A rising star at her prestigious Seattle law firm, Dana Hill knows all about stress. She pours herself into her work and family with all the energy she has. But her carefully balanced life is about to be turned upside down. First a frightening medical diagnosis forces her to reassess her roles as a lawyer, mother, and wife to a man she suddenly no longer trusts. Then her life is rocked further by the shocking and brutal murder of her twin brother.With a smart, iconoclastic detective named Michael Logan as her only ally, Dana dives into the investigation, relentlessly seeking answers to who killed her brother and why. Logan cannot believe that the murder was anything more than a robbery gone terribly wrong. But when Dana uncovers a priceless handcrafted diamond earring in the debris of her twin's trashed home, the case becomes more sinister. Dana is sure the jewel is the key to her twin's secrets. And Logan becomes convinced it can help stop a string of cold-blooded murders that have followed in the wake of her brother's death.As Dana and Logan chase the faint trail of evidence from Seattle to Maui, they threaten the reputation, career, and future of a powerful man who will stop at nothing to protect what he considers his. But for Dana, for whom time has a special meaning, nothing - not even her own life - is more important than finding the truth. She has moved beyond fear and beyond anyone's attempts at damage control.More
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Better than average mystery/thriller
Perhaps it is because I've listened to several disappointing stories recently, but I very much enjoyed this read. Robert Dugoni has very well honed skills in keeping a story moving and sidestepped the pitfalls of creating unbelievable solutions that so many writers seem to do. Also, even though this is a political/police thriller, Mr. Dugoni has successfully avoided inserting his own political bias into the story, one of my pet peeves is snarky pot shots some writers take at either the right or the left of the political spectrum, thank you for that. I am also likely to look for more books by this narrator, Christopher Lane, his pace was just right with character voicing's that enhanced rather than distracted from the story.
Not a Legal Thriller, but good story
Once was enough. Would recommend it. Good characters. In a way, a bit of a "lite" read. Still I enjoyed it. Some mystery. Some real life events. Some miracles. Some tragedy. HOWEVER do not even think about court rooms, the law, Scott Turow, John Grisham. This book is nothing like their work.
The beginning hooked me. The second visit to the eccentric artist was a bit thrilling. I enjoyed the flow of the book and characters and of course a love story emerges - implausibly but I suppose in real life love shows up in implausible ways.
Again I think the beginning got me and momentum stayed strong enough.
No. I appreciate the author informing readers (just enough so) about breast cancer. Too little is said and done on that reality. The way it played out in the book however was lame. It suggested it could be a cake walk and that is simply the wrong message.
I would like to read more of this author's books. I liked the narrator very much. Occasionally I was a little confused whether we were hearing a male or female character talking/thinking in the narration. Still, the narrator truly seemed to fit the main character. And I liked the main character of the book.
- Debbie "Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy.."