Friday, February 21, 2014

A Criminal Defense by Steven Gore

"What kind of idiot pleads to a life sentence? The smart move would've been to roll the dice. You never know what a San Francisco jury will do?"

Posted for The Friday 56, which is hosted by Freda's Voice

Title: A Criminal Defense
Author: Steven Gore
ISBN: 9780062025074
Publisher: Harper, Mass Market Paperback/2013
Pages: 352

Mark Hamlin, is found murdered gruesomely. He had the reputation of being a corrupt lawyer who intimidated witnesses, suborned perjury, laundered money and destroyed evidence.The way he is murdered, it is difficult to say if he was a victim of murder or of a sexual encounter gone bad. Former detective Harlan Donnally is assigned the case. As Donnally investigates, he finds himself drawn into unknown mystery. He starts to  ponder over the deceits of Hamlin. Then the reader is shown the inner workings of, the justice system which is somehow filled with intricate lies and betrayals. 

The beginning is good. In the middle it dragged quite a lot. There were too many red herrings. But the novel holds interest towards the end. 

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I am trying to catch up with my 2013 reviews....

10 comments:

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

That's a great excerpt!

My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/02/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_21.html

Ruty B. said...

WOw the characters speaking there has some personality :)
Great choice
Thanks for stopping by
Ruty@THE FRIDAY 56

cmoh said...

I'm sorry this wasn't a great book. It sounded like it would be and that excerpt is intriguing. I'll keep watching your blog for good book recommendations.

Bea said...

Heh, forceful speaker there, good choice!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love a good murder mystery. Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY POST

Juli Rahel said...

I do believe you should never admit to a crime you didn't commit because it's almost impossible to withdraw something like that! It sounds like a good book though, I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a good weekend!
my Friday post
Juli @ Universe in Words

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds like a good thriller. Happy reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Interesting excerpt. I like the San Francisco setting.
Here's the link to my Friday post: CAKE.

Art @ Home said...

I love San Francisco! Great Friday 56 quote, and truer words were probably never written. You probably could take a chance with a San Francisco jury!

Sorry you were disappointed in the book. Mine was bad this week, too (or at least one of them).

xo,
Ricki Jill

fredamans said...

Sounds like one that might not be for me, unless in the mood for dragged out suspense.
Decent snippet though and always a delight to read your thoughts.

Happy weekend Gautami!