12 February 2015

Review: MURDER ONE, Robert Dugoni

  • First published by Touchstone, 2011
  • #4 in the David Sloane series
  • ISBN 978-1-4516-0669-0
  • 374 pages
  • source: my local library
Synopsis (author website)

A year after tragedy, attorney David Sloane has returned to work full time. At a black-tie dinner he reconnects with Barclay Reid, opposing counsel in Sloane's most prominent case. Barclay is suffering from her own personal tragedy after the death of her teenage daughter from a drug overdose. In the aftermath, Barclay has begun an intense crusade against the Russian drug traffickers she holds responsible for her daughter s death, pursuing them with a righteousness that matches Sloane's own zeal for justice. Sloane finds himself drawn to this woman, despite their adversarial past.

When Barclay's crusade stalls and the Russian drug dealer turns up dead, she stands accused of murder and Sloane is her chosen defender. Amidst the swirling media frenzy, in his first criminal case, Sloane finds himself once again in harm s way, while mounting evidence suggests Barclay is a woman with many secrets. And may not be quite as innocent or as in love with Sloane as she purports to be.

With his signature fast-paced, page-turning action, and exhilarating plot twists, Robert Dugoni once again proves why he' s so often been named as the heir to Grisham's literary throne.

My take

David Sloane, who normally takes on civil cases, agrees to defend Barclay Reid when she is accused of murder despite a clear conflict of interest and the fact that he does not usually take on murder cases. Barclay Reid says she wants him in court for her as he is known never to lose a case.

There's plenty of tension in this thriller as the court case proceeds, and just little inklings of what the truth might be. I found it also gave me a view of the American trial system, and the roles taken by prosecutor and defense, which differ quite markedly it seems from both British and Australian systems. The setting is Seattle. The "American-ness" of the novel obviously annoyed a previous borrower of this library book who had assiduously marked out differences in spelling and colloquial expression.


My rating: 4.5


Anonymous said...

Kerrie - I have to say that's something I like about legal novels that take place in other cultures. I like to learn the way other legal systems work. Glad this novel worked for you.

Anonymous said...

I'm always in the mood for a good legal thriller, and am quite used to the U.S. legal system.
Interesting that it differs from the systems in Britain and Australia. I've sensed that in British legal mysteries.

Glad you liked this one. I have to find it. A comparison to Grisham is a good one to me.


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