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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheldon Siegel Narrator: David Dukes Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mike Daley Mysteries Release Date:
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Debut author Sheldon Siegel bursts into the legal arena with a riveting courtroom drama, exposing the world of big-time law firms and lawyers in a sharp-witted, wonderfully sardonic page-turner of a novel.

Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. Ex-husband. And as of yesterday, ex-partner at Simpson & Gates, one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up a private practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder. Daley has his first client--and is instantly catapulted into a high-profile case involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him.

The victims are one of Simpson & Gates's most powerful partners and a beautiful young associate. There's a suicide note on the partner's computer, but neither the police nor the ambitious district attorney believe it's authentic--and they think the man they've arrested is the killer. It's up to Mike Daley to prove them wrong, but time is very short.

As Daley prepares his case, he begins to uncover the firm's dirtiest secrets--and dirty they are--but he also discovers that his friend, too, has a lot to hide. Even as the trial is under way, Daley and his investigators are still frantically digging for evidence that will clear their client. Against a chorus of morning press reports and nightly TV commentaries picking apart each day's session, Daley comes to realize that ambition, politics, greed, and long-standing grudges will play just as important a role in the outcome as truth and justice. This is the real world of law practice at work, and it's as ruthless as it is startling.

Brilliantly paced, witty, crackling with energy and suspense, Special Circumstances not only brings us to a stunning denouement; it zestfully reminds us why we love to hate lawyers--but can't get enough of courtroom drama when it's done this well.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carol | 1/26/2014

    " Outstanding! I don't give 5 stars very often but this is one courtroom drama that deserves it. If you like Grisham's older books and enjoy a good courtroom/semi-mystery novel - this is the one for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ann | 1/17/2014

    " An engrossing court room drama. This is Siegel's first Mike Daley novel. Since it was written in 2000 I'm now looking for the follow ups. I fully expect there to be a four star among them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lacey Muscato | 1/1/2014

    " Really is a page-turner!Did not want to stop reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim Swike | 12/22/2013

    " For Sheldon Siegel's first book I thought it was a great read. If you like Courtroom drama, plot twists throughout, if you have connections to Law firms, you may really like it. Enjoy! "

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