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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: Related: The Leo Maxwell Series Release Date:
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Everything seems backwards with this case: a lawyer falls victim to a crime, the police seem to be advocating for the wrong side of the law, and young attorney Leo Maxwell is forced to do an investigator’s job in pursuit of the man who tried to kill his brother.

Leo had been raised by his older brother, Teddy, a top criminal lawyer both renowned and notorious for his talent and ruthlessness. Though different in character and viewpoint, Leo always tried to emulate Teddy, striving to be recognized by his brother as a fellow lawyer in his own right.

The two are at lunch when Teddy, scheduled to give the closing argument of his current trial that afternoon, is shot—in public, in the middle of the bar. But the shooter escapes without Leo catching even a glimpse of him. While Teddy lies in a coma, Leo searches for the shooter, soon realizing that the list of possible suspects is much larger than he could have possibly imagined.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.