Incriminating Evidence (Mike Daley Series #2)

Incriminating Evidence (Mike Daley Series #2)

by Sheldon Siegel
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Incriminating Evidence (Mike Daley Series #2) by Sheldon Siegel

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Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez, now into the third year of their legal partnership and still as close as a formerly married, hopelessly contentious, deeply bonded couple can be, find themselves with another front-page case. Skipper Gates, the San Francisco District Attorney who is the city and county's chief law enforcement officer, calls them from the Hall of Justice, where he has just been arrested for the murder of a male prostitute found tied to the bed in a hotel room where Skipper was staying. The evidence against him is formidable as well as salacious. It seems clear he's lying when he says he has no idea how the victim got there, much less how he died—but it's also clear he needs a terrific criminal attorney, and Mike and Rosie take the case.
This is the start of a probe that takes us into San Francisco's old Mission District, vividly portrayed in its many ramifications. It's where both Mike and Rosie had grown up, back in the days when it was a working class community of Irish and Spanish families. It's gentrifying now, meaning that many of the old buildings are giving way to the pricey lofts of the yuppies and dot-com techies. But much of it is still seedy or worse; this is the cesspool center of the city's drug trade, prostitution and porn business. Johnny Garcia, the corpse in Skipper's hotel room, was a seventeen-year-old male prostitute—and the search for what actually happened takes our heroes and their lively supporting cast into the lowest depths and some of the highest echelons of San Francisco life.
Sheldon Siegel's second novel is marked by the same energy, drive, sardonic insight, vividlegal detail, trial scenes, and startling outcome as SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, but it has a darker, more disturbing story to tell that reveals fresh, more probing aspects of this gifted author's talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553581935
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2002
Series: Mike Daley Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

Sheldon Siegel, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Law School, has been in private practice in San Francisco for over seventeen years. He lives in Marin County with his wife and twin sons and is at work on his third novel.

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Incriminating Evidence 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Another drama with great charactrer and plot development. Excellent courtroom antics and interesting story regarding Mike Daley becoming the defense attorney for his arch nemesis. Bravo??
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sheldon Siegel's second novel, Incriminating Evidence, is every bit as good as his very good first book, Special Circumstances; and he deserves to be placed in the top-tier of legal thriller writers. Siegel's characters are very well-developed -- particularly his continuing protagonist, Mike Daley, and his ex-wife and law partner, Rosie -- and the plot is fast-paced and bristles with energy. Siegel's ability to combine excitement, surprises, humor and suspense makes Incriminating Evidence a book that you won't want to put down. Without going into detail for fear of providing information which might weaken some of the story's suspense for you, the only thing that kept me from rating this book a '5' is that I felt slightly--and I emphasize 'slightly'-- disappointed in the ending. Nevertheless, Special Circumstances is a book I know you'll enjoy and will want to recommend to your friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well-known district attorney accused of murder; male prostitute, poisons, prosecutors eating their own -- all in the first chapter. Beyond that, Incriminating Evidence creates a world of intrigue, payoffs, shady characters in saint's clothing -- in addition to wanting to find out 'who done it' -- or at least did his guy do it, the real, unique power of Incriminating Evidence are the questions unanswered, as in real life, even as certain powers that be are exposed. A few courtroom blunders, but mostly dead-on capture of courtroom workings and, more important, courtroom personalities. Excellent; excellent; excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best legal thriller I have ever read. Good characters, fast pace, good story and it grips you from start to finish. Buy it and have fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!! What a sequel!!!! Usually the second book falls flat but the continuing escapades of mike and rosie through the brilliant writing skills of sheldon siegel make this one a complete, total winner!!!! Do not waste your time reading further reviews, just get this awesome book and start reading so you can tell everyone else about this phenomenal legal thriller. Thanx, Sheldon, for such an exciting romp through our very own wonderful area! Hurry up with book 3 please!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ex-priest, now defense attorney, Mike Daley never expected to receive a phone call from District Attorney Prentice (Skipper) Gates. Skipper, now a front runner for California attorney general, has a history with Mike, a bad one¿not only did Skipper aid in Mike losing his job, but he also went up against him, prosecuting a case Mike was defending¿now, Skipper needs his help, as it turns out Skipper has awoke in his hotel room to find a dead male prostitute in bed. Arrested, Skipper needs Mike¿s help, for Mike is the best man for the job. Swearing his innocence, Skipper begs Mike to take on the case and clear his name. Mike, not a big fan of Skipper, hesitates, but does what any good defense attorney would do¿he takes on the case, with the help of his partner, and ex-wife Rosie. As Mike and Rosie begin their investigation they realize very powerful people are willing to do whatever it takes to keep some things from being found out. And the deeper the two become involved they chase a trail from the seedier side of town where drugs and bodies are always for sale, to the closed doors of the rich. Mike and Rosie frantically race to put together the pieces of this puzzle for a man¿s life depends on it. `Incriminating Evidence¿ packs a wallop, starting off fast, the reader is led on a maze of twists and turns, where no one is who they seem, and everyone has something to hide. Using powerful suspense, high drama, and hot courtroom scenes, Sheldon Siegel has crafted an excellent follow-up to his debut bestseller `Special Circumstances¿, one that will keep readers up all night turning the pages. Move over Grisham, Sheldon Siegel has arrived, and with this, his second novel, he has proven he is an author to reckon with. With his original plots, and page-turning twists Sheldon Siegel has joined my list of MUST READ authors! With out question `Incriminating Evidence¿ will be a bestseller, and have fans anxiously awaiting the next appearance of Mike Daley. Nick Gonnella
harstan More than 1 year ago
San Francisco District Attorney Prentice ¿Skipper¿ Gates III held a campaign rally for his bid for reelection at the Fremont Hotel that ended late. He stayed at the hotel overnight only to wake up with a male corpse sharing his room. The police arrest Skipper for murder and he then calls Mike Daley, his former partner in the Simpson and Gates law firm to get him out of jail and defend him in such a way that this campaign and his future efforts at statewide office are not damaged.

Besides courtroom rivals in recent years since Mike is a defense attorney, the duo had bad blood when they worked together. Still, a reluctant Mike accepts Skipper as a client though he feels the man is guilty or at least hiding something. As the prosecutors pursue a death penalty conviction, accompanied by his partner, his ex-wife Rosita Fernandez, Mike begins making inquiries throughout the Bay area to learn what went down that night.

Sheldon Siegel brings back the effective legal team of Daley and Fernandez (see SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES) in another captivating legal thriller. The story line provides a wonderful tour of San Francisco inside a strong courtroom drama that enables readers to follow Mike¿s thought processes. The INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE against Skipper and his attitude makes Mike and Rosita¿s work much harder and this much more enjoyable for the reader. Sub-gene fans will want more tales from Mr. Siegel starring his dynamic duo, but perhaps Rosita can take the lead so that the audience can understand her thinking better from more of her perspective than that of Mike¿s.

Harriet Klausner