Missing Witness

Missing Witness

by Gordon Campbell
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Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell

1973, Phoenix, Arizona. A beautiful woman with a gun enters a house with her twelve-year-old daughter. When they leave, the man inside is dead.

Though the only witness to the fatal shooting is in a catatonic state and unable to testify, the police, the attorney general's office, and the media have already declared the woman guilty. But the best trial lawyer in Phoenix, Dan Morgan, has been hired to prove her innocent.

For Morgan and his idealistic young protégé, Doug McKenzie, the goal is to win at any cost. But there are no easy answers, only shocks and mysteries, as the question of guilt versus innocence takes on a profound and disturbing new meaning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061646638
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Gordon Campbell lives with his wife, United States District Judge Tena Campbell, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he practices law with the firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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Missing Witness 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was leary when I first started reading, but boy am I glad I finished. It was hard to put down. I hope to read more from this author. You can't go wrong reading this book. Exciting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, very suspencful.
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VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Very well written for a first time author. I learned so much about the manipulation of the lawyers in a court room, and the "show" they create. One murder, two trials. Who really killed the man, the husband, the son, the father?
theWord More than 1 year ago
Loved the 70s scene. The cigarettes, the drinking. A total different era lending authencity and realism. Great believable characters. real life characters. Thank God everyone wasnt tall and beautiful and rich and flawless. These characters you can relate to. Twisting plot line too. You wont know whats next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is undoubtedly one of the best thrillers I have read in some time. Campbell captures the reader's interest immediately and never lets go. Prepare yourself for hours of total absorption. I can hardly wait for his next novel. Recommended highly. You will love it!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1973 in Phoenix, Arizona, Rita Eddington and her twelve-year-old daughter Miranda enter a house where the mother fires shots killing her husband. The police arrest Rita with the murder of Travis. The DA and the cops believe this is a slam dunk case as the only other suspect is Miranda whose witnessing of the homicide left her catatonic (obviously the title character).

Surprisingly Rita¿s wealthy father-in-law Ferris hires the best defense attorney in the state Dan Morgan of Morgan and McKenzie. Morgan and his able second chair Doug McKenzie believe their client is guilty based on the overwhelming evidence although the latter has a problem with that concept as he has known Rita all his life and cannot envision her committing murder. Still they plan the best defense they can mount as they just need an iota of doubt in the mind of one juror.

This is an intriguing legal procedural that sub-genre purists who prefer plenty of legal maneuvers over action will want to read this. The story line starts off with an interesting premise of a father-in-law hiring the best lawyer in the state to defend his daughter-in-law on trial for killing his son. Fans, Dan and Doug wonder why especially Morgan who knows the Eddington family as close friends. MISSING WITNESS is an insightful suspense tale brings the jurisprudence system under a close up microscope.

Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is 'this was a very good read.' Kind of hard to believe it is the author's first book. The characters are well defined and honest. The courtroom scenes are believable and the plot with it's twists are well done. Worth the purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. And for me the mystery is secondary to the wonderful characters here, (who have been listed and described in other reviews, along with the plot.) They're all the things that real people are: sometimes wry, sometimes mean, sometimes weak, sometimes strong and ruthless, but always down-to-earth and engagingly human. Not perfect, but you'll enjoy spending time with them and getting to know them better. I really admired the small, subtle touches Campbell used to illuminate character (you'll have to read the novel to discover the many examples), and the perfectly pitched dialogue and arc of each scene. The court room episodes are also nicely done, imparting a lot of legal procedure while allowing the lawyers to breathe, too. And the whodunit, while a surprise, is not the complete shock that would overwhelm the rest of the book. 'Missing Witness' has been compared to the legal thrillers of Scott Turow, which seems pretty accurate, though Campbell hasn't achieved the power and pathos present in Turow's best work. Yet.