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Publisher's Summary

I was just sitting in the car.
In the eighth installment of New York Times best-selling author Sheldon Siegel's iconic San Francisco series, Mike Daley and ex-wife Rosie Fernandez face new challenges and stare down old demons as they return to work at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office where they had started their careers and their relationship 20 years earlier. Mike and Rosie are now the co-heads of the Felony Division, where they spend more time running the office and supervising younger attorneys than trying cases. That changes quickly when Mike is visited by Melinda Nguyen, whose son, Thomas, a high school senior, is about to go on trial for murder. Thomas has been arrested under California's archaic felony murder rule, which says you can be can be convicted of first degree murder if you're present when someone is killed during the course of a felony, even if you don't pull the trigger. The charge against Thomas shows the limits of this legal doctrine. He was sitting outside in the car when a friend entered a liquor store in San Francisco's teeming Tenderloin District and allegedly flashed a gun. The shopkeeper pulled out an AR-15 and calmly filled the alleged robber's chest with bullets. Thomas is charged with murder even though he never entered the store.
Thomas fires his original lawyer on the eve of trial after she recommends a plea bargain. With nowhere else to turn, his mother petitions for help from the Public Defender's Office, and Mike agrees to handle the trial scheduled to start four days later. As the evidence mounts against Thomas, it tests Mike and Rosie's legal skills and relationship. Their stress is compounded by the fact that Thomas and his mother may have a connection to Mike's older brother, Tommy, who died in Vietnam.
©2017 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc. (P)2017 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By R. Pontiflet on 06-17-17

You Don't Have To Pull The Trigger!!

This novel is about the efforts of Mike and Rosie to save the life of young Thomas, a high school teenager, from being convicted of first degree murder... a crime he did not commit. It seems that Thomas didn't even know that his friend had a gun, which is one of the pieces of evidence that adds to the interest and mystery of this story. As the evidence mounts against Thomas, this case tests Mike and Rosie's legal skills and their relationship with each other.
This is a very interesting story with believable characters and Mike's sense of humor provides the listener some relief from the tension as the story builds.

Tim Campbell's narration is very good.

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1 out of 5 stars
By John on 06-15-17

Every book after # 1 is a repeat

1 and done for this author. The first book was fun to listen to. I have listened to book 6 and tried to listen to this book but cannot continue.

1 - 6- 8 All have a gun with fingerprints as one of the red herrings. At least there was a borderline explanation in book 1.. book 6 was a planted gun with fingerprints & Book 8 we are back to the same explanation as book 1

This book kept repeating itself over and over to fill pages. The same question asked to different witnesses gave us the same answer over and over again.

A talented writer filling pages to fulfill contract obligations I'm sure... I guess there is no patience to write something with substance anymore.


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3 out of 5 stars
By Judith on 10-30-17


I have enjoyed all of this series, having listened to them in order. I'm unsure why they aren't more popu or lar. If you like John Grisham, Adam Mitzner or Victor Methos you will enjoy these books. However, this one is beginning to feel a bit formulaic so maybe just the first 7 in the series!

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