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After listening to the first book (Jury Master) in the series, which was really good, I wanted to listen to the rest of the series. However, after reading many of the first reviews (saying how bad this one is) I bought #3, Bodily Harm, and #4, Murder One. Listened to #3, which is about a defective toy manufactured in China, and is amazing also.
BUT, do not skip Wrongful Death! It appears to be about the military not supplying upgraded equipment to troops in war...but it turns out it is NOT about that at all. It is, once again, about a corporation and individuals consumed with greed, even at the cost of many innocent lives.
And, if you skip this one and go on to #3, you will miss a lot of the back stories, e.g., who are his associates and how did they meet Sloane. As soon as I finished #3 I purchased Wrongful Death at full discounted price and I was not disappointed. Now I'm on to #4...so excited to see what is in store next!!!
(Truly, I do NOT understand why Audible puts so many negative reviews at the top of the reviews, while leaving hundreds of glowing comments buried! It's very irritating.)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Wrongful Death is about a member of the Washington state National Guard who was killed during the US war in Iraq. In this case I suggest reading the publisher's summary which does a nice job of setting up the novel. I will add only that the key to potential success of attorney David Sloane is whether the action when the man was killed was part of the war or was in the furtherance of the business interest of a military contractor.
Wrongful Death is a legal thriller, but much of the action and intense suspense is outside the courtroom. Author Robert Dugoni has written a wonderful novel and Dan John Miller's narration is outstanding. As I have written in other reviews Robert Dugoni is one of my favorite authors who never disappoints. Dugoni's newest release in his outstanding Tracy Crosswhite police procedural series titled Close to Home will be released in a few hours.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this book!
I listened to the audio edition, performed by Dan John Miller. Miller did an excellent job in translating Dugoni's written word into the realm of the spoken.
An attorney is asked by a woman to investigate the death of her husband while on deployment in Iraq and is drawn into a ever-deepening web of lies and deceit... Sounds pretty run-of-the-mill, right? This was good though! Dugoni takes the characters on some interesting adventures, none of which turn out to be red herrings thankfully.
Miller expertly performed a myriad of complex characters interacting in every scene, and I particularly liked the 'telephone-effect' used when a character was talking to another on the phone - it really helped to keep me in touch with who was where.
Dugoni's plot was well-crafted with suspense, flashbacks and multiple characters slowly moving toward an inevitable collision. The way Dugoni explained all the contexts of the characters' actions (and left some mysteriously unsaid) all helped to create a clear picture in the mind of what was going on and built tension in nearly every scene.
Talking about that tension, I know that it's standard procedure to keep readers guessing and end scenes before resolving them... BUT it felt like this was being written as a TV series. In the middle of the book, there was so much darting around with mysterious people walking into houses or phones ringing that I started to get a little annoyed. I'm already reading the book - just advance the plot already! As the storylines converged toward the end it trailed off thankfully and we got down to resolving the story.
I liked that Dugoni kept it all pretty straight (no trips to Paris and murders under the sea) and doesn't mess around. Short of the quick-fire scene changes in the middle this book gets a glowing recommendation.