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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (102 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lachlan Smith Narrator: R. C. Bray Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Leo Maxwell Series Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781611749229
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A young San Francisco lawyer tries to track down the shooter who put his brother, a notorious, ruthless, top criminal lawyer, in a coma. He soon realizes the list of possible suspects is much larger than he could have possibly imagined. "Grabs the [listen Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Smith establishes a commanding presence, a gift for complex plotting, and an ability to create richly drawn characters who draw the reader into the action from the opening scene.”

    Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Terminal City

  • Bear Is Broken is an exciting read.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Reminiscent in tone of early works by John Grisham and late ones concocted by Michael Connelly, Bear Is Broken reeks with the cynical authenticity of the games cops and lawyers play.”

    January Magazine

  • “Smith’s powerful legal thriller debut, the first in a series, grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go…Assured prose and taut plotting add up to a winner.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Smith’s first novel offers a superior blend of amateur-detective mystery and belated-coming-of-age novel cunningly masked as a legal thriller…Smith combines a smart but clueless protagonist forced to drop his naïveté; a gathering of well-drawn, equally motivated suspects; and, yes, some plot-furthering sex and violence. San Francisco’s gritty streets and neighboring redwood forests add to the appeal, and the addictive characters and the quirky, sideways look at the system close the deal on a terrific debut.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This engaging debut by a practicing Alabama attorney features well-drawn if somewhat unlikable characters and enough plot twists to please any mystery fan.”

    Library Journal

  • “The suspects are familiar types…but newcomer Smith juggles them with supernal dexterity, and the final showdown is hair-raising. Sensitive, ingenious, and suspenseful. A series is promised and very welcome indeed.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This debut San Francisco noir is so atmospheric you can practically hear the cable cars and fog horns on the bay…R. C. Bray performs skillfully and serves the overcrowded plot well.”


  • Winner of the 2014 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Agnes Muscoreil | 2/15/2014

    " Never really got into the story, and didn't feel like I knew or cared about either brother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 2/15/2014

    " Excellent effort- especially for a first time novelist. Likable, believable characters and a twisty-turny mystery. The set up in this first novel will play out nicely in what I can only presume will be a series. I do not understand the title - at all. Very fast, entertaining read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Viccy | 2/7/2014

    " Too slow developing, character development was not working for me. Might have to revisit it when less pressed for time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don Gorman | 1/20/2014

    " Wow, another really worthwhile first time author. I needed a good mystery to get me back on track after the last couple of books I read. This is a fun "whodunit" with a couple of brothers and a fairly wild supporting cast. A little shorter than it could have been and a little light on some aspects of character and story development it was still a very fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Hilborne | 1/12/2014

    " As I read a pre-publication review copy, my full review will be published elsewhere. This is an excellent novel filled with suspense. Definitely recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Intriago | 1/12/2014

    " Good plot. Full of twists and great descriptions of the city of San Francisco. The writing is a little bit rough and the thread of the story seems to get lost in spots. Overall, not bad for a first book. Look forward to the author's next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lhenry | 1/10/2014

    " This probably a better book that 3 stars: it had a lot of complexity and twists and turns, but I found all the characters pretty dismal creatures. It was absorbing but not super enjoyable to read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gingerkat | 12/30/2013

    " I wonder why it;s called Bear is Broken.I wonder why I spent so much time reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alafair Burke | 12/23/2013

    " What I said: ""Lachlan Smith brings the culture of the courthouse and the complicated relationship between two brothers to life in this excellent debut." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Riley | 9/29/2013

    " A bit quirky but a hell of a good first effort. Fans of San Francisco should enjoy the locale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 8/28/2013

    " John Grisham-esque lawyer book. I was not taken by the main character. He was not sympathetic at all, but story was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 loretta | 7/2/2013

    " Perhaps it was the timing following the Boston marathon bombings, but I couldn't get into this story full of unlikable characters. Even the 'good' brother has 'issues'. I didn't bother finishing it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Al Stoess | 6/13/2013

    " Not much. Sorry I read it. Did not make a great deal of sense. Convoluted. Strange characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 4/10/2013

    " Looking forward to the rest of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Hooten | 1/10/2013

    " I liked the main character OK, but thought the mystery itself was sloppy. "

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About the Author

Lachlan Smith was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and received an MFA from Cornell. His fiction has appeared in the Best New American Voices series. In addition to writing novels, he is an attorney practicing in the area of civil rights and employment law.

About the Narrator

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, magazines, and apps, with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide books and magazines licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney-Hyperion and Disney Press in the US and Disney Libri in Italy. DPW’s digital products include bestselling e-book titles and award-winning original apps. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, which includes learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com.