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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 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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Leo Maxwell thinks he’s found a career-making case when a mysterious woman nearly runs him down, then appears at his office to hire him to defend her brother on a murder charge. One problem: Leo hasn’t actually met the client when he sets out to investigate what seems like a hot tip on a burgeoning scandal in the Oakland Police Department. When he presents evidence of deep-set corruption in the Department to the District Attorney’s office, he quickly learns that all is not as it seems, beginning with Leo’s client and the alluring woman who hired him. Leo’s “client,” as he learns to his humiliation, is actually represented by Nikki Matson, one of Oakland’s most notorious gangland lawyers. What’s more, the client knows nothing about Leo being hired to defend him and claims to not even have a sister.

Soon after Leo realizes that he’s been set up by unknown persons to be the number one enemy of both the police and the gangs, he also discovers he’s also being framed for Matson’s murder. He knows he’s a marked man unless he can bring those responsible to justice. Bodies pile up as Leo closes in on his tormenters, while at the same time, they are closing in on him.

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  • “This finely paced mystery is full of intelligent plot twists and should appeal to any fan of good writing.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “R. C. Bray is the perfect narrator to bring Lachlan Smith’s unusual legal thriller to audio. Leo Maxwell is not stupid by any stretch, but he lives in the shadow of his older brother and sister-in-law. But when his older brother is wounded and suffers a mental disability, Leo thinks its his duty to take up the slack. His enthusiasm leads to some bad decisions and involvement with some evil people who are way smarter than he is. Bray has a youthful confidence in his voice. When he performs, he creates a whole world for the listener to sink into. And when the bullets start flying, listeners will grip their steering wheels hard, hold their breath, and pray for the hero’s deliverance.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
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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.