Motion to Dismiss : Kali O'Brien

  • by Jonnie Jacobs
  • Narrated by Eleanor Walker-Jenkins
  • Series: Kali O'Brien
  • 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

San Francisco attorney Kali O'Brien knows that in the legal system, reality can be shaded, but she doesn't like clients who lie to her. That's what she has in Grady Barrett, a wealthy computer magnate married to Kali's best friend, who is arraigned in the rape of Deirdre Nicholas. Grady maintains that Deirdre's vivid, emotional, and thoroughly convincing deposition is a clever and manipulative web of lies spun to trap him. Then Deirdre plunges to her death from a second-story balcony. A tragic accident? Or cold-blooded murder? Now, bound to a client she can't trust, Kali finds herself straddling a fine line.

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Doesn't Hold Up Well

The original version of this book was written in 1994 but it feels more 1974, or 54 or old in any case. I listened to the first couple of hours of this one with a low grade anger until I decided that I didn't have the determination to continue. The plot centers around a female lawyer whose best friend's husband is charged the rape, then the murder of a woman he had what he considered to be consensual sex. The lawyer Kali O'Brien is maneuvered into becoming the lead lawyer for the husband's defense despite her mixed emotions.
This audiobook had references to "date rape" as opposed to "real rape" and the men in the narrative being contemptuous of the woman reporting the rape and the concept in general. Kali was a disappointment in the sense that she basically took whatever the misogynistic creep she was defending as well as the other lawyer's condescension. All in all I found the theme and the writing irritating in the extreme. A few chapters into the book I wanted the defendant convicted on the basis of his being a total jerk. I also wanted to just once hear Kali tell both Mark and the defendant to tell their own lies. I liked the first 2 books in the series; didn't like this one.
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- Me & My Girls

Female Perry Mason with rape, drugs and murder

Where does Motion to Dismiss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in the upper two thirds.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It keep me guessing however it was not so suspenseful as to keep me at the edge of my seat.


Did Eleanor Walker-Jenkins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The narration was mediocre. It was listenable however it could use an all around general improvement. I don't feel the narration was as bad as some of the reviewers felt that it was. However it was the major draw back for this book.

The narrator did a satisfactory job differentiating between the characters.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Rape, drugs murder


Any additional comments?

This was a fairly good legal thriller. I wasn't able to easily guess the killer although I sort of suspected who the actual killer may be and wasn't surprised with the Perry Mason style court room revelation. There were some red herrings in the story to offer distractions. The story was well written with a decent plot. Although the accused is innocent of murder and rape he is not an innocent person nor is he especially likable. Grady, the accused is a rich, spoiled arrogant narcissistic liar who cheats on his seriously ill wife. He is a good father and despite his character flaws he is a caring loving husband. Grady is a difficult person for Kali to defend, and she only does so because he is the husband of her best friend. Grady's character flaws and personality really contribute to making him look guilty.

First Grady is accused of date rape and when the victim is murdered he is then accused of her murder. The police do not even consider any other suspects. Gardy admits to consensual sex with the victim to Kali however he insists to his wife that he only gave the woman a ride home from a party. Of course his wife is no fool and knows better.

All in all this was a good legal thriller and worth a listen.

P.S. Grady deserved to go to jail just on the merit of being a real cad and a**hole.


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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2015
  • Publisher: Jonnie Jacobs