placed in the finals of over eighty-three separate tournaments. He lives in Marietta, Georgia.


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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

    Loved it

    This was a fun book to read. I finished it in about two days. Be warned, once you start it's really hard to put down. It was the same way with the first book in the series. I really enjoy the author's style of writing which is not overly descriptive nor flowery. Unlike some, he tends to treat readers as if they had some intelligence. The story had humor, tension, and strong interplay between the characters.

    I was sold after the prologue and stayed that way until the end.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    Fun mystery/legal

    I generally enjoy a good mystery and this was no exception. I felt the character of Katherine Adams was a lot of fun and easy to relate to. There are so many twists and turns in the plot, sometimes I had to stop and think where I was, but it all came together nicely.

    I understand that this is actually the second book author Graham has published with the two lead characters. They make a great team and I'm hoping the author will write more. I'm heading off to the store now to get his first book!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

    Excellent Page-turning Thriller

    I took Mitchell Graham's last book, Majestic Descending, on a cruise and could not put it down. I literally ran to the store to buy the follow-up the day it was released, Dead Docket, and was not disappointed. This time Delaney (an ex-cop turned lawyer) carries the story and it twists and turns keeping you on edge until the end. Graham's humor is subtle but flows throughout. I felt this was even faster paced than Majestic Descending. There is something in this for everyone - romance, suspense and courtroom drama. I can't wait for his next book.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Fast Paced Solid Thriller

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dead Docket is Mitchell Graham's sequel to Majestic Descending which came out last year. The author has an excellent, distinctive style and the characters are enjoyable. I felt the plot twists were well thought out and the courtroom scenes were quite realistic. It's always a treat to me when one character isn't "on stage" all the time. Mr. Graham trades off nicely between Katherine Adams and her beau John Delaney, an ex-NY cop turned attorney.

    I would have no trouble recommending this book. Job well done!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Rubik's Cube Thriller

    This book was a quick, fun read with an intelligently done plot line. I enjoyed the dialogue and the character of John Delaney a great deal. HE reminds me a Robert Parker's Spencer. I'm a big fan of legal/courtroom thrillers and Dead Docket is one of the better ones I've come across. Two other members of our book club picked it up when I did and the feedback has been consistent.

    Definitely a solid interesting book to spend a little time with.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Enjoyable

    Solid characters, an inventive story line, and good courtroom action make this a good choice for anyone who is a fan of mysteries. One of the clerks at Barnes & Noble suggested it. I'm glad she did.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

    A Pretty Good Book

    I borrowed this book from my girlfriend and got into it quickly. The author's style is fluid and easy to read. The plot took several surprise turns, which I liked very much. In other words I didn't find it predictable or formulaic. I really don't agree with the reviewer who said the story seemed like it was "mailed in." I didn't feel that way at all. The action sequences were exciting and well done as was the trial. I've worked in the Cleveland court system for fifteen years and I can say with some assurance it was pretty accurate.

    One of the things I generally look for in a novel is solid characterizations and I wasn't disappointed. I would have liked to see a bit more of Katherine Adams however. She's not only whip smart, but funny. She and John Delaney, an ex-New York homicide detective, turned lawyer make a great pair.

    I hope the author writes more about these two. This book was a pleasant surprise.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

    Great Sequel

    I read Graham's Majestic Descending about two years ago and really enjoyed it. In my opinion he writes as well as Grisham and Coben,who are two of my favorites.

    When his father's ex-partner comes to him and asks him to travel to Georgia to settle his daughter's estate, John Delaney doesn't want to do it, but reluctantly agrees. Being a former cop, Delaney is motivated by a sense of loyalty. The trip will also give him an opportunity to see Katherine Adams, the lady he's been dating for the last year. Katherine was the heroine of Majestic Descending, a crackling page-turner of a novel, mentioned above.

    While gathering up the girl's possessions the pair come across a box of porn tapes that feature the dead girl. Delaney is stunned by the discovery begins to investigate. Little by little he comes to the conclusion the girl might not be dead.

    In this book nothing is as it seems. Every time you think you have a handle on the ending Graham throws another twist at you. I found this story to be an easy read and well paced. It held my interest all the way through.

    Definitely a fine novel with great characters.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

    nothing special

    in the pantheon of legal thrillers, I would have to consider Dead Docket as run-of-the-mill. The book's rather paint-by-number plotting didn't really hold my interest for too many pages. On the action scale, there were more jolts and jars than twists and turns. This one seemed to be mailed in.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

    Didn't hit the spot

    A rambling plot line and sometimes confusing storyline left me underwhelmed by this book. Although character development is usually secondary in a suspense novel, it would have been nice to see a little more evolution of the characters. Can't recommend it except for those who are not very discerning about their reading material.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

    A Solid Mystery Novel

    I very much enjoyed this intricate thriller. There was humor, creepy bad guys, and a very intelligent and tough good guy. Delaney and his girl pal, Katherine Adams (K.J.), a bright Atlanta lawyer, make a great team. Both are mature, in their late forties, and both are capable of carrying the story and playing off each other when need be. In reading the book I was reminded or Spencer, Robert Parker's returning hero.

    I'm a fan.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    THE KIND OF SEQUEL YOU HOPE FOR BUT DO NOT THINK IS POSSIBLE -- IT EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS!

    I heard about this author from friends who know that this book is the sequel to "Majestic Descending" and is currently in production to become one of two Bruce Willis movies, the first coming out in July 2011, so I had to read it. I was up all night reading Majestic, then within five minutes, I literally put on my shoes to drive to the book store to purchase "Dead Docket". I finished it the next day. That's how good these two books are. I really cannot remember being so happy about time spent with a modern day mystery in quite some time. Thank you, Mitchell Graham!

    The plots and characters in both of these books are AWESOME! You really will be stunned by the endings and this author is hopefully going to be translated into terrific new movie thrillers -- everything a writer, director and actor could possible hope for is in these books, so I hope they don't mess it up.

    Regardless, it is always a joy to find a fresh new voice that isn't the usual formula so many of the big name writers keep churning out in what seem to be a never ending pipeline of the same old, same old. Finally a work of original ideas that rolls along really fast and smooth. Graham puts the twist and turn back into this genre and I loved every minute of it.

    Both are must reads which you don't have to read in order, but if you read one you will want to read the other. Either way, you'll thank me if you aren't too tired after staying up all night -- twice! I'd strongly recommend starting it on a Saturday morning...

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    action-packed thriller

    They became lovers in New York City (see MAJESTIC DESCENDING), but while John Delaney is a Big Apple law professor, Katherine Adams is an Atlanta lawyer. They miss one another, but keep in contact though long distance relationships are difficult.

    Delaney is excited and sad as he has a professional reason to see Katherine. Delaney is heading to Georgia to settle the estate of the daughter of his father's partner. Apparently Sarah fell off a cliff while camping in Cloudland Canyon in north Georgia Mountains. However, this simple matter turns ugly when Delaney learns O'Connor allegedly stole a file from the US Attorney's office where she worked as a legal intern; the file contained incriminating evidence against crime boss Warren Blendel. John soon realizes that Sarah's apartment was searched and that the FBI has kept a case open involving her and her boyfriend Andre Rostov. Not long after that Blendel's thugs come to Atlanta to bury anyone associated with the evidence. Katherine and John find a tie to his fathers' death as the case spins further out of control.

    Throw away your plausibility meter somewhere on the East Coast and the reader will have a great time going along for the ride of an action-packed thriller. The story line is action-packed and feels at times out of control as Adams and Delaney land in one dangerous disaster after another. Filled with twists, fans will appreciate this entertaining but improbable thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

    Solid Story

    I found the characters interesting and the plot compelling. This was one of the better mysteries I've read this year. Definitely enjoyed it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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