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“The Gods of Guilt” by Michael Connolly

“The Gods of Guilt” by Michael Connolly

Narrated by Peter Giles

Mickey Haller #5

Mickey has received a call about a murder case. What he doesn’t realize at first is that the victim is a former client of his. A prostitute, who he thought he had helped get out of the life. Now she is dead and he realizes that she had secrets he knew nothing about, and one of them may have gotten her killed. Her manager is the accused but Mickey thinks that he’s too obvious as a suspect and is probably completely innocent. Mickey and his team soon find themselves digging into a complex web of lies that puts their lives in danger.

So this is my first dip into the Mickey Haller series, though I’ve been interested in it for a long time. This is another one that I picked up on the Audible Daily Deal and it was definitely a good choice. Mickey Haller is handsome and easily recognizable when he’s out and about. But his reputation is a little bit questionable. He stills work out of his Lincoln but he’s put together a top-notch support team that are committed to winning cases. I couldn’t help but like the whole team and their devotion to Mickey. This case was really a fascinating one. I found myself going back and forth in my opinion of the manager’s guilt or innocence. There were lots of plot twists and surprises both in the case and in Mickey’s personal life. Finally, the narration of this story is excellent. I enjoyed Peter Giles’s voice and he didn’t over characterize but let the drama of the story come out naturally. This one is a winner in my book and I will be looking for more of the books in this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

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“Moral Defense” by Marcia Clark

“Moral Defense” by Marcia Clark

Genre: Legal Thriller

I loved this book! This is book 2 in the Samantha Brinkman series. I am now totally hooked on this series. In this installment Samantha has 3 problems to resolve. She is defense attorney for a 16-year old girl who’s accused of killing both her parents and her brother. Making a repeat appearance in Sam’s office is DeShawn, a part-time drug dealer who she previously defended, and the Orozco’s who want to know who killed one of their own and they won’t take “No” for an answer. Alex and Michelle, her investigator and best friend, are also back and better than ever. Last, but not least, is the return of Dale, Sam’s father. He’s back on the police force and proves to be integral in solving the mystery.

So what is it about this book that I love so much. One of the most important things for me in making a good story is that the characters must be believable and relatable. I find every character in this series to be that way, from the Orozco thugs to Sam herself, every character could be a real person. In addition, I enjoy female protagonists who are tough and confident professionals but not afraid of their softer, feminine side, and I find Sam to be exactly that. She cares deeply about her friends but is not afraid to do whatever it takes to get the job done. I also like the way that Samantha’s personal story is gradually unfolding with each book and that she continues to work on her relationship with her father even though it can be awkward at times. Best friend Michelle is perfect as the voice of reason in her life. Alex is charming and endlessly surprising Sam with what he can discover with a few keystrokes. This book is full of great characters, legal drama and thrills. I highly recommend you check out this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating   5 stars!

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Moral Defense on Amazon – book 2

Blood Defense on Amazon – book 1

Moral Defense on Goodreads

Blood Defense on Goodreads

Legal Thriller Book Review: “A Case of Redemption” by Adam Mitzner

Legal Thriller Book Review: “A Case of Redemption” by Adam Mitzner

Dan Sorenson, NYC lawyer, has had a rough 18 months. He won a high-publicity case, his wife and daughter are killed in an auto accident, he quits his job with a prestigious firm, and then sinks himself into the bottle. Until he meets Nina. Nina has a high-profile case and she needs an experienced defense lawyer. The accused is Legally Dead, a rap artist, who is accused of killing his girlfriend Roxanne, another singing star. L.D. says he’s not guilty. After some persuasion, Dan agrees to take the case. He and Nina form their own firm and the battle lines are drawn. Together they have to sift through the lives of L.D. and Roxanne and build a defense. With a rising star ADA as the prosecutor and a camera hungry judge this trial is going to be a bumpy ride.

I was intrigued by Dan Sorenson from the first page. His story is tragic but I couldn’t help cheering him on. Nina is a beautiful young woman who just wants to pull him up out of his despair, while at the same time save a man she believes to be innocent from a life in prison. The dynamic between the two was very engaging. The courtroom drama was really well written and I liked how the author took the reader through Dan’s thought processes throughout the trial. He is constantly analyzing to determine his next move and how every word spoken will affect the jury’s opinion. I think this really helped me to feel a part of the action and kept the story moving forward at a good clip. This is the second book I’ve read from this author and it’s another winner for me.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Blood Defense” by Marcia Clark

Book Review: “Blood Defense” by Marcia Clark

Let me introduce you to Samantha Brinkman, the brightest new light in the legal thriller genre. “Blood Defense” is the first in a new series from famed prosecutor Marcia Clark.
Goodreads blurb: Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star—and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law.
Though Sam has doubts about his innocence, she and her two associates (her closest childhood friend and a brilliant ex-con) take the case. Notorious for living by her own rules—and fearlessly breaking everyone else’s—Samantha pulls out all the stops in her quest to uncover evidence that will clear the detective. But when a shocking secret at the core of the case shatters her personal world, Sam realizes that not only has her client been playing her, he might be one of the most dangerous sociopaths she’s ever encountered.
I really liked Samantha and her gang from the very beginning. They are tough, go-getters but they are also able to be vulnerable to each other. I particularly liked how Samantha was able to manipulate the press to give her the spin she wanted for her case. I found the plotline to be very engaging with plenty of surprising twists. Samantha’s personal story is seamlessly woven into the larger drama and helps to draw the reader in and bring the characters to life. I think any reader who enjoys legal drama or mysteries will find a lot to like in this book.
Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!
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“Irreparable Harm” by Melissa F. Miller

Thoroughly enjoyable! Packed with action and intrigue! Those were my first thoughts upon reading Irreparable Harm. I was completely taken in my Sasha McCandless. Here’s this delicate, petite woman, who appears to be as harmless as a fly, but threaten her and you’ll find yourself flat on the floor. Sasha trains in Krav Maga which she uses more than once while investigating this case. Sasha is also a highly respected lawyer who is about to made a partner in her firm, but only if she handles this case properly.

A commercial aircraft has crashed killing all onboard. The airline who owns the plane is Sasha’s client. As she and her team begin to dig into the lives of the passengers they uncover information that is very suspicious. Did somebody plot to bring down that plane deliberately? An employee at a technology firm inadvertently sends Sasha critical information that was supposed to be kept secret. Now Sasha has two thugs after her trying to get the information back, at any cost. Sasha must use all her resources to untangle this spider’s web.

I found it very hard to tear myself away from this book. The characters were wonderfully believable. I even enjoyed the action scenes. I loved the idea of this small woman taking down the big thugs. There also a fair bit of courtroom drama too. I felt like there was a really good balance of the action, intrigue and drama. This book is part of a series which I have added to my reading list. I highly recommend this legal thriller.