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Deadly Defiance (Stan Turner #10)

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Volume 10 of the Stan Turner Mysteries series featuring Dallas Attorneys Stan Turner, Paula Waters, and, beginning in this episode, Jodie Marshall who has finally worked her way through law school, passed the bar exam and assumed an associate position with the firm of Turner & Waters.
Paperback, 404 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Top Publications
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Oct 10, 2016 Aisling rated it it was ok
Painfully dull writing. The plots were not terrible but the writing is some of the worst I have read (outside of high school English). The prose is flat and I had to force myself to keep reading.
Sep 03, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Deadly Defiance through Goodreads, and I am glad that I did. Manchee delivers a great mystery that keeps you turning the pages anxious to see what would happen next. I really enjoyed how Manchee intertwined three main stories together each one tied together with the three main characters Stan, Paula, and Jodie who all work together and help each other with the three different cases. Manchee also really develops all three characters very well making the reader ...more
May 14, 2016 Deborah rated it did not like it
I received this book through a goodreads giveaway. I read a lot of classic fiction, and relax with mysteries. Unfortunately, this book was not great. The language is elementary. Many of the situations are implausible. I know of no woman who would become best friends with somebody who had tried to break up her marriage. The murder weapon, at the beginning of the book, is found in a dumpster. Later in the book, the police find the weapon sticking out of the body. At one point, there is a scene ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
The trouble with this book is that I kept staying up half the night to read "just one more" chapter. When I started reading, I thought it was "OK" ....but I soon got caught up in the caracters and the various story lines. Realistic???....We'll I doubt that most law firms have anywhere near that much drama on a daily basis...But definitely a good read. This is the first Stan Turner Mystery I have read and I will be looking for more of this series.
Debbie Carnes
Nov 12, 2013 Debbie Carnes rated it it was amazing
This is the second book by William Manchee that I have read, as with the first I loved it.

Mr Manchee has a real talent for keeping his readers hooked from the first page till the last.

This book is #10, but is also a great stand alone story line. I will be reading a lot more of William Manchee's books and so should you
Nov 14, 2011 Alfonso rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through first reads. The story starts off just a little bit slow for my liking, but the way the subplots coalesce is on point. Really enjoyed reading this book. It took me a few days to get into the story but once it had me intrigued I couldn't put it down.
Read Ng
Oct 30, 2016 Read Ng rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense, first-reads
This is only the third Stan Turner book that I have had the pleasure to have read. It was not a bad book. The court segments did have a sense of reality. It dawned on me during this reading, that the story had a "Dragnet" writing style and pacing. Even the dialog seemed too structured and wooden. I did like the plot and the ending seemed real, not a fairy tale ending where all the loose ends are tied up.

Have a GoodReads.

Sep 24, 2016 Janine rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, first-reads
I received this book through the goodreads giveaways for an honest review.

Deadly Defiance is the 10th Stan Turner mystery. I have only read one other, Cactus Island. I liked this one better. I like the way Stan and his partner, Paula, have multiple cases they work on throughout the book - more that one mystery to solve. I liked the cases and the solutions.
Jul 12, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it
Recommended to Lauren by: Goodreads First Reads
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program.

I really wanted to like this book.

Likable characters- Stan and Jodie were actually characters I could get to like. They are dedicated to their jobs and care about their clients.

Courtroom Drama- Where the dialog and narrative seems strongest is when the characters are discussing legalities and in the courtroom. It feels natural. The author is in his element here.

Multiple Cases- The fact that there are multiple cas
Nov 03, 2011 Katherine rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
The opening sentence of this book was almost enough to make me put it aside. " One of the most difficult events in a parent's life is when....." A noun cannot be an adverb!! Occurs when perhaps but is NOT when. I battled this sentence structure for 30 years teaching and correcting term papers--but I guess I just have to accept it along with run-on sentences since Manchee and my students refuse to listen. If Mr Manchee would put a period instead of a comma everytime he wanted to use the word " so ...more
Danielle Urban
May 10, 2016 Danielle Urban rated it it was amazing
Deadly Defiance by William Manchee is a crime mystery thriller that features women sleuths. I loved the murder cases that were brought up, inside this intriguing novel. Here, readers will find that two women are being accused of their husbands' murders. So, there are two women sleuths each working a separate murder case that involves a woman being charged for the crime of murdering their husbands. What's really interesting is that one of these accused women has been labeled as a wife killer ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
Deadly Defiance is the first book that I have read by William Machee. I was a third of the way through the book when I realized that this story is in the town that I am living in! That is Plano, Texas so my eyes started looking for anything that seemed like Plano. This book does very well as a standalone. It is the 10th in the Stan Turner Series but I never felt lost because of either missing out on past history or having to dealing with too many characters. It is also a page turner. I did not ...more
David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.

I have always heard that anyone can draw and do artwork.I believe that this true, but I also realize that it doesn't mean everyone has the same abilityor level of talent.Most people are in the stick figure and paint by numbers range.Very few are capable of producing a Mona Lisa or a statue of David.But there is still a wide range between those two extremes as well.Including a stage where, the artist can consistently produce pleasing artwork that appeals to mo
Sep 27, 2011 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-mystery
I received "Deadly Defiance" as a bonus Goodreads gift of William Manchee's latest novel.This is a Stan Turner Mystery (Volume 10).I have read other novels by this author, and I was not disappointed with his latest novel.I couldn't put this book down. I found it amazing!

In Dallas, hairdresser Maureen Thompson rollerblades several miles to Turner & Waters law firm as her husband Rod, owner of Thompson Construction, left her a large debt including one to the IRS and her car is repossessed. The
Disclosure: I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway on the premise that I would review it.

This is the tenth volume in a series about Stan Turner, a Dallas based attorney for the firm of Turner and Waters. It’s 1995, and the law firm is going through a bit of a financial crunch. Their current clients don’t seem to be likely to help with that much. First, there’s Maureen Thompson, whose bankruptcy filing is put on hold when her estranged husband turns up dead from multiple icepick wounds. Whi
Nov 16, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, this mystery book has it all. Stan Turner is an attorney whose office handles all kinds of cases. Many of the cases he takes are filled with danger for Stan and the attorneys who work with him. He may be a little unusal as he works with 2 females attorneys. The ladies sometimes can find out information that might be difficult for male attorneys to discover. cases in this book are:
Maureen Thompson-young mother comes to Stan for help in bankruptcy, then is charged with her husband's murder. S
Oct 30, 2011 Kai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deadly Defiance has three cases going on as well as Stan Turner's personnel dilemma. Stan Turner, Paula Waters and Jodie Marshall have to represent with a Ice Pick Widow, confrontation with the Mexican Drug Cartel and illegal sweat shop and locating a unknown heir for the probate case while Stan is trying to figure out what is wrong with his wife's health. I'm just surprised that none of the television networks have considered producing a television series for the Stan Turner series. There is a ...more
Glenda Alexander
Nov 20, 2011 Glenda Alexander rated it really liked it
Stan Turner and his best friend Paula Waters are partners in the law firm Turner and Waters Law offices, Jodie Marshall was hired originally as a secretary, but it did not take long for Stan and Paula to see Jodie’s great potential to be an attorney and agreed to put her through law school giving the law office 3 attorneys.

Paula is handling the case for Maureen Thompson accused of murdering her husband who left her penniless and she has been nick-named the “Ice Pick Widower”. Paula is wondering
Oct 24, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I won Deadly Defiance by William Manchee on Goodreads. When it arrived, I was shocked to see that it was actually an audio book. It seems I mistakenly entered the wrong giveaway. Nevertheless, since I was lucky enough to receive it for free, I thought I'd give it a whirl. I always assumed that audio books were for those who had difficulty reading or had long commutes. Boy, was I mistaken. Audio books are great to listen to while doing some mundane task. The narrators Jefferey Kafer, Arika ...more
Carol  MacInnis
Oct 08, 2011 Carol MacInnis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-mystery
Stan Turner of Turner and Waters Law Office has a heavy caseload and an ailing wife which the doctors cannot figure out. Paula Waters is his partner and best friend and Jodie Marshall who he hired as his secretary and saw so much more in her, saw her through college and a law degree.

Paula's case involves Maureen Thompson who has been accused of murdering her estranged husband who left her penniless. Paula now wondering if she'll even been paid for this case now finds out she was accused of murde
Apr 22, 2013 D rated it liked it
I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaways. Although it is part of a series, it is not necessary to read them in order.

The cover of this book states it is "A Stan Turner Mystery". However, there is no mystery to solve. It is about three very different legal cases being handled by the Turner & Waters law firm. The storyline of each case meshes together nicely and keeps the reader interested in the outcome of each.

There were some editing issues. At the end of Chapter 7, Stan
Feb 02, 2013 Sasha rated it it was amazing

First I would like to say that I received a copy of Deadly Defiance through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I have had the wonderfully good luck to be able to read this book. I had never heard of the author William Manchee or his Stan Turner Mysteries Before. This is the tenth book in the series and I will have to say I will have to get each and everyone of his other books for this was such a delight to read. This novel is intriguing, wonderfully fast-paced. This book kept you glues to your
Leah Hess
Dec 10, 2011 Leah Hess rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Deadly Defiance free through the Goodreads First Reads program, in exchange for an honest review.

I'd never heard of William Manchee before, nor his main character Stan Turner. This is the tenth book in a series of Stan Turner mysteries.

I was impressed with this 10+ hour audiobook by a lesser-known author. The novel was intriguing, fast-paced, and left the reader excited to continue. There's a nice combination of the legal side of the story and the detective side. If you're
Brent Soderstrum
Dec 09, 2013 Brent Soderstrum rated it liked it
Book #10 of the Stan Turner mysteries deals with two seperate murder cases, a potential missing heir and Stan's wife, Rebekah having a mysterious illness. Jodie, the new associate to Turner & Waters handles the murder of a Mexican worker on the way home from a factory which he had complained of. Drug cartel appears to be involved.

Paula Waters represents the Ice Pic Widow. This woman has been arrested for allegedly murdering her husband with an ice pic. The thing is she had been accused of do
Jul 22, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
In Deadly Defiance, there are 3 cases Turner & Waters investigates. The wrongful death/murder case, the bankruptcy/murder case, and the missing heir case.

Stan Turner, Paula Waters and Jodie Marshall work on all of the cases, however, each attorney is primary on only one case. This allows the author to switch viewpoints between characters which, aside from once or twice, he does seamlessly.

There was also one instance where the names of the female attorneys where switched accidentally for two
Nov 05, 2012 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
This is a book with a split personality. The plotting is well done and the author is a skilled juggler keeping several plotlines up in the air at once. Mr. Manchee is obviously knowledgeable about the legal profession and writes well when explaining the how and why of legal procedures. The problem with this book is in the way it is written. The characters interactions lack subtlety and there is no complexity in their emotional makeup.
On plot alone I would give the book four stars and it was th
Jul 17, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: crime thiller fans
Recommended to Liz by: goodreads first reads
I received this book as a goodreads first read's winner. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was very fast paced and I couldn't put it down. A law firm takes on some big mafia like guys that are doing illegal things behind the cover of a business. The firm tries to take them down when a family comes to them for help after their father/spouse has been mysteriously killed. The other case is about trying to get a woman off for murdering her estranged husband with an ice pick. Everyone at the firm ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Teresa rated it liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. It is the first Stan Turner mystery I've read, but it won't be the last! The writing was sometimes a little stilted, but not to the point of distracting me from the story. While the outcome of most of the plot lines was fairly predictable, what happened along the way was not always expected. I liked the characters, the fact that many different things were going on at once, and the "peek" into the world of trial lawyers: what they do ...more
Melissa B
Aug 24, 2013 Melissa B rated it really liked it
I won this through Goodread First Reads.
I had never read anything written by this author, but will definitely seek out more of his books.
It is fast-paced, well written with interesting twist and turns, great characters, and believable plots (yes there is more than one story-line)
I found it hard to put down, reading it in 1 1/2 days.
Both the courtroom situations, and the action outside the courtroom were realistic and well developed.
I heartily recommend this book, and others by William Manchee.
Jun 22, 2013 Sherri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I haven't read any of the other Stan Turner Mystery books, so I was kinda nervous about jumping into #10. However, the book was written so well that you don't need to read the other books in the series to be able to follow along with the story. I enjoyed reading about each character in the cases and how nicely each case kinda flowed into the next; it helped to keep me interested in what was to come next, and I was not able to put down the book. I enjoyed the book so much that I'll be reading the ...more
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William Manchee is an attorney by trade and practices consumer law in Dallas with his son Jim. Originally from southern California, he now lives in Plano, Texas.
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