Murder One (David Sloane Series #4)

Murder One (David Sloane Series #4)

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by Robert Dugoni, Dan John Miller
     
 

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Finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction:
New York Times
bestselling author Robert Dugoni delivers another gripping legal thriller in his popular David Sloane series. The case? Defending the woman he loves against a charge of murder.

A year after the devastating murder of his wife, attorney David Sloane has returned to

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Finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction:
New York Times
bestselling author Robert Dugoni delivers another gripping legal thriller in his popular David Sloane series. The case? Defending the woman he loves against a charge of murder.

A year after the devastating murder of his wife, attorney David Sloane has returned to Seattle after three months in Mexico. At a black-tie dinner where he’s been persuaded to give the keynote address, Sloane reconnects with Barclay Reid, opposing counsel in his most prominent case. Barclay is suffering from her own personal tragedy—the death of her teenage daughter from a drug overdose. In the aftermath, Barclay has begun an intense crusade against the Russian drug traffickers she holds responsible for her daughter’s death, pursuing them with a righteousness that matches Sloane’s own zeal for justice. Despite their adversarial past, Sloane is drawn to Barclay and for the first time since his wife died, he finds himself beginning to have romantic feelings again.

But when Barclay’s crusade stalls and a Russian drug dealer turns up dead, she stands accused of murder, and Sloane is her chosen defender. Amid the swirling media frenzy, in his first criminal case, Sloane finds himself once again in harm’s way, while mounting evidence suggests that Barclay is a woman with many secrets—and may not be quite as innocent as she seems.

With his signature fast-paced, page-turning action and exhilarating plot twists, Robert Dugoni once again proves why he’s so often been named the heir to Grisham’s literary throne.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Dugoni's fourth legal thriller, the best yet in the series (after Bodily Harm), featuring Seattle attorney David Sloane, he attends his first public event since his wife's murder a year earlier, a benefit to promote legal aid services, where he literally runs into attorney Barclay Reid, an adversary from a previous case. Reid is also in mourning—for her college age daughter, Carly, who died of a heroin overdose. Reid mounts a charm offensive to persuade Sloane to represent her in a wrongful death suit against the Russian gangster, Filyp Vasiliev, who was behind the heroin sale that killed Carly and who has just beaten federal criminal charges after a judge tossed out crucial evidence at a pretrial hearing. The shooting death of Vasiliev in his Seattle home derails the developing romance between Sloane and Reid as well as the civil case. While many will anticipate the ending twist, Dugoni conveys the legalese in digestible form. (June)
From the Publisher
“Dugoni has done it again!” —Lisa Gardner

“DUGONI HAS CLAIMED HIS OWN POSITION ON THE LEGAL THRILLER A-LIST.” —Booklist

“DUGONI’S FINEST BOOK TO DATE.” —Library Journal (starred review)

Booklist

“Dugoni has often been described as a challenger to Turow and other big names in the legal-thriller genre, but at this point, he’s claimed his own position on the A-list. A must read for fans of courtroom drama from Grisham to Turow to Erle Stanley Gardner.” —Booklist

Library Journal
David Slone (Bodily Harm) is slowly rebuilding his life after his wife's murder. He runs into Barclay Reid, a beautiful attorney and an old legal adversary. Reid is also grieving; her daughter died from a drug overdose. They start dating, but Reid is obsessed with the man she believes caused her daughter's death, so when he gets off on a technicality, Reid decides to go after him via a civil suit with the famous "Jury Master" himself, Slone, as her new lawyer. The romance flourishes until the drug kingpin ends up dead, and Reid is arrested for his murder. Slone reluctantly tackles her defense, his first time in a criminal courtroom, but Reid isn't always forthcoming, and Slone finds his case unraveling. After his investigator uncovers some troubling evidence, the suspense really ratchets up a notch until the final, surprise ending. VERDICT Tight plotting and well-developed characters push Dugoni to the head of the legal thriller pack in what is probably his finest book to date. John Grisham and Scott Turow fans should add Dugoni to their list of must-reads.—Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611063776
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
David Sloane Series, #4
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Elizabeth George

“With Murder One Robert Dugoni creates more twists and turns than a road in the Cascade Mountains. For readers who love detailed police work and spot-on courtroom drama, this is the book to look for. He’ll keep you guessing right till the end.” —Elizabeth George

Linda Fairstein

“The verdict's in on Murder One—Robert Dugoni has written another first-class legal thriller. It's smart, taut, suspenseful and exquisitely plotted.” —Linda Fairstein
Lisa Gardner

“Dugoni has done it again! Taut courtroom scenes, stunning twists and deceptively dangerous men...and women. Be prepared for a helluva ride from a master of courtroom suspense!” —Lisa Gardner

Meet the Author

Robert Dugoni has practiced as a civil litigator in San Francisco and Seattle for seventeen years. In 1999 he left the full-time practice of law to write, and is a two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times before obtaining his doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. He lives with his wife and two children in the Pacific Northwest.

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