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A Question of Proof [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Amiel
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From Joseph Amiel, best-selling author of Birthright, Deeds, and Star Time, comes his most compelling work yet. A Question of Proof is a spell-binding and profoundly moving courtroom drama in which a lawyer struggles to defend the woman he loves against the accusation that she murdered her husband. 
Tough and street-smart, Dan Lazar has risen from the working class to become one of Philadelphia's top criminal defenders. But now divorced and badly missing his young son, disillusioned by years of representing vicious criminals, humiliated by the politically ambitious DA's charge that he bribed a witness in a brutal rape-homicide case, Dan is burned out, depressed, and ready to call it quits.

On the surface he would seem to have nothing in common with Susan Boelter, the beautiful and patrician wife of Peter Boelter, who runs the city's dominant newspaper and heads one of its most powerful families. But when Peter deserts her and files for divorce, moving to seize everything that is precious to her, including custody of their thirteen-year-old daughter, Susan turns to a reluctant Dan for help. Suddenly, Peter is found dead. Susan becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Driven by his new-found love for her and by an inner need to defend someone in whose innocence he can truly believe, Dan starts to investigate. He soon discovers a maze of conflicting evidence and of growing doubts and mystery about the woman he thought he knew and loved. And he realizes that the truth he desperately seeks - especially about Peter Boelter's death - depends on finding the answer to a question of proof.

From Philadelphia's courtrooms in City Center to the mansions in its moneyed suburbs, A Question of Proof is the gripping story of one man's internal battle between love and justice and the lengths to which a wealthy family will go to hide its secrets.

Editorial Reviews


"A strong courtroom [drama] that hooks you fast - and pulls you straight through to a knotty, post-courtroom surprise ending...Neat'll never guess who did it." ~Kirkus Reviews
"Joseph Amiel's book stands head & shoulders above other popular 'legal' novels. A Question of Proof is brilliantly crafted from the opening line to the finale. It is the finest suspense novel I've read in years...entrancing. The outcome was a mystery to the last sentence. A masterpiece of suspense! ~Gregg Jarrett, Anchor Fox News Live, Court TV
"Joseph Amiel has another winner! A Question of Proof is a legal thriller, taut with suspense, you won't be able to put it down. ~Barry Reed, author of The Verdict and The Choice

From the Author

It was my wife, her eReader firmly in hand, who first urged me to consider reissuing my novels, so as to reach a new audience who is reading its books in digital formats.

I had not looked inside the pages of any of my books since they were published; they sat on my office shelf as more or less part of the décor. I pulled down a copy of A Question of Proof. Quickly, recollection returned, and I remembered why the book had meant so much to me. A Question of Proof was my fifth novel, and both its writing and the end result had given me great joy. It was the book that had allowed me to marry fully my training as a lawyer with my passion to tell a compelling story. Also, the book's protagonist, Dan Lazar, contains more of me than any of my other characters.

Going back and reading the book turned out to be a gratifying experience. I found the story and the dark mystery at its heart gripping me. Apart from references to events in the book's earlier time frame, the story felt immediate, as if it was happening now, with many of the same problems facing people today that prevailed then. After much contemplation, I decided that moving the novel into the present and adding new material would provide the same immediacy experienced by my original readers. The result is the book you are about to read, which I believe is as exciting and compelling as when it was first published. I hope it gives you the pleasure that has always been my reason for writing.

Joseph Amiel
New York, NY

Product Details

  • File Size: 885 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lambent Publishing LLC; 2 edition (January 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FD5I4C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery Novel July 28, 2012
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I bought this book after receiving a tweet and was wowed by A Question of Proof. This is an absorbing novel with superb writing. Although billed as a suspense mystery, it is much more than that. Amiel has created a fascinating story which evolves from compelling characters in an intriguing predicament. The love story of a couple in tension felt real. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading Star Time, which was excerpted at the end of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down July 25, 2012
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Joe Amiel created a delicious cocktail of greed, betrayal, murder and, oh yes, sex. I was up until 4:00 this a.m. to finish this book because I could not stand the suspense of "who done it" any longer. In this well-crafted novel you won't find out until the very end. The michigas of the cast of fascinating characters makes for a delightful read and the social/historic background Mr. Amiel manages to add, without slowing down the action, gives them solidity and dimension. Can't wait until the Kindle release of his next novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic courtroom crime thriller August 14, 2013
Amiel takes what he knows and writes a crime classic. A seasoned attorney and gifted author, he crafts a who-done-it steeped in courtroom credibility. His characters round out the upper-crust of newspaper publishing. The prosecutor's legal hi-jinks betray questionable motives. The plot seizes your imagination and you ride the mind of the best defense attorney in Philadelphia until the last page. Now that's a thrilling read.

We become defense attorney Dan Lazar. We run scenarios to make the evidence fit. Then Amiel twists the motivations once again. His writing shines until the story sweeps us up. Every building block of the perfect alibi gets crushed by a more plausible scenario. We sit like jurors reshaping the truth until we suspect them all.

The slippery slope of truth is a difficult dance. In Amiel's hands, we are putty. He spins evidence, motives and opportunity into a lethal injection. This is the kind of novel that shows how flat-screen most crime dramas are. As a reader, I praise a story that held me to the last page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious page turner...but smart July 31, 2012
Really great read...exactly what I want out of a courtroom drama. The ending totally got me. I'll stop there not to give anything away, but if you're looking for a good story that keeps you engaged, you found it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Character Conflict in an Engrossing Mystery November 26, 2013
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Dan Lazar is a lawyer with a reputation of defending Philadelphia’s more questionable criminal element, and it is during his high profile defense of a low-level pimp against charges of being a notorious serial rapist-murderer that he is introduced to Peter Boelter, the owner and publisher of the major newspaper, the Philadelphia Herald, and his beautiful socialist wife, Susan. After successfully defending his client by breaking down a key witness, Dan suddenly finds himself the target of a baseless accusation of witness tampering and bribery that threatens his career. Meanwhile, when Susan defies Peter on a stock vote regarding the paper, she is suddenly faced with a devastating divorce suit designed to strip her of any money, child custody or dignity. Susan reaches out to Dan for help and the two become lovers. But after Peter is found dead and evidence begins to point to Susan, Dan faces a conflict of interest in defending a woman he is having an affair with. For the most part, the story is well-written, deeply complex and keeps the reader’s interest in the mystery. There are some unlikely coincidences that are designed to extend the suspense, and at times, the scales of justice are pushed a little too off-balance to create more pressure than necessary, but the main characters’ conflict over truth, justice and desire are well-explored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it October 28, 2013
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Never anything by Mr. Amiel, enjoyed all the twists in the story. Very well put together, I'll search for more of this work to read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Expected October 2, 2013
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Defintely my type of story. Quck and easy ordering and ready to read when I want it. A perfect read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! January 4, 2013
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I enjoyed this book a lot and look forward to the next one.
Nothing like a good mystery especially on a rainy day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Boring, Boring!
Published 25 days ago by Francis P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller
Nice thorough plot, great ending, hard to put down. Highly entertaining read. A must for all legal drama enthusiasts. Cheers!
Published 1 month ago by Robert Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
like all of his books this one has a rich story and well-developed characters.
Published 2 months ago by Vaughan K. Poyner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book but I love all of his books
Published 4 months ago by S. Lever
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite page turner
I really liked this book and bought another book by this author as soon as I finished this book. Good plot twists and turns. Don't start the book at night unless it is early.
Published 5 months ago by KimD
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story and good writing
This was a good book. The story moved along and the characters were believable and entertaining. My guess of the murderer was right in the end but the story had so many twists and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda
2.0 out of 5 stars Not ready for prime time.
Uneven writing, some just plain terrible. For example, the author describes a sharp-edged blunt instrument. That's an oxymoron. Read more
Published 7 months ago by metzmatt
1.0 out of 5 stars Sleazy trashy garbage
Couldn't finish this filth. This author has such nonexistent talent that he has to write a vulgar book to make up for his inadequate ability to produce something worthwhile. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it won't be the last. For those that love being on the side of the defense in courtroom drama you will love this book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SJE
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor editing and story
I am not done with the book, and I am not sure I can finish it. It jumped from first person using the defense lawyer to first person of the jilted rich woman and back, and now we... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Chile Chica
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