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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

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  • 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. "

About the Author

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.

About the Narrator

Peter Francis James is an accomplished actor on both the stage and the screen. His theater credits include roles in On Golden Pond, Much Ado about Nothing, and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. His many film and television credits include Jahfree Neema in Oz, Raymond Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Joe Gould’s Secret, The Guiding Light, Law & Order: SVU, and Third Watch. James’ audiobook narration has won him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards.