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The Perfect Witness (Greg Monarch #1)

3.23  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
They used to be partners--Greg Monarch and Ira Sullivan, a couple of do-good lawyers in central California. But it all went bad for Ira. Bad enough that he wakes up in jail one day staring at a death sentence for murder. Only Greg Monarch has a prayer of getting him off--if he's willing to cross certain ethical lines.

Layer by layer, Greg peels back a tissue of lies--and at
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Ballantine Books (first published 1997)
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Jul 30, 2016 Jay rated it liked it
Part one was tedious for me. Part two went faster but maybe just a little too fast.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maybe 4 stars is a little high and 3.5 would be closer but still this book tugged at me with its intricate story but perhaps more because of the author's sensitivity to the natural setting in which the book played out. He captures the unusual central California milieu in his descriptions of the natural and cultural environment

To me, this is a cut above the usual "legal suspense" novel as it draws the reader ever more deeply into what becomes a complex, gripping murder case embedded in many side
Siegel, Barry - Standalone

From Fantastic Fiction: In an area where the most important industry is no longer agriculture but nuclear energy, the town's own power structure has shifted. At its center is a dangerously ambitious district attorney, Dennis Taylor, who will do anything to win. Lawyer Greg Monarch, carving out a quiet living doing estates and wills, has worked for and against Taylor in the past, and has been badly burned on both sides. Now Taylor is about to nail Mo
Dec 25, 2014 Rita rated it liked it
Enjoyable legal suspense. A bit slow at times but all in all an interesting book
May 18, 2014 Gael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-5-stars
Theresa Leone Davidson
Moderately suspenseful (with some passages that dragged a bit) but with two characters, Greg Monarch and Ira Sullivan, who are very likable, and a couple of antagonists who the reader very much wants to see get it in the end. I liked the story, of a down and out attorney who is accused of murder, and the former law partner who reluctantly agrees to defend him. I also really liked another supporting character, a newspaperman named Jimmy. I will be reading others by Siegel.
May 20, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I would've given 5 stars if the storyline didn't have quite so many holes in it, especially concerning the secondary story. Almost like a John Grisham read, but a little more choppy. Still full of suspense, and a glimpse into the flawed legal/judicial reality. Good character development, beautiful descriptions of mountainous California.
Tracy  Burd
Mar 15, 2010 Tracy Burd rated it it was ok
I have had this book around for a few years and finally picked it up last week. It was a good murder mystery set in California. If you enjoy the lawyer's point of view, and twists and turns, you will enjoy it. I liked it and will read more by this author. As a side note, the descriptions of CA were great!
Jan 09, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Greg Monarch's career as a criminal attorney took a tragic turn years ago and now he's a marginal civil lawyer. He and Ira Sullivan grew up together but life dealt them a wedge to their friendship. Now Ira has been arrested for murder and nothing makes sense. Greg reluctantly tries to sort out the truth.
Sep 25, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
The story line was good, but the book wandered too much. I had a hard time at times keeping track of what was going on.
Jun 23, 2010 Chuck rated it really liked it
Small town, washed up attorney accused of murder is defended by his ex-partner. Case rests on "the perfect witness."
Margaret Dee
Many twists and turns. Not your typical CA book. Very good job describing rural CA.
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quite boring, good plot but too much unnecessary stuff not interesting
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Dec 11, 2015 Jenene W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: courtroom-drama
A bit slow in parts but overall, an enjoyable read.
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Barry Siegel is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times who won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2002 for his piece "A Father's Pain, a Judge's Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach". He is an expert on literary journalism and was recruited by the University of California, Irvine to chair that school's new English program in Literary Journalism. Siegel is the author of ...more
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