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Author: William Lashner Narrator: Ken Howard Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Victor Carl Series Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780061344343
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Hard-luck Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl is just itching for the opportunity to sell out. Then good fortune comes knocking at his door in the guise of William Prescott III, a blue-blood attorney from one of the city's most prestigious firms. Prescott wants Victor to represent a councilman's aide who is on trial, along with his boss, for extortion, arson, and murder. It's the juiciest, highest-profile courtroom extravaganza in years -- and all Carl has to do is show up, shut up, and follow Prescott's lead.

But it soon becomes clear that somene's setting him and his client up to take a long, hard fall. Victor Carl may be desperate and unethical but he's no one's patsy. And to survive in this legal snake pit of secrets, lies, and lethal double-crosses, he's going to play the game his way.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 1/17/2014

    " Wow, this guy can write! I thoroughly enjoyed this Philly-based mystery full of as many interesting characters are you can ever find walking around the city. Laughs, great perceptions, surprising twists, and depth. This book has it all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denese | 4/27/2013

    " Similar to ones I've read before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 10/27/2012

    " this is a great character driven story. its a quick read, but one where you will enjoy total escapism "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charisse | 4/9/2011

    " Loved the descriptions of Philly!! Good crime novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 3/11/2011

    " I don't know if I believe in art anymore. At least this is fun to read. Even the crappy characters are fun to read about. I think characterization and plot are Lashner's strong points. It's way better than its peers, the type you find in airport terminal shops. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/16/2011

    " Very Good; lawyer looking to improve his lot agees to assist in case against councilman and his aide, until he figures out his client is going to be the scapegoat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rani | 1/4/2011

    " Page turning legal thriller! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/2/2010

    " bought this book used at hooked on books in wildwood nj turned out to be great accidental gem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 9/28/2010

    " This is a moral thriller about a young lawyer how thinks the grass is greener on the other side . But decises that in order to get to the other side he must give up his soul. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 9/17/2010

    " Good but not great. A little too much sex for my tastes, but an interesting story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gert | 6/28/2010

    " read both books in this series - enjoyed them both. this is not a hero you're supposed to like, but i think its not hard to get involved. recommended to both legal and suspense lovers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Herzog | 3/12/2010

    " OK, for the first in a series. Victor Carl's failure to defend his client was a stretch. I also found Veronica to be a rather shallow character for the part she played in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/26/2010

    " Exciting and hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denese | 1/22/2010

    " Similar to ones I've read before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Herzog | 1/2/2010

    " OK, for the first in a series. Victor Carl's failure to defend his client was a stretch. I also found Veronica to be a rather shallow character for the part she played in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 9/7/2009

    " Very Good; lawyer looking to improve his lot agees to assist in case against councilman and his aide, until he figures out his client is going to be the scapegoat.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/13/2009

    " Exciting and hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 11/2/2008

    " Again, I've only read this first one, but have already bought the next 5. I have a bad habit of doing this! ha ha Anyway, I liked this first one enough to get the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charisse | 8/7/2008

    " Loved the descriptions of Philly!! Good crime novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 6/22/2008

    " I don't know if I believe in art anymore. At least this is fun to read. Even the crappy characters are fun to read about. I think characterization and plot are Lashner's strong points. It's way better than its peers, the type you find in airport terminal shops. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 4/2/2008

    " Good but not great. A little too much sex for my tastes, but an interesting story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 12/28/2007

    " this is a great character driven story. its a quick read, but one where you will enjoy total escapism "

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

Ken Howard, an American actor, is best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and as basketball coach Ken Reeves in the television show The White Shadow. He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2009–2012.