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Plea of Insanity Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (760 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jilliane Hoffman Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Julia Valenciano is a young, ambitious Miami prosecutor. Assigned to a hectic trial division with an ornery judge, just getting through the day can be a challenge. When Julia is asked to second chair a case that could very well make or break her career, she doesn’t hesitate to jump on board. The defendant: a successful Miami surgeon. The victims: his own wife and small children. The plea: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity.

The perfect father, the perfect husband, Dr. David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family. But the state suspects that Marquette’s insanity defense is being fabricated to disguise murders that were cold-blooded and calculated. And the evidence appears to be mounting that Marquette may be responsible for other unsolved murders around the state as well—murders that bear the frightening signature of a serial killer.

It’s Julia’s first murder trial and her first insanity defense, and the stakes are incredibly high. If convicted, Marquette faces the ultimate penalty—death. If found insane, he could walk free. To bring a killer to justice, Julia will have to journey into the mind of madness herself. For her, the trial of Dr. David Marquette will mean more than just disarming a legal defense; it will take her on a personal journey back into her own past—a past she has struggled for fifteen years to forget. And it will bring her face to face with a future that is so frightening she’s not sure she ever wants to see it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hoffman’s writing is graceful..[Plea of Insanity] is an enjoyable read.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “This gripping legal thriller from Hoffman…results in some major courtoom drama. Hoffman’s intriguing plot snakes around both cases as Julia questions her own mental health and a future only a nail-biting sequel might fully answer.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Courtroom dramatics are less the point here than in many legal thrillers. It’s Julia’s torment as she comes to terms with her family’s tragic history and Hoffman’s dissection of the legal and moral arguments surrounding the insanity plea that push things along—and the questions raised will linger long after the story ends.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Krissy Obermark | 2/19/2014

    " This is the first 'legal thriller' that I've read. It was absolutely impossible for me to put down, but it also made me scared of the dark! Now I remember why I don't watch Law & Order or CSI. I like that Hoffman gives her readers credit and doesn't feel the need to spell everything out. It was absolutely fabulously written and I really empathized with a lot of the characters. Perhaps I'll try more legal thrillers, even at the risk of losing sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Sbalanay | 2/14/2014

    " Chilling..pae turning...keeps you there until the end!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Lynn | 2/8/2014

    " I love this author; tight plots; interesting and flawed characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Vivian | 2/4/2014

    " Suspenseful and well plotted, I really enjoyed this one as much as her two earlier works. I thought that the insight into a schizophrenic's mind was very interesting. Looking forward to her next effort. "

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About the Author
Author Jilliane Hoffman

Jilliane Hoffman, the author of several suspense novels, began her professional career as an assistant state attorney prosecuting felonies in Florida from 1992 to 1996, with special assignments to the domestic violence unit and the legal extradition unit. Through 2001, she was the regional legal advisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, advising more than one hundred special agents on criminal and civil matters in complex investigations involving narcotics, homicide, and organized crime.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor and No Passengers beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.