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Perfect Alibi (Mike Daley Series #7)
     

Perfect Alibi (Mike Daley Series #7)

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by Sheldon Siegel
 

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Beloved Bay Area author Sheldon Siegel returns with a dramatic new case that hits way too close to home for the law firm of Fernandez and Daley.

The seventh installment in this bestselling, critically-acclaimed series opens with Mike Daley representing a tattooed record store clerk in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her vibrator — the “marital

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Beloved Bay Area author Sheldon Siegel returns with a dramatic new case that hits way too close to home for the law firm of Fernandez and Daley.

The seventh installment in this bestselling, critically-acclaimed series opens with Mike Daley representing a tattooed record store clerk in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her vibrator — the “marital aid” failed to turn off at a critical moment, and Mike the ex-priest is forced to brave his embarrassment and demonstrate the faulty on/off switch for a skeptical judge.

Things quickly take a darker turn, however, when Mike and Rosie learn that their sixteen-year-old daughter’s boyfriend has been arrested in the beating death of his father, a Superior Court judge. Bobby Fairchild claims that he found his father’s body after returning home from a date with Grace. The police contend that his parents’ acrimonious divorce sent the boy over the edge — they found him at the scene holding the bloody hammer that was used to kill his father. With their daughter as Bobby’s only alibi, Mike and Rosie take the case and uncover a sex scandal that will take them into the homes of some of San Francisco’s most prominent citizens.

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Publishers Weekly
In Siegel's so-so seventh mystery featuring San Francisco defense counsel Mike Daley (after 2008's Judgment Day), Daley and his ex-wife and legal partner, Rosie Fernandez, are weighing a return to the Public Defender's Office when they get immersed in a murder case that's all too personal. Their 16-year-old daughter Grace's boyfriend, Bobby Fairchild, is arrested for the bludgeoning murder of his father, a judge. The police case appears to be open and shut: Fairchild was found, literally red-handed, holding the bloody hammer used in the crime. Daley and Fernandez believe his protestations of innocence, based on his alibi--Grace herself. Under orders from Fairchild's mother, the lawyers scramble to identify the real killer in the few days they have before the preliminary hearing. Even lay readers will spot errors in courtroom procedures. Lackluster prose ("Murder cases are hard enough without a stressed-out teenager and a four-year-old in your office") doesn't help. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596923362
Publisher:
MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Mike Daley Series , #7
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.42(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.29(d)

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Perfect Alibi (Mike Daley Series #7) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LVLADY More than 1 year ago
The publisher's back-cover blurb sets the scene: "For Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez -- former spouses and current law partners, the stakes have never been higher. In the seventh installment of this best-selling, critically acclaimed series, the duo learn that their sixteen-year-old daughter's boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his father, a Superior Court judge. Bobby Fairchild, however, claims to have found his father's body upon returning home from a date with Grace. The police, who found Bobby at the scene of the crime holding the murder weapon, contend that his parents' acrimonious divorce sent the boy over the edge. With their daughter as Bobby's only alibi, Mike and Rosie take the case and uncover a sex scandal that takes them down San Francisco's darkest alleys and into the homes of the city's most prominent citizens." The author's trade-mark humor greets you almost immediately and makes you smile. In describing a judge, Siegel writes: "The three-hundred pound Brahman responds with another pronounced sigh. The fifth-generation San Franciscan firmly be- lieves his appointment to the bench was an entitlement bestowed upon him by birthright. To those of us who have the privilege of appearaing before him, it's common knowledge that Putty Chandler is well into the back nine of a thoroughly undistin- guished judicial career." {Paragraph three}. Siegel, a practicing San Fraancisco attorney for more than twenty-five years, knows the legal system's ins and outs and presents them expertly and easily to his reader -- a definite plus to any courtroom drama. In Siegel's stories you look forward to learning more about the city he loves. This time, for example, he treats you to the history of Tank Hill, the Bohemian Club, the Tenderloin area, the Bayview, and the Grubstake Restaurant. Above all, however, in Sheldon Siegel's books you wit- ness compassionate character development. You love the characters because he loves the characters. Following is a sketch of one of my favorite returning characters, Roosevelt Johnson: "The dean of San Francisco homicide inspectors has handled every high-profile murder investigation in the City for forty years. A half-century ago, he and my father formed the SFPD's first integrated team. The good news is he'll proceed with competence and professionalism. The bad news is he doesn't arrest anybody unless he has the goods. . . . Inspector Johnson eyes me through wire-rimmed, aviator-style bifocals. The former college tight end has dropped some weight since he underwent radiation treatments for throat cancer last year. Nevertheless, the seventy-five-year-old legend still carries over two hundred pounds on his six-foot-four-inch frame." {Pages 23, 25-26}. Begin at the beginning of this super series with: SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
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Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Sheldon Siegel brings back two of the most fun lawyers in all of fiction back. Mike Daley and Rosie are asked to do something they have not done before. That is, defend their daughter's (Grace) boyfriend accused of the murder of his father who was a prominent judge. This is one case that will test their skill as they are personally involved with the defendents and have to put aside their parenting bias. The evidence against Grace's boyfriend is enormous and his only defense seems to be the alibi of Grace. As always they have to lock horns with their out of court friend, Roosevelt, who is the arresting detective and need to investigative skills of their brother Pete to help out. It seems the Judge had a powerful enemy and also the Judge was involved in some shady business himself. Sheldon keeps you guessing up to the end as to Grace's and her boyfriend's involvement and does a wonderful job of making this book difficult to put down. I also enjoyed the interplay between Mike, Rosie and Grace and when the lawyers must interogate their daughter and have to worry about winning their case at the possible cost of ruining the relationship with Grace. I hope Siegel will do another Mike and Rosie tale!
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