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Final Verdict (Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Mystery #4)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,084 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
San Francisco lawyer Mike Daley is called on once again by Leon Walker, the man Daley kept out of jail through a few (some say) questionable maneuvers. Now, standing accused of murder, Leon says he's innocent-and fatally ill. Now it's up to Mike to clear the man's name-and his own.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Signet (first published 2003)
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Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fate throws a curveball at the San Francisco ex-husband-and-wife legal team of Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez, when Mike picks up the phone and hears the voice of Leon Walker. This is not good news-because Walker was the one who ruined their marriage. Years ago, he and his brother participated in a stickup that left a man dead. Through a series of (some said) questionable maneuvers, Mike got the charges dropped, but he and Rosie fought about it all the time and it finally drove a wedge between t ...more
Deb Mj
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sheldon Siegel is back to form in this 4th offering in the Mike Daley series. Thank goodness. Do yourself a favor if you decide to read this series. Read the first, skip the next two, and pick back up on #4. You really won't miss much in the recurring characters' development. Looking forward to the next one and hoping that Siegel stays on track.
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say another good novel in the series. The character continue to grow and move forward. There is not much filler in this novel. They solve so many good hard famous cases in court you would feel that they would be very famous lawyers on a national scale. I do feel that the ending was a little rushed or 100 percent resolved but it was still a good ending. I will read the next novel in the series.
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The fourth book in the Mike Daley/ Rosie Fernandez mystery/ thriller series from author Sheldon Siegel, "Final Verdict" is by far his best yet. I've now read the first four books in this series, and each one gets better than the last. Lawyers Daley and Fernandez, partners in law practice and formerly a married couple face their toughest case yet. Leon Walker, a nightmare from the past for Daley/ Fernandez calls looking for help. Ten years earlier Walker was one of the major reasons the partners ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic series which I recommend highly.
FINAL VERDICT (Legal Suspense-Mike Daley-San Francisco-Cont) – VG
Siegel, Sheldon – 4th in series
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0399150420
First Sentence: Judge Elizabeth McDaniel is glaring at me over the top of her reading glasses.
*** Attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez defended Leon Walker in the past. Although they won their case, it harmed their reputation and their marriage. Now Leon is accused of murdering a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Leon wants Mike to defend h
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "Final Verdict" Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez split their time defending a skid row vagrant falsely accused of murder while at the same time trying to come to terms with their own relationship issues. An unvarnished look inside the dark world of San Francisco's South of Market sex and porn trade and the supposedly upstanding businessmen who profit from other people's misery.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is only 99¢ on Amazon, it is an interesting legal story. It reminded me a little of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller books. A good whodunit that keeps your attention until the end. Siegel has a knack for letting you know what the main character, Mike Daley, is thinking, which is usually the exact opposite of what he actually says (typical lawyer-speak).
Patricia Ibarra
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike Daley, ex priest and now defense attorney, shares his law practice with his ex-wife, Daisy Fernandez. He receives a phone call from Leon Walker, whom they defended many years back, and was one of the causes for their marriage to fail. He is in trouble again and asks him to help him. He is accused of murdering a man considered to be "a pillar of the society". He swears he is innocent and it is very important for him to have his name cleaned for the sake of his daughter, as he is terminally i ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike Daley reluctantly agrees to defend a former client on murder charges because he is dying. Rosie Fernandez, his partner and ex-wife, is unhappy about it because they successfully defended him ten years earlier on similar charges. They, and their cohorts, begin to investigate the death and learn that the victim, a Venture Capitalist, is not exactly what he has been cracked up to be. They also have a much shorter deadline as their defense is being presented at a preliminary hearing because of ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book. I especially like the first line of chapter 1. I actually read this, put it aside then a couple weeks later picked it up like I hadn't read it (because I hadn't been here to change the setting to read) and as soon as I hit that first line I was like "Oh yeah, loved this book" and I was tempted to read it again! If I was tempted to read it again when I have 10 books sitting on the shelf, you know it was a good book. I'll read more of these because it moved, it was entertainin ...more
Sherron L Pace
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guilty or innocent

Either way he's going to die guilty or innocent. A terminally ill man is indicated for murder guilty or not he is definitely dead why go to the expense of a trial? Would you want to be presumed guilty when you die if you were in fact innocent? What is the verdict read a find out.
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The readers and main characters got a year off while working at the University, but it looks like THAT aspect of the book got thrown out the window. The replacement work was kinda weak in at least one, major, glaring point that got resolved in a different way -- kind of a shame the author didn't have the main characters simply add 2+2.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great mix of investigation and courtroom time. I felt for Leon, a dying man accused of murder, ten years after Mike and Rosie defend him for another murder he didn't commit.

As they begin to look into the deceased, Tower Grayson, they find that he wasn't as upstanding a citizen as he was made out to be.

I wanted the killer to be the owner of BNI, a horrible person. I guessed it was someone I turned out to be wrong about, glad it was who it was, another nasty guy.

Still love all th
Nita Clark
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Mike and Rosie, against their better judgment, defend a man that doesn't have very long to live. Very interesting, with a super sweet ending!! This is the best one yet of the series!!
Ronald B. Felts
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining legal thriller

This is the fifth book in this series I've read and I have enjoyed every one of them. Not only does the story line hold your attention but Mike's asides throughout the book provide some comic relief.
Lynnette C. Goodwin
Another great read

I am really starting to like Mike and Rosie! When I hate for a book to end, and then when it does I immediately download the next book in the series, you know I am hooked.
Bob Jacoby
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The end and beginning of life. Full of legal Higgins in between. Fun read.

SS is a good writer and I have developed an affection for Mike and his family. Now...what's next and can he get even better?
Michael Maslo
very good book. i truly enjoyed this book. i am a huge fan of sheldon siegel and i strongly recommend anyone who enjoys legal thrillers to read this series and author.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stayed up way too late reading this one.
Don Paske
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book by Mr. Siegel. There were several twists and tuns. I like Mike Daley, who is a smart-ass when "narrating" the story.
Trudy Flynn
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I thought this series was great a page turner I couldn't put the books down. Fun exciting loved it. Thank you for writing sure a great series.
Diane Feldman
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book. Lots of good plot twists.
Tony Moore
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite in the series so far. I really enjoyed the pace of the story, especially the way it played out in court.
Julia Walker
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you get a dying man free of a murder charge when he has been set free on another murder for mistakes made by the prosecution?
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this's kind of a noir, pot boiler type of mystery that harks back to such as Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon). I enjoy kind of gritty back alley mysteries once in a while, and this was a new author for me. I need to go backwards and read some of the other earlier stories to get more of a sense for these two people who have been married, have a child, and got divorced. They apparently still work together, and still love each other.

The story involves a man who is d
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story with lots of plot twists and kept me guessing about the villain until the end.
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Legal thriller fans
This book was quite a surprise. I had not read any of Siegel's stuff before. While he's no Lescroart, nevertheless this novel was an interesting one. It doesn't hurt that the action all takes place in San Francisco, where I lived for many years.

His main character, Mike Daley, is asked to defend an ex-client, Leon Walker, who is accused of murder. The problems with accepting are many: the client has incurable cancer, the last time Daley defended him, Daley and his ex-wife Rosie Fernandez, were ac
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the best in the series yet

It's been a while since I read a book by Sheldon Siegel, and that may be why I enjoyed this one so much. I mean, it could be that I just forgot how much I love his writing and now I'm sort of rediscovering it. But in any case, this book is exceedingly well written. I love the way he lets you know what Mike Daley is thinking while he is talking. This adds some really important comic relief to story and makes the character that much more real.

I only wish Mike and
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Sheldon Siegel is a New York Times Bestselling novelist and author best known for his works of modern legal courtroom drama.

Siegel was born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. He attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and later went on to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Accounting major. He graduated with a Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall at the Universi
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Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Mystery (8 books)
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