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 him to clear his name. Leon is dying and doesn’t want his daughter to life with the stigma of a murderer as a father. Reluctantly, Mike takes the case. As Mike investigates on his client’s behalf, he finds there may have been others who wanted the victim silenced.

Siegel uses his experience as a private practice attorney to write a super series of legal thrillers and this is another great entry into that series. I always learn a lot about process and the legal system but without it ever being preachy or taking me out of the system. There are great, well-developed characters and excellent dialogue, both verbal and internal, and humor. Being that I live in San Francisco (okay, Oakland really), I love following him around the streets and neighborhoods. I enjoyed the way case and story evolved without letting me see where it was going. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, page-turning read, I highly recommend it.

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