The 7th Canon

  • by Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by James Patrick Cronin
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A riveting new legal thriller from the bestselling author of My Sister's Grave.
In San Francisco's seamy Tenderloin district, a teenage street hustler has been murdered in a shelter for boys. And the dedicated priest who runs the struggling home stands accused. But despite damning evidence that he's a killer - and worse - Father Thomas Martin stands by his innocence. And attorney Peter Donley stands with him.
For three years Donley has cut his legal teeth in his uncle's tiny, no-frills firm, where people come before profits. Just as Donley is poised to move on to a lucrative dream job, the shocking case lands in his lap, and he must put his future on hold while putting his courtroom skills to the test. But a ruthless DA seeking headlines and a brutal homicide cop bent on vengeance have their own agendas. Now, as he unearths the dirty secrets surrounding the case, Donley must risk his neck to save his client's life...and expose the face of true evil.

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Intense suspense; a real thrill ride

This new release by Robert Dugoni is a standalone suspense/legal thriller set in San Francisco in 1987. It is well written and the characters are vivid. In my opinion it is not as good as books in Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series, but I had a difficult time deciding between 4 and 5 stars. The narration brings it down to 4 stars. I highly recommend The 7th Canon. Robert Dugoni writes superb thrillers.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

What bothers me may not bother you

The choice to set this book in 1987 confused me and I didn't find the author consistent in the way he portrayed the time.

I seem to remember that in 1987 the main scandals about catholic priests hadn't really broken yet. (Absolutely things were happening, but the lid hadn't blown off yet.) Sometimes the characters seemed to speak from the perspective of what we know now, and at other times from an '80s perspective. As I write this, I think I realize that the author moved it back because there is no way the church would now allow a lone priest to set up a shelter staffed by just him for underage boy prostitutes. But too many things weren't "down-dated" for me.

And the priest retells the story of St. Paul saying that before his conversion, the then Saul persecuted and even "murdered" Jews. Saul was a Jew!!!! He persecuted Christians!!!! (He was a Roman citizen and claimed the right not to be crucified as such, but he was definitely a Jew.) To me there is no way that even a blue-jean wearing, tattooed priest would get that wrong.

I confess I tunes out once I started noticing these type of things. The story seemed good, but I wish the author had invested in a good substantive editor/researcher, especially after he decided to turn back the clock to 1987.

I don't return many audiobooks, but I'm returning this on.
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- Alice "I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio