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McMurtrie’s old nemesis, Jack Willistone, is found dead on the banks of the Black Warrior River. Willistone had his share of enemies, but all evidence points to a forgotten, broken woman as the killer. At the urging of the suspect’s desperate fourteen-year-old daughter, McMurtrie agrees to take the case.
But as seasoned as McMurtrie is, even he isn’t prepared for how personal and dangerous this case is going to get. With the trial drawing near and his sharp young partner, Rick Drake, dealing with a family tragedy, he recruits his best friend, Bocephus Haynes, to help investigate.
As key witnesses disappear and old demons return, time becomes McMurtrie’s most fearsome opponent. Soon loyalties will be tested and the boundaries of law will be broken as McMurtrie fights to save his legacy—and his client’s life—before the truth is buried forever in the muddy waters of the Black Warrior.
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By shelley on 05-09-18
Absolutely one of the best legal thrillers!!
This is a wonderful legal series. If you have not listened to the first two books I would suggest listening to them first. This book is a follow up to a previous book in this series.
The protagonist is Tom McMurtrie. He's a former attorney, former law professor who taught most of the lawyers he comes up against since coming out of retirement. He's opened a law office with another former student.
When a woman in town is charged with murder her 14 year old daughter enlists McMurtrie's help. McMurtrie had exposed her perjuries during a trial in one of the previous books Following that trial she lost everything. Now she's accused of the murder of the man convicted in that same trial.
When McMurtrie's partner's father has a fatal accident another prisoner on death row takes credit. He tells McMurtrie that he arranged it from inside. It doesn't end there. The prisoner tells him that he will kill him and everyone important to him. McMurtrie believes he might be capable, especially when others involved start dying.
This is a very well written book. The characters are so well fleshed out. The story is told with very vivid descriptions. It is believable, realistic and fast paced with the tension mounting as the story progresses.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is $1.99!!!!
Eric Dove is the perfect narrator for this book. His southern drawl is great.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!
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By Wayne on 05-11-18
Third McMurtrie & Drake legal thriller
I love legal thrillers especially those with lots of courtroom action. Alabama attorney Robert Bailey delivers once again with The Last Trail which is Book 3 in his McMurtrie & Drake series. Like the first two novels in the series, The Professor and Between Black and White, The Last Trial is outstanding. The protagonist is retired University of Alabama law professor Tom McMurtrie who once again agrees to represent a person charged with murder in a near hopeless case. McMurtrie is suffering from end stage lung cancer and has only months to live. Bocephus Haynes, a former McMurtrie law student, is back from Between Black and White as an investigator since his law license has not been restored. Tom's law partner Rick Drake also plays a significant role. Eric G. Dove again narrates superbly.
The 4th novel in the McMurtrie and Drake series will be titled The Reckoning is scheduled for release on April 23, 2019. I suspect Bo Haynes will likely become series protagonist.
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