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Murder One by Robert Dugoni
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Jul 15, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: court-case

The verdict's in on Murder One-Robert Dugoni has written a first-class legal thriller.This book was amazing !

The novel starts off with attorney David Sloane, fresh off a three-month sabbatical following the devastating murder of his wife. While attending a charitable function as the keynote speaker, he encounters Barclay Reid, who was opposing counsel in Sloane's most challenging case. Reid herself is still dealing with her own tragedy: the death of her teenage daughter from a drug overdose. Filyp Vasiliev, the Russian drug trafficker who was the source of the narcotics, inexplicably walked away as a free man after a recent trial; Reid, in reaction, is now on a crusade to hold him, and others like him, accountable in civil court.

Sloane finds himself attracted to Reid, in part by the passion for justice he sees in her, which is so much like his own. Things go upside down, though, when Vasiliev is found murdered, execution-style, in his own home. Reid is ultimately arrested for the crime, based upon evidence that is arguably a bit thin but nonetheless convincing. Reid insists that Sloane defend her, an action that he is reluctant to take due to his inexperience in criminal law matters. Nonetheless, backed by a strong office and research staff, Reid prepares for what may well be the most important case of his career: the defense of the woman with whom he is surely falling in love.

The heart of MURDER ONE is a puzzling mystery that is put not only to the jury during the trial but to the reader as well: If Reid didn't kill Vasiliev, then who did? As often happens with such matters, Sloane's defense is as much concerned with diverting the jury's attention to another potential perpetrator and away from his client as he is with establishing that his client could not have committed the murder. This he does, leaving the prosecution as well as the reader flatfooted.

For readers who love detailed police work and spot-on courtroom drama, this is the book to look for.He will keep you quessing right till the end.


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