Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Murder One

By Robert Dugoni

From the book jacket:

A year after the devastating murder of his wife, attorney David Sloane has returned to Seattle after three months in Mexico. At a black-tie dinner where he’s been persuaded to give the keynote address, Sloane reconnects with Barclay Reid, opposing counsel in his most prominent case. Barclay is suffering from her own personal tragedy—the death of her teenage daughter from a drug overdose. In the aftermath, Barclay has begun an intense crusade against the Russian drug traffickers she holds responsible for her daughter’s death, pursuing them with a righteousness that matches Sloane’s own zeal for justice. Despite their adversarial past, Sloan is drawn to Barclay and for the first time since his wife died, he finds himself beginning to have romantic feelings again. But when Barclay’s crusade stalls and a Russian drug dealer turns up dead, she stands accused of murder, and Sloane is her chosen defender. Amid the swirling media frenzy, in his first criminal case, Sloane finds himself once again in harm’s way, while mounting evidence suggests that Barclay is a woman with many secrets—and may not be quite as innocent as she seems.

Just my opinion:

Murder One is truly an awesome read. I liked it right away for a couple reasons – the author is from the same state where I live (Washington) and he uses scenes in Seattle I could recognize. To top it off, the story caught my attention from the start with crisp writing and an interesting scenario.

There are also several twists in the book that keep you guessing on who committed the crime. My first guess was soon proved wrong as all the evidence began to point to another character. But as the story continued, I kept going back to my original opinion for a variety of reasons. There was just something a little “off” about the person that didn’t quite add up.

I’m trying desperately to write a review that doesn’t give away the ending, so I’ll stop there with the description and just say this really is a great book and if you like whodunits, you’ll definitely enjoy reading this or any of the other books Robert Dugoni has penned.

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