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Second Chair

(Stan Turner #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Drop into the home of Dallas attorney, Stan Turner, and his wife Rebekah for a Christmas Party. The house is packed with clients and friends eating, drinking and having a great time. But then the lights go out and Stan's CPA, Bobby Wiggins, is found dead. To make matters worse Bobby's wife blames her hubby's demise on Stan and Rebekah and files suit to collect two million ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Top Publications, Ltd. (first published June 2nd 2000)
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Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I didn't dislike this book, but liking is about as far as I will go. I found the dialogue awkward and at times unrealistic. He did okay with character development, but I found some of them acted so unexpected that I felt more work was needed. There were times that he'd establish a sub plot and then just leave it hanging. The big reveals near the end were lame in places. I couldn't buy the brother thing without more reason and why didn't she react? There was a lot about the stepmother for awhile/ ...more
Dwayne Keller
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A good story with two mysteries for an attorney to solve; one about a girl whose baby is killed, and was a man who fell on ice really killed, or die from the accident. This story was enjoyable.
Tony Parsons
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
1981, Dallas, TX. Stan Turner (husband/father, attorney) is having a Marketing Christmas party at his home.
Rebekah Turner (wife/mother, nurse) greeted Tex Weller (Cosmopolitan Life agent), Toni Weller (wife), Jodie Marshall secretary), Bobby Wiggins (CPA), Marleen Wiggins (wife), Joanna Winburn (client, exotic dancer), & the many other guests who arrived.
Later Rebekah came running screaming, Bobby is lying on a string of broken Christmas lights in a puddle of water.
His burnt flesh odor was in
Julie Barrett
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second Chair by William Manchee
Have read a series, Death Pact by this author and loved it so much I bought the others in the series.
Liked this book as it starts out with Stan Turner being shown to a jail cell where there's a lazy boy recliner, fridge with cold beer and a TV in the cell.
Story starts and I found there are two stories in this book. One is he's being charged with an incident at his house when having a Christmas party for his clients. He's a laywer and appreciates them all.
He takes o
Kay Hagan-Haller
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This could have been a really good lawyer book but the plot was so convoluted with three separate cases. The major case was a girl charged with murdering her newborn but she has no memory of that night. A second murdered baby was found that night and the main character is being sued by his good friend’s wife after he dies on the sidewalk in front of his home at a party. It can get rather confusing. There were also some obvious mistakes that an editor should have caught where one person is speaki ...more
Laura Lipton
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book from VRO. The story is complicated and was interesting enough to hold attention. The characters were well drawn and the court room scenes were realistic. Stan Turner is a great mystery writer.
Nov 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good read with many twists.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I was rather excited when I won this book from the Goodreads First Reads program. But that excitement didn't last long.

I'm pretty sure no one even resembling an editor ever took a look at this book. There were just so many errors, like characters we just mentioned were not present speaking, and weird shifts from 1st to 3rd person and back again. I also had no idea when anything was happening as the book doesn't even try to keep track of its own date and time. It took me over 100 pages to figure
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Second Chair by William Manchee revolves around protagonist Stan Turner, a Dallas civil attorney who has been forced to represent young college student Sarah Winters, accused of murdering her newborn child. Lacking experiences with criminal cases, Stan seeks help from his previous law professor Harry Hertel as the second chair. While struggling with this high-profile case, Stan also faces his own financial problems and an accidental death on his property.

My Thoughts
The author has a great
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stan Turner is a civil attorney who keeps falling into criminal law. He does not plan to take on a murder trial, it just seems to happen.

This time he is defending a young woman who is charged with killing her newborn infant. In small town Texas, that means she might as well admit her guilt so she can be killed in the town square.

Stan asks a former law teacher to help him with the trial. And this defense has drawn a series of threats to Stan and his family. Someone considers him as guilty as his
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
An average Mystery/Thriller. It wasn't bad, just nothing really special.

The book is written in the first person but the author occasionally slips up and switches momentarily to third person - I noticed it about a half dozen times - it wasn't for more than a sentence or two but in a couple of cases it caused momentary confusion and took me out of the story.

Written in a basic "just the facts" kind of way; There isn't a lot in the way of detailed descriptive passages (which is fine) but when there
Dave Bell
Mar 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was excited to find that the first book I won on First Reads was a legal thriller, one of my go-to genres. I really, really wanted to like this book. Alas, it was not to be.

The basic plot was okay, I guess. But the execution was very disappointing. The legalese was paper thin. Characters, likewise, were one-dimensional. Dialogue was awkward or unrealistic. The pacing was all over the map. At times, things developed slowly. Other times, an entire scene would unfold in the course of a paragraph;
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've read in quite awhile. I'd have to say it was excellent from the first page to the last. Author William Manchee's "Second Chair" is a legal thriller that is also a great "Who Done It" ! Our protagonist is lawyer Stan Turner who does not practice criminal but civil law. At a pre-Chrsitmas party at Turner's house a guest gets hurt and dies after falling outside on the icy sidewalk. Of course the widow is out for blood suing Turner for an outrageous sum. But, Stan ...more
T.R. Horne
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a hard book to review. I really enjoyed the storyline but there were some things that took me out of the story a bit. The story covers the trial of an alleged baby killer who is represented by the main character, Stan Turner. The book travels through the threats, publicity and interweaving of a secondary civil suit put on Mr. Turner. There's a lit happening in this novel which is one of the things I really liked. I didn't mind continuing to read it because there was a hefty dose of myste ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I should start this review by saying that I was lucky to receive this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program.

Attorney Stan Turner gets in over his head when he agrees to defend a young college student accused of murdering her newborn child. Wisely Stan asks his former college professor and fellow lawyer, Harry "Snake" Hertel to be his second chair. Things become more complicated when Stan starts receiving death threats and a former friend sues him for 2 million dollars.

The story
Dec 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid mystery reader and was excited when the book arrived; but I found this story wanting. I was able to follow the story, but re-listening to chapters thinking I had missed something. I had some trouble understanding the motivation of the characters. There were many unanswered questions that tended to make the events unbelievable. I especially had difficulty with the character Snake; he was very unprofessional, and his actions in real life would have gotten him disbarred and probably ar ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Another great book by William Manchee. Stan Turner is sued for the death of a friend. He also is handling a murder case of a young woman who was accused of murdering her own baby, even though she doesn't remember anything. Stan and his family is also being harassed by a religious fanatic named Doomsayer. Can he handle all of this at once?

I found myself completely absorbed in this book. I enjoyed this book just as much as I had the previous book in this series. I loved the action in the courtroom
Brent Soderstrum
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have now read the first three books of the Stan Turner series and so far this is my favorite. Manchee didn't have so many seperate things going on in this book as in Brash Endeavor. Stan was dealing with just two things: being sued after a client died after slipping on the ice at his home and defending a lady who was accused of killing her newborn baby. Stan doesn't do much criminal work so he got his former law school professor, the Snake, to second chair him at the trial.

The ending was also
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Another outstanding story in the Stan Turner mystery series. The author is able to bring together two diverse great problems to challenge Stan Turner once again. This story will force you to not put this book down until you finished it. It is incredible how the author blends such seemingly different components together to lure you into Stan Turner's world. In one sense things seem totally preposterous but as the story develops they actually make sense. And once again the ending will blow you awa ...more
Karyn Niedert

January 06, 2015 updated note: I never received this book, but am marking it as "read" so it won't appear as an un-reviewed "won" book.

As of April 26, I have not received my copy of "Second Chair". I did receive Book 3 of Mr. Manchee's "Tarizon" series this afternoon. I'm sure it was a simple mix up.

I was very excited about winning "Second Chair" during Mr. Manchee's February Goodreads giveaway. This looks like a very intriguing series, and I'll be certain to look for the Stand Turner books at
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Both my husband and I really enjoyed this novel. No spoilers from us, but suffice to say that there is every aspect of a page turner in this book. You have great characters, lots of intrigue and mystery, and even though you assume you have the answers, you will be wrong. It is a book that held our interest throughout and we would recommend this book to anyone who likes a driven main character with a lot of substance. Waiting for a plot twist is my favorite part of a mystery and this book has all ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through the goodreads firstreads program . The book is about a lawyer who takes the case of a college student, accused of killing her baby after giving birth. Along the way, he's faced with a lawsuit from the wife of a colleague who dies at a party at his house. Someone is sending him anonymous, threatening letters for defending the mother. And he's never taken a criminal case, his specialty is bankruptcy law.
The book was interesting, and I liked the story. It was told in 9
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the GoodReads giveaways this is the fourth book I've received by William Manchee.
One of the many benefits of this wonderful site is the exposure to books and authors I may have never come across otherwise.
Manchee delivers another mystery/thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat and the pages turning in this third installment in the Stan Turner series.
With likeable characters and enough mystery and intrigue to keep you guessing, this is one enjoyable series.

**(On the off c
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
William Manchee kept me in suspense wondering what really happened in Second Chair. There was more than one murder, lies, and many suspects. It bothers me when a baby dies whether its murdered after it's born or an abortion. So just reading about what happened to Sarah Winters, who was accused of murdering her own baby upset me as I read. The truth was even more upsetting for me.
Stan's wife is so loyal, and the money he earns for the family is so tight, that attorney Stan Turner is very likable
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I've read a Stan Turner book or anything by author William Manchee. Other than a few typos and a letter dropped every now and then from one of the character's names, the book was well written in my opinion. The story drew me in to the drama and mystery of it all. It was a nice challenge trying to figure out who did what without falling for the obvious suspects. Not to spoil it for anyone, the book ended with a nice twist. Part of it was a little too over the top for me, bu ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a first reads book that I won. Thank you.

Stan is a nice guy maybe more than he should be. He is defending Sarah who supposedly killed her baby but she cannot remember the night at all. Also Stan has a Christmas party where one of his friends dies and then his widow sues Stan. Stan doesn't have a lot of good luck. He has threats being sent, no good witnesses and everything crashing in on him as he struggles to keep his business going and he doesn't usually do criminal cases but Sarah's Da
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this one on goodreads First Reads giveaway. I love mysteries! Can't wait to get started on this!

I'm sorry, but I was disappointed. I figured that this would surely be better than Undaunted due to it being a second book in a series. There should have been room for improvement. But once again, Stan is accused of yet another crime he didn't commit. I found it repetitive and I'm hoping the next in the series takes a new path.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this novel for free from Goodreads' First Reads program.

I have to say, although I really enjoyed this book, it seemed a little rehearsed. I figured out way before the end and the big reveal, who did the crime. The main character still needs some work, however his other characters seemed to jump off the page.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel. If legal thrillers are your genre, then you will not be disappointed.

John Mckeel
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads and I am glad I did. I wasn't familiar with the author (William Manchee)or his continuing character, Stan Turner. I am now and I will be reading his other books with this character. If you want a book to entertain you and keep you wondering how he is going to solve all his ongoing problem, this is the book for you, It will keep you on the edge of your seat. Has a good mystery to be solved and several interesting characters. ...more
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read and write by William Manchee. I loved this book. The plot had two things going on at once and both were attention grabbing. The characters were wonderful real people that one might meet on the street. Torn between his own legal problems and the legal problems of another the story unfolds with unique personable characters, situations and story. Bravo… Most excellent.
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William Manchee is an attorney by trade and practices consumer law in Dallas with his son Jim. Originally from southern California, he now lives in Plano, Texas.

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