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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Lashner Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Victor Carl Series Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780060798000
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Late one night Victor Carl gets a panicked phone call from an old law school classmate. Guy Forrest claims he has just found the body of his fiancé lying murdered in the house they shared. The victim is Hailey Prouix, for whose love Guy had abandoned his children, his job, his wife, his life. Hailey had mesmerized every man she ever met -- including, unbeknownst to Guy, Victor Carl. Convinced that Guy is Hailey's killer, Victor agrees to represent him, all the while secretly vowing to see justice done, whatever the cost.

Victor embarks on a quest that will take him from Philadelphia to Las Vegas to the valleys of West Virginia. He digs further into Hailey Prouix's past and discovers that nothing is as simple as it had seemed, especially the woman he thought he loved. As Guy's murder trial heads toward its shattering conclusion, Victor must find the brutal truth before the mechanism of retribution he himself has set into motion falls like a hatchet, smack on his client's head.

Read by Peter Francis James.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fatal Flaw is an explosive mix of love gone wrong, betrayal, and murder. With high wit and perfect pitch, Lashner keeps the reader spellbound.”

    Harlan Coben

  • “Lashner proves that John Grisham isn’t the only lawyer/author who can win over a jury of readers…Flaw wins a favorable verdict for its not-so-open-and-shut case.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “What a good book. A wonderful cast of characters, a raging whodunit frosted with sex, a burning page-turner, but more than all that, Hostile Witness is, at last, a book that portrays the soul of a lawyer.”

    Gerry Spense 

  • “Devilishly complex, meticulously plotted thriller that keeps us guessing right up to the final scenes…The author’s prose style achieves a rare lyricism in places, and his characters are deep pools of mystery. A first-rate thriller.”


  • “Propulsive.”


  • “Dramatic and clever.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer 

  • “An unforgettable hero.” 

    Denver Post

  • “Highly readable…rich and resonant first person narrative...the character of Carl has aged like fine wine…He’s a provocative and entertaining guide.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A crackerjack court drama.” 

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “The complicated plot will keep you turning pages.” 

    Philadelphia Daily News

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 6/4/2010

    " Enjoyed this book but can't say that I truly loved it. Worth reading though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 6/5/2009

    " Third entry in the VIctor Carl series. Good plot about a failed lawyer who is accused of killing his lawyer girl friend. Turns out she has Victor on the side, so he must resolve conflicting feelings when he becomes his friend's defense attorney. Introduces the repulsive but helpful PI Phil Skink. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saniya | 5/31/2009

    " Awesome fiction. Kind of racy at times. But who doesn't want that out of a thriller, murder, mystery novel? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/2/2009

    " Not nearly as good as Hostile Witness. I hope his others are better than this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genie | 2/23/2009

    " I couldn't put it down until I finished. Great detective noir style, not too hammy, good characters and story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrisfenn | 9/14/2008

    " Good gym book. Easy read that keeps you interested. "

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About the Author
Author William Lashner

William Lashner is the New York Times bestselling author of A Killer’s Kiss, Marked Man, Falls the Shadow, Past Due, Fatal Flaw, Bitter Truth, and Hostile Witness. His thrillers have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have been sold all across the globe. He also published a small existential novel called Kockroach under the pseudonym Tyler Knox. Before becoming a novelist, he was a prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. A graduate of the New York University School of Law, as well as the Iowa Writers Workshop, he lives with his wife, his three children, and his dog, Chase Muttley, in Philadelphia.

About the Narrator

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was a prominent Nigerian writer who is famous for his novels describing the effects of Western customs and values on traditional African society. His satire and keen ear for spoken language made him one of the most highly esteemed African writers in English. He published novels, essay collections, poetry, short stories, and juvenile fiction. Among his works are Things Fall Apart, Anthills of the Savannah, A Man of the People, Arrow of God, and the notable collections Morning Yet on Creation Day and Hopes and Impediments. A recipient of the Man Booker International Prize, he was the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.