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3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  170 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
In the bestselling tradition of Defending Jacob, this taut legal thriller follows the trail of a man determined to protect his community, and his family&amp, at any cost.

Sometimes a simple walk in the woods can lead you down the deadliest of trails&amp,

When birdwatcher Cassandra Randall stumbles upon two men digging what appears to be a grave in a state park, she i
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published 2014)
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Amy Lignor
Feb 23, 2014 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Sometimes a simple walk in the woods can lead you down the deadliest of trails.” This is the quote that opens the door to this incredible story, and in seconds, Goodman takes the reader by the hand and leads them into a frightening world they will never forget.

Cassandra Randall loves the calmness of bird-watching, but this relaxing hobby actually leads her into the woods to discover something she definitely does not want to see. On this particular journey, the birds are absent, but a mound of d
Jun 07, 2016 Matt rated it liked it
In his debut novel, Lee Goodman offers the reader some interesting insights into Nick Davis, Assistant US Attorney. In the opening pages, the reader is parachuted into the middle of an investigation into one of Davis's cases where a young man is found dead and buried in a shallow grave. Davis finds himself drawn to the eyewitness that offered a description that could lead to a solid arrest, though his precocious, teenage daughter, Lizzy, offers her own insight into this pairing. As the story ...more
3.5 stars, rounding up for this debut legal drama.

What drew me into this story at the beginning was the clear delineation between the District Attorney's position on legal ethics and his opposite number's, the Defense Attorney. Where does the Constitutional right to legal defense end (if anywhere)?; is there ever an end to client-attorney privilege? Where, if ever, does the prosecution show mercy to the lowest offender when the top dog is given immunity? These and other questions were raised as
Paul Pessolano
Mar 17, 2014 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
“Indefensible” by Lee Goodman, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – June 03, 2014

Nick Davis is a Federal Prosecutor who is asked to investigate a possible murder and burial. Cassandra Randall witnessed what she thought was a burial while bird watching. No one had any idea of the ramifications that this incident would cause.

Davis finds himself knee deep in the case and sees his faith in his fellow man and morality threatened. This becomes especially appa
M Harrison
Jun 02, 2014 M Harrison rated it it was amazing
Indefensible's plot and main character, Nick Davis, are both engaging and complex. Nick's impulsiveness is sometimes ill-advised and sometimes inspired. He admits to posturing to impress birdwatcher Cassandra Randall and then is endearingly awkward and self-conscious when he tries to leave a message on her answering machine. Passionate and protective, with a tendency to over-react, Nick seems refreshingly authentic to me. Even the minor characters in this debut novel are memorable and ...more
Kate Ayers
Jun 15, 2014 Kate Ayers rated it it was amazing
Whew! Wild ride! Happy to discover this author...
Jim Misko
Aug 10, 2014 Jim Misko rated it really liked it
When you jump on this fast paced legal thriller that Lee Goodman wrote, entitled Indefensible, you better be in a chair with arms on it. You need to be awake to the doings of the protagonist Nick Davis, his daughter Lizzy, and Bill-the-Dog. There are intimate dealings between clients, lawyers, judges, and police departments that smack of actual intimate knowledge. It is not a genre I read often but I enjoyed coming back to it every time, which is more than I can say for some of the books I do ...more
Jun 24, 2014 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes detective novels
Recommended to Rhonda by: Kate
I found this book to be really good, thought there were times that I found Nick Davis to be just a tad bit unhinged. His daughter Lizzy seemed to be the most "I got this" type of person and came off as very mature for her age. Not sure this had anything to do with either of her parents?!

I found the clues left in the book were pretty obvious and you could figure out who did most of the killings if you are paying attention. The book is well written and kept me engaged till the end.

It is a fun and
Gary Ray
Oct 26, 2016 Gary Ray rated it liked it
I read Injustice after finding it on the new fiction table at the library earlier this year and enjoyed it. My hold for Indefensible was finally filled (I think the library only has one copy...). This was written before Injustice and is set shortly before the later book. Fortunately enough time had passed, and they both stand well enough on their own.

Goodman's pacing and plot twists are well developed, and the mysteries are not easy to decode. Plenty of shocks and surprises.
This is a solid first novel & a good synopsis is provided above.
It all begins with the rumour of a body. Long time federal prosecutor Nick Davis makes the mistake of taking his daughter along when he & other law enforcement types investigate a call concerning a possible gravesite. Not only is there a body but the woman who reported it is soon assassinated in her home.
And they're off. More murders will follow as Nick & his team try to piece together who is responsible & the case
Karyn Niedert
May 03, 2014 Karyn Niedert rated it it was ok

Summary: Federal prosecutor Nick Davis is drawn into a case of drug dealers, thieves, child pornographers, and other criminals. As he peels back the layers, he discovers danger closer than he ever thought possible, which threatens his family and all the moral convictions he’s ever held dear.

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Oct 02, 2016 2hoots rated it really liked it
interesting twist
Laronica Conway
Aug 24, 2016 Laronica Conway rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-suspense
I don't know where to go with this one. I had to check the book out twice to finish it. Mainly because the book started out slow and I got bored with it. So I turned it back in because it made no sense to "pay" the public library for late fees. But I was determined to find out what happened so I checked it out again. I gave it three stars because there was some promise; a few bright spots here and there.

Here's what I know for sure...the book is way too long. It reads like a book that started ou
Reading Maven
Aug 21, 2014 Reading Maven rated it liked it
"I am stunned by his audacity. "Counselor Vance, if you object to the current state of the law, then go get your self-righteous ass elected to something, and change it, but don't come in here blaming me for the way it is. Because the way it is, is the way it is." I glare at him a moment, then shout, "Now get the hell out."

Indefensible is an easy to read fast paced legal thriller. Nick Davis, federal prosecutor, is our main character, and the story is told entirely from his point of view. The tro
Jul 06, 2014 Caitlin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
The plot of Indefensible is a decent one and it moves along as a thriller should, but the writing in this book is really clunky, perhaps because of the first person narrative. Our hero, Nick Davis, is an aging player and lawyer who spends big chunks of the books hitting on various women, thinking about hitting on various women, and being proud of himself for his brief periods of parenting his teenaged daughter. When a woman he was attracted to and hit on is murdered, he takes it upon himself to ...more
Oct 12, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
From 9/25/15: Was unclear about one of the characters near the end of the book and found the explanation lacking a resolution. Continued reading that last few pages and found the answer. Good story that went many directions. Sometimes too many, but overall, good novel.

Read again over a year later. Long drawn out plot and many , many characters sometimes confused me. Seemed like almost everyone could have been involved in a murder at some point, whether drug dealers, law enforcement, petty thiev
Douglas Lord
Oct 25, 2014 Douglas Lord rated it really liked it
This is a good read for Goodreads. Starts out with an oblique take on the action through the eyes of federal prosecutor Nick Davis who works close to the action in the vein of Steve Martini's Paul Madriani or Robert Rotstein's Parker Stern, haunted on this case for compelling personal reasons.

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Andy Plonka
Dec 12, 2014 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it
Shelves: src
This was a strange book for me . Instead of presenting several bits of information and allowing the reader to draw his own conclusions, the author indicates what this information could mean. This sort of thing usually annoys me but here it didn't. Another usual minus for me is a lengthy explanation at the end of what really happened. I prefer that the characters tell me themselves through their words and actions. The author does give a lengthy expose detailing who committed what crime and how it ...more
Dan Lawton
Jun 16, 2015 Dan Lawton rated it liked it
I'll be honest, it was the cover that drew me into this one. It's a legal thriller that isn't in the same class as John Grisham and others, but it's not awful. The plot is decent, not great, and the character development is okay. I didn't find myself pulled into the book like I had hoped, but it was an easy enough book to read. There is a confrontation toward the end that's pretty exciting, but the basis of the book is relatively dry. The author is a lawyer, I believe, and that is obvious in his ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Fantasymundo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror-suspense
Para aquellos que vais o hayáis disfrutado de la novela como yo, y paséis a formar parte de su “club” de fans”, deciros que el autor, en algún lugar recóndito de las montañas de Alaska, ya se encuentra enfrascado en la redacción de la siguiente entrega, del que, presumiblemente, será a partir de ahora su personaje icónico literario: Nick Davis. De esta segunda entrega, ya os podemos adelantar Sigue leyendo
Jo Dervan
Dec 14, 2013 Jo Dervan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Assistant US attorney, Nick Davis, takes his daughter along on an expedition to identify the location of a possible grave in a wooded area, a series of homicides begins to unfold. Soon the informant who spies the burial is killed and eventually the men suspected of her murder are also killed.
This is a riveting tale that will keep the reader guessing till the last page. The author, an attorney, has a good knowledge of the legal process in the US and presents a credible view of how the Justic
Jul 22, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
I thought this book got off to a bit of a slow start, but I think it was me getting used to the author's writing style which is a bit different. The story unfolds and ends up being fairly involved. The characters are alive and interesting. The viewpoint is that of the main character, Nick Davis and his train of thought is interesting. The story accelerates and captures one's attention at the end.

Very enjoyable read and I recommend it to people who like mystery stories.
Jan 31, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
A legal mystery/thriller reminiscent of early John Grisham novels. Federal prosecutor Nick Davis is working on a complicated series of murders that he knows are connected but can't find the evidence to bind them together. The plot is deliciously convoluted with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings that won't all fall into place until the very end. A satisfying story that will leave the reader wanting more.
Feb 20, 2015 Nise' rated it liked it
US Attorney Nick Davis is tasked to take a witness to the woods where she says someone was burying a body. He is sure the witness is wrong so his daughter is along for the ride. The body is that of a missing young man that was planning to be an informant.. Shortly after the body is found the witness turns up dead because of leak in the department. The investigation is stalled and Nick begins to suspect everyone. This is a fast paced character driver legal mystery that kept me guessing.
Barbara Nutting
Jul 30, 2016 Barbara Nutting rated it liked it
Fast paced easy reading, BUT very far-fetched with impossible plotlines!! I had a lot of how, why and "aw c'mons" with this book!! Mish-mashed crimes and suspects!! No outstanding character. I actually liked the book in spite of all the short comings!! Will read the sequel even though I prefer a more realistic mystery.
Dec 07, 2015 Estcavi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Le he dado un 3 porque ha estado entretenido, pero no me ha llegado a convencer.
El personaje principal Nick Davis, tiene un problema de hombligismo, todo le ocurre a el, y tenía demasiados pensamientos interiores de Nick. La trama trata de abacar muchos temas o se adentra en algunos y luego pasa de ellos.
Así que nada, un libro pasable.
Stonington Free
I received this an an ARC and did enjoy the story. It was well paced, but did have some plot inconsistencies. Characters could have been more developed and the reader would have understood their motivations better. Not the best I've read, not the worst. Middle of the road; I will watch the author, becasue I think there is real talent there.
Greer Andjanetta
May 31, 2016 Greer Andjanetta rated it it was amazing
A surprisingly good story by an author I had not heard of before. An interconnected pair of murders, one old and one new, told in the first person from the point of view of a prosecuting attorney, one with a bit of a conscience, no less. Very readable and enjoyable.
Nov 05, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to those who like a good legal thriller. I am always a fan of an author that puts in a little twist that I did not expect, as I am one who usually figures out the ending at the beginning. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
Oct 26, 2015 J F rated it liked it
The story is good, but I found the lead character odd -- in that the author seemed determined to put in bits of psychology that didn't seem to fit. Or was incomplete. Don't think I'll be reading the second in the series.
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Lee Goodman spent his early years outside of Boston and on Cape Cod. When he was in his teens his family moved to rural Vermont. Lee majored biology at the University of Vermont then moved to Alaska where he spent the next ten years mushing sled dogs, commercial fishing, and living an off-the-grid lifestyle. Eventually he want to law school then returned to Alaska and dabbled in different areas of ...more
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