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Wrongful Death (David Sloane #2)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  2,060 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
Just minutes after winning a $1.6 million wrongful-death verdict, attorney David Sloane confronts the one case that threatens to blemish his unbeaten record in the courtroom. Beverly Ford wants Sloane to sue the United States government and military in the mysterious death of her husband, James, a national guardsman killed in Iraq. While a decades-old military doctrine mig ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Touchstone Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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May 18, 2016 Jean rated it it was amazing
Leave it to the government to impose a doctrine that forbids claims against the federal government by service members or their families for death or injuries that result from activity incident to military service. The Feres Doctrine is just one of the beasts that attorney David Sloane must combat in Robert Dugoni’s Wrongful Death. Sloane has just moments to celebrate his eighteenth straight courtroom victory when Beverly Ford, widowed mother of four, approaches him and asks him to sue the US gov ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it
I read the first book in the David Sloan series, The Jury Master, quite a while ago. After completing Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series, I wanted to continue with this series. I have to admit I'm not as taken with this series, yet, as I was with Crosswhite.

David Sloane is an attorney who is asked by a woman to sue the U. S. government for the wrongful death of her husband in Iraq. David is unlikely to win due to the Feres Doctrine, which basically states that the federal government is not liable
Aug 26, 2016 Dee rated it really liked it
Two-haiku review:

Military case
Sloane's wife and son in danger
Witnesses dying

Exciting thriller
Legal maneuvers and tricks
Tense and gripping style
This is the second book in the David Sloane series. David is a wrongful death attorney with an incredible records of wins. When Beverly Ford approaches him with a request to take on her case, he's intrigued but can't give her much hope. Beverly's husband, John, was killed in Iraq during an operation, and soldiers are exempt from suing the government if they are killed during a wartime battle.

David, a Marine veteran, feels like he can at least look into Ford's death to make sure there are no opt
Judy Churchill
Feb 24, 2017 Judy Churchill rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent action story. It involves the military in Iraq, a disreputable civilian contractor, and dirty judges and Senators. It has a little bit of everything. The wife of one dead soldier asked for an explanation of how her husband died and when the military refused to answer the excitement began. It doesn't stop until the story ends.
Erin Bleek
Mar 30, 2009 Erin Bleek rated it it was amazing

If you haven’t read Robert Dugoni, you should. He’s my new favorite author. Dugoni writes legal thrillers, but they’re not trial books, they’re books about injustice with a legal bent. In Wrongful Death Dugoni brings back his protagonist David Sloane and his sidekick, Charles Jenkins, from The Jury Master, and I’m glad he did. Sloane is a great character, a hero with a conscience. Now living in Seattle, Sloane is approached by the widow of a National Guardsman killed in Iraq who wants to sue the
Mar 31, 2009 Danielle rated it liked it
I won this book from a goodreads giveaway. I have to admit, that at the beginning I was quite confused with some of the flashback scenes as I had no idea there was a book previous to this one. Once I got into the meat of the story however, it was pretty easy to get a general idea of the background needed. I would give this book a 3 1/2 stars if I could. Once the plot line really got moving about a third of the way in, I had a hard time putting it down. One dislike I have is that, despite not rea ...more
Apr 11, 2009 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I won this book (thanks!) - it just appeared in the mail - and the plot really hooked me. I started it yesterday & I finished it today. It's an involving story about a lawyer investigating an ambush in Iraq. The bad guy is a big chemical company. I have no idea whether such things really happen, but the author definitely makes them sound plausible ;)

Loved the meth lab scene. Now THAT'S contemporary.

The book mentions the main character's childhood in Mexico, and a massacre several times, I t
Kelly Stewart
Jul 13, 2013 Kelly Stewart rated it really liked it
This second David Sloane novel was much more exciting than the first, a rare occasion of a follow-up being better than the debut. I will definitely be reading #3.
Excellent! This is my second novel by Robert Dugoni and I am definitely a fan!!
Feb 26, 2017 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent story. Should the relatives take the story given to them of their loved one's death? Maybe not. David Sloan is the perfect attorney to talk to about finding out what happened. James Ford died in Iraq but his wife is not sure she has been told the total story. Sloan and his friend Jenkins look into this and find that most of the men who was with Ford are now dead also. The further he investigates the more interesting and dangerous he finds his investigation is for him and hi ...more
Yves Brunet
Jun 16, 2017 Yves Brunet rated it really liked it
Beverly Ford asks David Sloane, famous lawyer to represent her as she wishes to sue the American government and military for her husband death in Iraq. Normally never successful, this however takes new twists and turns for a satisfying ending.
Karen Devine
Feb 12, 2017 Karen Devine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a great story!

Considering all the military families and their sacrifices, this book opens your eyes to possibilities of corruption and the abuse of the power hungry. Great Read!
Linda Piotter
Jun 03, 2017 Linda Piotter rated it it was amazing
Another winning book. Robert Dugoni doesn't disappoint!
Paul Lyons
Jul 15, 2014 Paul Lyons rated it it was ok
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Sharyn Wolf
Feb 20, 2017 Sharyn Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love thrillers that take on the establishment. Especially when they are carefully researched

, masterfully executed and exciting as all get out. I am really enjoying this author's work, most notably, this character
Oct 01, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: ucbc
The concept of the "sophomore slump" often applies to mystery series for me. Seems like all the best ideas and (more significantly) the character development gets packed into the first book, leaving the second effort to seem almost inevitably lacking by comparison. Plus there's the challenge of writing a second book that stands alone (for those having not read the first one) while at the same time connecting it to the first, to meet the (apparently ubiquitous?) need to "make it a series." (Sideb ...more
Apr 09, 2009 Lyndele rated it really liked it
Robert Dugoni’s Wrongful Death is a solid legal thriller that carries the story and tension from the first page straight through to the last. Attorney David Sloane (first introduced in The Jury Master ) and PI Charles Jenkins take on what should be an impossible-to-win case against the US government and military – and provoke extreme and deadly responses from someone who doesn’t want this case aired.

Dugoni’s characters are believable and the storyline, while straining credulity, manages to rem
May 02, 2009 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Disclaimer: Normally I don't pick up this type of book, but I read it because a free copy was sent my way. Firstly, the cover design is horrible, with the blood red color and slamming-and-splitting gavel. There are even faint blood stains (?) in the crisp white ink of the title. The cover was a turn-off for me, and doesn't really represent the story. The author did a fine job of laying out the premise, which is very timely and captured my interest. Characters were average: the protagonist (my fi ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jan 30, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
If you like mysteries with a lawyer and you need a break from John Grisham, give Robert Dugoni a try. I found his book to be both more exciting and entertaining the John Grisham.

David Sloane is a big time lawyer that has never lost a case, and has a big heart. Yes, I know it may be difficult to believe that he is a lawyer with a big heart, but strangers things have happened. He has just finished a big case and is scheduled to take his family on vacation.

Beverly Ford asks him to take on a case th
Mar 09, 2016 Mackenzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 2016
First line: "Philip Ferguson set his Ruger over-under shotgun on the kitchen table and felt for the stock of the Remington Wingmaster."

In the first novel of the David Sloane series, The Jury Master, you learn to love David Sloane... he is a phenomenal lawyer and an amazing person, or character as it were.

In this novel, I felt like I took my admiration for him...and was left shocked and amazed at his skills, both his skills on an investigational level and his skills in the court room.

I really d
Jun 08, 2010 Debra rated it it was amazing

With a string of court wins under his belt, attorney David Sloane has no interest in taking on what he knows is Beverly Ford’s no-win case, until she tells him her story. Beverly wants to sue the U.S. government for her husband’s wrongful death in Iraq. Beverly claims that if the government had provided enough ceramic-plate body armor for soldiers, her husband James might have lived when he and his team were ambushed. Sloane, a former soldier and new family man himself, has sympathy for Ford who
Jul 16, 2014 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story, but the dialog was kind of unrealistic. It seems everyone was talking like a news report or a textbook. I understand that the main character is a lawyer, and this means his day and regular speech is going to be naturally filled with legalese, but in reality, lawyers don't use all that professional jargan, especially not when speaking to cliants.

The story it'sself didn't really stand out. I guess that might be because I've read quite a few thrillers. I also find it was written
Sherry Isaac
Likable lawyers: Mickey Haller. Mitch McDeere. Danny deVito’s Gavin D’Amato in The War of the Roses. And now, Robert Dugoni’s David Sloane.

Wrongful Death is a legal thriller, the United States Military an intimidating foe, but Sloane is no slacker. Sloane never loses.

When soldier James Ford’s widow Beverly asks Sloane to take on her wrongful death suit, Sloane does a little research. The military calls ‘Feres’ the way a child on the playground might call ‘Uncle’. The Feres doctrine is a catch-a
Nov 14, 2016 Nolan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls-audio
Beverly Ford's husband, James, was killed in Iraq while serving a tour of duty there. But Beverly has reason to believe that his death was not a normal service-connected death, and she hires attorney David Sloane to defend her claim against incredible odds.

Even Sloane isn't convinced he can win the case initially, but as he and his former CIA operative turned private investigator friend dig deeper into the case, they learn that Ford's death may indeed have been non-combat related. The deeper Slo
Mar 13, 2009 Jo rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
I like it when the lawyer-fiction talks law without making me feel like an idiot. Dugoni dumbs the law down enough that I can understand it without patronizing me as the reader. He does, on occasion, go through it so quickly that I felt I needed to read it all again to get it, but that was a rate-of-absorption issue instead of a not-taking-the-hideous-verbosity-out-of-the-law issue. Except for the few spots where the important nuances of the law sped past faster than those crazies on The Whistle ...more
Maggie O'sullivan
May 29, 2009 Maggie O'sullivan rated it it was amazing
WRONGFUL DEATH is a great follow up to Robert Dugoni’s 1st novel THE JURY MASTER. David Sloane returns as the very successful attorney, with 18 straight wins under his belt. Also, back again is Charles Jenkins, who is now working as a Private Investigator for Sloane. After winning another case, Sloane is approached by Beverly Ford who wants to sue the government for the wrongful death of her husband while severing with the National Guard in Iraq. She believes his death was due to insufficient bo ...more
Jan 23, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it
I'm glad I wound up liking this book. Local author - check. Met the author - check. Signed copy - check. Thriller - check.

Then I started reading and felt disappointed. There was an exciting prolog, but Mr. Dugoni had already told me it was related to the story, but not the main character. So it didn't engage me. Immediate shift to a courtroom where a trial is ending. Then some setup, some new characters, more setup, some flashbacks - large and small, more characters and setup and shifting point
Keith Bowden
Apr 01, 2009 Keith Bowden rated it really liked it
I got this as a free book from the Goodreads giveaways, and it was a great book to receive. Dugoni has a way of getting you to know and like his characters immediately, as one embraces say, Stephen King's characters. The story was gripping and engaging from page one - I simply did not want to put it down. As with any good thriller, there are various things happening on different stages, but everything was well so balanced that you didn't mind leaving a tense cliff-hanger because you were about t ...more
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