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Wrongful Death (David Sloane #2)

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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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Erin Bleek

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
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
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
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
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
Paul Lyons
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Kelly Stewart
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.
Paul Pessolano
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
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
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
Maggie O'sullivan
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
Keith Bowden
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

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
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
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
Kristina Jo
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 these few spots where the important nuances of the law sped past faster than those crazies on The W ...more
Jim Thomas
Early in this book I had decided it was work about 2 to 2 1/2 stars. About halfway through I decided it was definitely worth three star but by the time I finished it was up to 4. I had read some good reviews by readers on different sites and most were high so my expectations were high. It's a good story without a doubt although not in the upper echelon of literature. Strong on the entertainment and exciting side I may read more of this author. Would make a good movie for sure.
Sheila F
I like Dugoni; I think his plots are well developed and his characters interesting, and I am on a mission to read all his novels. This book probably merits more than three stars. But reviews are subjective, and my personal bias (a word I chose deliberately) is that I don't enjoy reading descriptions of battles, war, and military related activities. This book has lots of those. So it slipped a notch in my rating, purely because of the subject matter. I'm still a fan of the author, and I recommend ...more
Patricia L Karner
Sloane strikes again

Wrongful Death is a surprising book. David Sloane changes locations and his legal focus. He now represents the little guy and takes on his former corporate clients and, in this case, the military establishment. Fascinating story and an eye opening look into the war in Iraq. Compelling.
Tracey Pedersen
I've only recently discovered Robert Dugoni and I'm having trouble getting any sleep! I find his books interesting and engrossing and more than once I've found my self still reading in the early hours of the morning. I'm enjoying the David Sloane Series and will definitely be seeking out more volumes.

Interesting characters and plenty going on in the story so I don't get bored. Recommended reading.
601 Pgs. LP A legal thriller with Defense Attorney David Sloane. David is asked by the widow of a Washington State National Guardsman who was killed while in Iraq to pursue a case against the Army for wrongful death due to inadequate body armor. Initially the case seems a lost cause because of previous rulings protecting the Government from such suits. When David starts making inquiries from some of the other Guardsmen in the same action, they end up dying and David receives threats against his ...more
Apr 02, 2009 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Samantha by: Amazon Vine Book
I don't know if I believe the hype that Robert Dugoni is the next John Grisham but he's better than most. This book kept me interested the whole way through even though the middle was a little unbelievable. The beginning sets up the story nicely, but it's kind of a letdown getting to the middle with Sloane's wife being threatened. However the ending really picks up. I enjoyed the thoughts of some soldier's wife suing the United States Government because of the body armor we sent over there. It's ...more
This was a good read for sure! I think I've found a new author worthy of my reading time thanks to this Goodreads Giveaway win.
The reviews compare Dugoni to John Grisham. When I first saw that I wasn't too thrilled. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Grisham. He just isn't one of my favorite go-to authors, not 1 I always count on for an engrossing read. There are similarities in their thrillers, lawyers as main characters, etc. But to me, Dugoni's action is more captivating. This book go
Jane E Kastning
Justice for the dead

Intriguing story about corruption in the military and one widow's search for justice with the help of David Sloane, a very clever and adept attorney, fighting against big odds.
Henry Lawrence
David Sloane is a very interesting character and his supporting cast are very good. Sloane goes up against impossible odds and yet he prevails. A quick read.

James Darr
Truth be revealed

I feel that the cost for this war is so large that we the public will never know .
To see what the one percent can do.
Greg Thomas
This is a good read, not as good as the others I've read by the author, but certainly entertaining. I really enjoy his books and will read more.
This is not usually my kind of book, but it sounded interesting and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. First, I was interested in the story and characters, but I wasn't emotionally wrapped up. I could enjoy the story without anxiety over what would happen to the characters - very relaxing! Second, the book reads exactly like a movie. Full of witty quips and perfectly timed action. Third, it had a very satisfying ending - that goes a long way!
The only thing I did
Anna Marie
Abrupt and too frequent transitions. Shallow characters. I did not read the first book in the series, but have no intention of reading it after this one. Plot was OK but it certainly wasn't a page turner for me. David Sloane investigates a widow's claim that her husband was killed outside of his military duties in Iraq.
tough to follow. David Sloane is too perfect as a character. Not believable
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Robert Dugoni is the New York Times and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of My Sister's Grave and The David Sloane Series. He has published 8 novels, an expose, The Cyanide Canary, and the short prequel The Academy.
Robert was born in Pocatello, Idaho and raised in Burlingame, California. Growing up the middle child in a family of ten siblings, Dugoni jokes that he didn't get much of a chance to talk,
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David Sloane (5 books)
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