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Author: Barry Siegel Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1997 ISBN: 9781436169707
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Barry Siegel is an award-winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times and has been nominated for the Edgar Award. In The Perfect Witness, he uses his talent for crime reporting to craft a gripping tale of deception and murder.

They used to be partners—Greg Monarch and Ira Sullivan, a couple of do-good lawyers in central California. But it all went bad for Ira. Bad enough that he wakes up in jail one day staring at a death sentence for murder. Only Greg Monarch has a prayer of getting him off—if he’s willing to cross certain ethical lines.

Layer by layer, Greg peels back a tissue of lies—and at the rotten core he comes to Sandy Polson. Sandy says she was with Ira the night of the murder, says she saw the whole thing. The prosecution believes she’s the perfect witness. But what if Monarch could persuade Sandy to tell the truth? Wouldn’t Sandy then become the perfect witness for the defense?

By its chilling conclusion, Barry Siegel’s courtroom thriller has questioned the very foundations of justice and truth. Narrator Paul Hecht conveys the lawyers’ tensions and the seductive calm of the strange woman with equal flair.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Siegel conveys a strong sense of place, and the convincingly captures the conflict between flagging idealism and hard reality in this protagonists…the plot twists are genuinely surprising.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Intriguing.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Intricately plotted…It's not often one encounters a fictional character as memorable as Sandy Poison…Monarch's courtroom duels with the disturbed but extremely devious Poison are fascinating.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A cliffhanger of a story…A haunting thriller…with artfully drawn characters caught up in a tangle that pulls even tighter as the story progresses.” Seattle Times
  • “Bold and Clever.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

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About the Author

Barry Siegel is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times who won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2002 for his piece “A Father’s Pain, a Judge’s Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach.” He is an expert on literary journalism and was recruited by the University of California, Irvine to chair that school’s new English program in literary journalism. Siegel is the author of the influential true crime novel A Death in White Bear Lake, which is considered by many to be a seminal document regarding child abuse. Siegel lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audiobooks spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations.