Murder One (David Sloane Series #4)

Murder One (David Sloane Series #4)

by Robert Dugoni


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451606690
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: David Sloane Series , #4
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robert Dugoni has practiced as a civil litigator in San Francisco and Seattle for seventeen years. In 1999 he left his law practice to write full time. 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. A two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest, he lives with his wife and two children in the Pacific Northwest.

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

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Murder One 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Murder One is an excellent and dramatic courtroom novel. There is no reason to say more as I wouldn't want to give away anything that might surprise you if you read the novel, but I will say that I did not get a free copy of the book, nor an advance copy, and have no interest in Nook pricing! And I've never met Robert Dugoni.
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Murder One is the next gripping installment in Robert Dugoni's intense series featuring his "Can't Lose" lawyer David Sloane. There's not a case David won't win, or is there? Finally returning from the self-imposed exile that David succumbed to after the tragedy that befell him, he finds himself grudgingly front and center the focus of attention when asked to be keynote speaker at a gathering of contemporaries. At last, trying to slip out the back door who does he cross paths with but his past rival and nemesis, Barclay Reid. In a change of character, Barclay is sympathetic providing the broken and vulnerable David with the private details of a tragedy of her own. They very soon find themselves banded together to bring to justice the source of Barclay's pain, as well as treading into a relationship on a personal level. No sooner partnered, do they find themselves questioned in their target's murder with Barclay placed in custody as number one suspect..can David work his magic and get Barclay cleared? He is the best there is, surely he can do it! David sets out on his mission to clear Barclay's name, he knowing in his heart she is being wrongly accused, things start to add up differently. In the midst of his first criminal trial David and his band of covert associates work to put the pieces together, working the clues no matter where they lead truth be told, with police and experts seeming to fall behind. A fast-paced page turner with twist and turns no one sees coming, back-tracking to past unsolved cases, missing persons and witnesses that seem to have their own agenda. It wouldn't be David Sloane without the danger to himself and his knight in shining armor sense of righteousness.
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
Robert Dugoni's latest David Sloane legal thriller is actually more of a mystery than a thriller. But that isn't a bad thing. The author is in top storytelling form, weaving a complex plot that has the reader turning pages and trying to guess whodunit right up to the very end. In previous novels, Sloane has gone up against government and corporate conspiracies with long arms and deep pockets that threaten his life and the lives of the people he cares about. There seem to be dangers at every turn. Now, year after his wife was murdered by someone involved in one of those cases, he goes back to work and tries to get back to living. Before he knows it, he's romantically involved with Barclay Reid, another lawyer and former adversary, she's accused of murdering the drug kingpin she blames for the tragic overdose of her daughter, and he's put in the position of defending a criminal case, something he's never done. As the investigation unfolds, all of the evidence indicates that Barclay is guilty. Sloane and his private investigator friend Charles Jenkins struggle to make the all the pieces fit and find the real killer. At least this time his adversaries are straight-shooting cops and the legal system and some uncooperative witnesses. Sloane's heart and integrity are on the line, even if his life isn't. Murder One is a fine addition to the David Sloane series. Robert Dugoni has filled it with colorful characters and local details that add life and depth to what might otherwise have been a dry police procedural. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually figure mysteries out fairly quickly. This one took me to the end. I like the characters and the story line. I read as much as I could get away with between work, wife and sleeping.
lindyLW More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. It has so many twists and turns in it. You think you know who did it and something happens to change it all during the book. You can`t put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read any of the others in the series but will now....very good read!
vbd More than 1 year ago
Dugoni is fun to read, and his main character, David Sloane is a great guy to read about. I have read all four of his books, and anxiously await the next.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Seattle, thirteen months ago attorney David Sloane's wife was murdered. Now he makes his first speaking engagement since she died at the Rainier Club to promote legal aid services. Afterward as he starts to sneak out he literally runs into lawyer Barclay Reid who he opposed in court last year. She also grieves a close loss, the death of her daughter Carly from a heroin overdose. Reid wants to hire Sloane as her lawyer in a wrongful death suit against Russian expatriate car dealership owner Filyp Vasiliev, who recently beat a drug rap when a judge tossed out as inadmissible key evidence. Barclay insists the monster makes his money selling heroin including the amount that killed her daughter. Soon after their meeting, someone kills Vasiliev in his luxurious mansion. The police suspect Reid who has the motive. Instead of a wrongful death suit, Sloane defends his client against a murder charge in which the evidence seems heavily to affirm she killed Vasiliev. Private investigator Charles Jenkins seeks contrary information to support Reid's contention of innocence. The fourth Sloane legal thriller is a strong entry as he works the jurisprudence system while his partner works the Seattle streets. Fast-paced, this time the hero is not being shot at, as he battles in court. Readers will enjoy Sloane's return to the living in this fine legal thriller with an anticipated but enjoyable final twist. Harriet Klausner
Tmtrvlr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Main characters David Sloane and Barclay Reid have a chance meeting and a definite connection, but then the drug kingpin who sold the drugs that killed Reid's daughter ends up dead. Main suspect - Barclay Reid! Is Barclay an innocent grieving mother or a cold calculating killer? David puts his legal skills to work to prove her innocence. This legal thriller has many twists in the story and leaves the reader guessing until the end. Although I was sure that I had it all figured out, more twists left even me surprised. I enjoyed and cared about Sloane's character.This was my first Robert Dugoni book and I enjoyed it enough to order two of his previous books.Thank you to Simon &Schuster¿s eGalley program for the e-copy of this book
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Tina52 More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book to read!!!
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Even though I guessed the ending, this did not hamper the excellent writing style and terrific characters in this book. There were enough twists and turns to make this read hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Robert Dugoni's books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading this author. I will look for his books now.
RGB1 More than 1 year ago
Good plot, suspenseful. Will read more Dugoni!
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Notek More than 1 year ago
I am looking forward to reading more of Drugoni's books. Kept me interested from beginning to end,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would definitely recommend this book and will read others by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me interested even though court room dramas are not my favorite genre. I liked the main character and wanted him to end up "okay." I would read other books by this author
VbeeVA More than 1 year ago
Great story filled with action and suspense. Highly recommend this book.