Plea of Insanity

  • by Jilliane Hoffman
  • Narrated by Karen White
  • 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Julia Valenciano is a young, ambitious Miami prosecutor. Assigned to a hectic trial division with an ornery judge, just getting through the day can be a challenge. When Julia is asked to second chair a case that could very well make or break her career, she doesn't hesitate to jump on board. The defendant: a successful Miami surgeon. The victims: his own wife and small children. The plea: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity. The perfect father. The perfect husband. Dr. David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family. But the state suspects that Marquette's insanity defense is being fabricated to disguise murders that were cold-blooded and calculated. And the evidence appears to be mounting that Marquette may be responsible for other unsolved murders around the state as well---murders that bear the frightening signature of a serial killer. It's Julia's first murder trial and her first insanity defense, and the stakes are incredibly high. If convicted, Marquette faces the ultimate penalty---death. If found insane, he could walk free. To bring a killer to justice, Julia will have to journey into the mind of madness herself. For her, the trial of Dr. David Marquette will mean more than just disarming a legal defense; it will take her on a personal journey back into her own past---a past she has struggled for fifteen years to forget. And it will bring her face to face with a future that is so frightening, she's not sure she ever wants to see it.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Julia Vacanti is an ambitious Miami attorney who, when not battling the everyday sexism found in male dominated courtrooms, is quickly rising within the ranks as a tenacious prosecutor.
Julia agrees to take on the sensational murder case of a respected surgeon accused of murdering his wife and small children. Were these killings the result of a delusional schizophrenic episode as the defense strategy states? Or, were these murders a precise, exacting plan from the warped mind of a cold-blooded killer? In order to know for sure, Julia first must get to know madness itself.
Plea of Insanity is narrated impeccably in creamy, polished tones by Karen White, who was included in Audiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011.

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What the Critics Say

"[A] gripping legal thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wow a Cop on a Harley!

Would you listen to Plea of Insanity again? Why?

Yes, just to check the clues I missed. This was so well done.


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

Oh boy did it! Right from the start to the end


What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

I purchased this book only because ms white read it. I love the way she can make the characters come to life.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it in one sitting and oh what an emotional roller coster it was.


Any additional comments?

I do not know if I will buy the author other listing as I do not know the reader. I have been badly burned on the newer crop of readers...some are just plain awful. Ms White will not disappoint. Enjoy

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- Karen "Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me."

A very good listen

The story is very interesting and the reader is very good. I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to reading more by this author.
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- Dana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-30-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio