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Confessions abound-some of them quite unexpected-in Sheldon Siegel's new legal thriller.

Mike Daley doesn't go to confession much since he left the priesthood twenty years ago and became a lawyer, but that doesn't stop his old friend, Father Ramon Aguirre, from trying to get him there. "It wouldn't kill you to go to church once in a while," he tells Mike. But it does kill someone.

For several months, a ruinous sexual harassment suit has been ...

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Overview

Confessions abound-some of them quite unexpected-in Sheldon Siegel's new legal thriller.

Mike Daley doesn't go to confession much since he left the priesthood twenty years ago and became a lawyer, but that doesn't stop his old friend, Father Ramon Aguirre, from trying to get him there. "It wouldn't kill you to go to church once in a while," he tells Mike. But it does kill someone.

For several months, a ruinous sexual harassment suit has been building against the San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese, and when the plaintiff's lawyer is found dead, an apparent suicide, an almost audible sigh of relief is heard in certain quarters. But that is before the police find evidence of murder. Even worse-the evidence points to Father Aguirre.

Mike and his ex-wife law partner, Rosie, jump in to take the priest's case, but what started out as difficult soon appears impossible as forensics, witnesses, and secrets from Father Aguirre's past all incriminate their client. Soon, their wits are the only things keeping the priest from a life sentence or worse, and wits simply may not be enough-unless they can conjure up a miracle of their own.

Of Siegel's most recent book, Publishers Weekly said, "The verdict is clear; another win for Siegel." And so it is again.

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Lawyer and ex-priest Mike Daley is back again in Siegel's fifth legal thriller (Final Verdict, etc.), this time going to bat for Father Ramon Aguirre, his longtime friend and beloved local priest in San Francisco's Mission District. Aguirre is accused of murdering his parishioner Maria Concepcion, a fiercely competitive lawyer who became something of a celebrity after instigating and successfully settling several abuse cases against the Roman Catholic Church. Her latest suit alleging sexual impropriety by a prominent priest has come to an abrupt halt with her death, and the prosecutor is claiming that Ramon, whose fingerprints are found on the murder weapon and her naked body, is guilty. Daley believes in Ramon's innocence and agrees to help him pro bono despite the archdiocese's suspicious insistence that they be his sole representation in the case. Incriminating evidence against Ramon continues to appear, including the possibility that the priest has fathered Maria's unborn child. As Daley moves from the drug and prostitution-ridden underbelly of San Francisco, where auto parts and offers of legal aid are exchanged for cooperation, to the tension-filled courtroom and the hushed offices of the church, it gradually becomes apparent that Ramon isn't the only character with a lot at stake in this intelligent, timely thriller. Agent, Margret McBride. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Sardonic Frisco attorney Michael Daley defends a popular priest against a murder charge. Mike Daley (Final Verdict, 2003, etc.), back for a fifth outing, takes his monthly confession and follow-up lunch with old friend and one-time fellow seminarian Ramon Aguirre; Mike spent a short time in the priesthood before settling into a legal career, while Father Ramon has become a benevolent fixture in the Mission District. Mike shares news of significant other (and law partner and ex-wife) Rosie in her recovery from breast cancer; Ramon shares his sadness over the apparent suicide of parishioner Maria Conception, a workaholic lawyer and recent divorcee who, at the time of her death, was prosecuting the local archdiocese in a high-profile sexual harassment lawsuit. The evening after lunch together, Mike is stunned when Ramon calls and asks for help: he's been arrested for Maria's murder. Problems pile up even before they get to trial. Ramon is full of secrets about his relationship with Maria, and Mike learns them one uncomfortable piece at a time: Ramon and Maria were once lovers, Maria was pregnant when she died, and Ramon may have been the father (albeit via artificial insemination). The archdiocese has its own attorneys, the very corporate Quinn and Shanahan, who want the maverick Mike off the case. Chances of them putting Ramon's interests ahead of the Church's are slim, and they remain in a constant tug-of-war with Mike. Circumstantial evidence looks bad for Ramon, but Mike finds a handful of suspects with motive at local restaurant Eduardo's Latin Palace. Maria was having an affair with owner Eduardo Lopez, who was also stepping out with hostess Mercedes Trujillo. Learning of hisdalliances, Eduardo's wife Vicki swore revenge. Maria's client in the suit against the diocese comes forward with vital evidence-and is suspiciously killed before she can testify. Siegel's dialogue crackles with pace and authenticity. His brisk narrative offers a nonstop barrage of cynical asides to the reader-not to every taste. Agent: Margret McBride
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399152122
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/19/2004
  • Series: Mike Daley Series , #5
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheldon Siegel has been in private practice in San Francisco for twenty years.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Don't waste your money, this is a rip off!

    I have read other Sheldon Siegel books that were pretty good. This one is only part of a book. Nothing tells you that when B/N advertised it. Therefore, I will probably not be buying any more Siegel books. Not sure if Barnes/Noble is the culprit or if Siegel is, either way I was terribly disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    Got ROBBED! DO NOT BUY THIS!

    You do NOT get the entire book! Only the first 23 chapters - What crap!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    I contacted B&N and within 24 hrs I recieved a refund with a

    I contacted B&N and within 24 hrs I recieved a refund with an offer to inform me when the issue with the incomplete book is corrected.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    So Disappointed

    Yep, after only 23 chapters, 350 pages, it stops right in the middle of the story. Obviously, it's not a problem with the novel, but rather with its transition to digital form. Nevertheless, after paying for it, I expect to be able to read the full book! I requested help from B&N, but never received a reply. Bummer!

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    Only part of the book - A RIP OFF!

    The book only gives your the first 23 chapters / 350 pages! It's probably about one-half of the entire book.

    DON'T BUY IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    MOVE OVER GRISHAM

    THIS IS MR. SIEGEL'S BEST TO DATE. MIKE AND ROSIE ARE SO BELIVEABLE. I READ THIS IN ONE DAY. I RECOMMEND ALL HIS BOOKS SO HIGHLY. EACH BOOK GETS BETTER NAD BETTER. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TOP THIS ONE? KEEP WRITTING AND I WILL KEEP READING. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE ENJOYMENT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2004

    HIS BEST YET

    Many times when an author uses the same characters over and over they become stale NOT SO with Mr. Siegel's Mike and Rosie. He only gets better and better with each book. Had to be in bed for a few days figuring that the book would keep me busy for those few days only one problem I read it with in the first day as the book was so GREAT. Mr. Siegel PLEASE keep writing about the episodes of Mike and Rosie and your readers will continue to follow. Thanks for giving us such a subperb author and such a wonderful style of writing.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A great legal thriller

    They are law partners and lovers who were once married but realized they couldn¿t live together so they divorced. Lawyers Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez agree not to take any high profile cases until their son sleeps through the night. When their friend Father Ramon Aguirre is arrested for killing a female parishioner he asks Mike and Rosie to handle the case and they agree because they won¿t turn their back on someone they care about........................ There is plenty of evidence that points to the priest as the criminal. His fingerprints are on the murder weapon, on her shoulder and on the bathtub faucets. The victim was made to look as if she committed suicide in the bathtub but the coroner rules it a homicide to make matters worse, the victim was pregnant and Father Ramon admits he donated sperm for an artificial insemination. It will take nothing less than a miracle for the lawyers to find the real killer to get the priest acquitted................................ Sheldon Siegel is to legal thrillers like Robin Cook is to medical thrillers. This enthralling novel keeps reader attention with one surprise after another bombarding the audience especially during the trial scenes in THE CONFESSION. The relationship between Mike and Rosie add an exotic dimension to this exciting courtroom drama in which the defense and prosecutor interrogation of witnesses makes for an authentic terrific tale......................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    The best legal thriller I've read in a long time.

    Ex-priest turned lawyer Mike Daley doesn¿t go to confession much, but he does keep in touch with his good friend, Father Ramon Aguirre. Father Aguirre tells Mike of the sexual harassment suit that has been building against the San Francisco Archdiocese, but, just as the case heats up, the plaintiff¿s lawyer turns up dead and Father Aguirre is the lead suspect. Mike knows that Father Aguirre didn¿t commit this crime, but the evidence is overwhelming¿and when the medical examiner discovers the victim was pregnant, Mike fears that secrets from Father Aguirre¿s past might seal his fate. With nothing to go on but their instincts, Mike and his partner/ex-wife Rosie dive head first into a case of sex, corruption, religion and murder to free their client. `The Confession¿ is the BEST entry in the Mike Daley legal series. Razor sharp dialogue and twists galore will readers turning the pages frantically to discover who did it and why. I finished `The Confession¿ in one sitting¿it¿s that good. This tale of murder moves at breakneck pacing and the setting of the church mixed with sex clubs keeps it fresh. Sheldon Siegel is a master of the legal thriller. He has an undeniable gift of spinning a great yarn and his newest is his best. With so many legal series appearing and disappearing, the Mike Daley series remains strong by being exciting and original, a series that I look forward to reading for years to come. Sheldon Siegel does not stray from what he does best¿writing a GREAT story. Forget all the other lawyers turned authors before him, Sheldon Siegel is the real deal¿an author that deserves the top spot on all the bestseller lists! A MUST read! Nick Gonnella

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2004

    I CONFESS...THIS BOOK IS BRILLIANT!!!!

    WOW!!! What a thrill to have my annual visit not only with Mike and Rosie but also with Nick the Dick and Terrence the Terminator! This is Sheldon Siegel's fifth incredible book in this phenomenal legal/mystery series set in San Francisco and sometimes in marvelous Marin and I feel that it is definitely his best one yet! The preliminary hearing in the judge's chambers and the edge-of-seat courtroom scenes are written so well that you just cannot believe that the author is not a litigator in real life! This book will make the perfect summertime read and is guaranteed to hit the charts instantly....providing some aggressive marketing is done on the part of publishers thereby showing some modicum of respect for this truly wonderful writer. Thank you, Sheldon, for such a terrrrrrific book!!!

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    Posted December 7, 2011

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