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The Last Witness (Lou Mason Thrillers Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Joel Goldman
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Book Description

What’s it like to be a target for murder? Every step you take, every sigh you make – could be your last. Could you outsmart a desperate killer?

Just as his life has returned to normal, Lou Mason’s surrogate father, Homicide Detective Harry Ryman, arrests his best friend, ex-cop Wilson ‘Blues’ Bluestone, Jr. on murder charges. Mason rolls in like a freight train to defend Blues uncovers dark and terrible secrets – secrets worth killing for. As his investigation closes in on the killer, the hunter becomes the hunted…and all Hell breaks loose.

Lou Mason is back in The Last Witness and this time, it’s personal. Our sexy, brilliant, and flawed trial lawyer unwittingly becomes the sole focus of a brutal killer. Witness this second thrilling installment in the Lou Mason series.

Enter the dangerous and dark world of this fast-paced legal thriller that moves the reader relentlessly through twists and turns to a shocking end.

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Did you miss the other suspense-laden Lou Mason books? Get Motion to Kill, Cold Truth, Deadlocked, and Final Judgment now for non-stop thrills and twists.

If you love the twists, turns, and edge-of-your-seat suspense delivered in John Grisham’s legal thrillers you’ll rave about Last Witness by Joel Goldman.

"Fast, furious and thoroughly enjoyable, The Last Witness is classic and classy noir for our time, filled with great characters and sharp, stylish writing." Jeffery Deaver, author of The Vanished Man and The Stone Monkey

“The Last Witness is an old fashioned, '40s, tough guy detective story set in modern times. There's a lot of action, loads of suspects, and plenty of snappy dialogue. It's a fun read from beginning to end." --Phillip Margolin, author of The Associate and Wild Justice

Joel Goldman has written another fast-paced legal thriller. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late." Sheldon Siegel, author of The Special Circumstances and Criminal Intent

“The Last Witness is a legal thriller written the way criminal law should be practiced: from the gut...one of the premier crime novels of the year." Jeremiah Healy, author of Turnabout and Spiral

Stunned by the non-stop action and crazy twists in the Lou Mason books? Then you won’t want to miss the 3 Jack Davis Thrillers: Shake Down, The Dead Man, and No Way Out. Oh, and don’t forget to buy Stone Cold, the first in Goldman’s chilling Alex Stone Thriller Series. Clear your schedule … you won’t want to put these down!


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Joel Goldman has written another fast-paced legal thriller. The plotting is tight, the dialogue is realistic and the characters are compelling. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late. --Sheldon Siegel, Author of The Special Circumstances and Criminal Intent

Fast, furious and thoroughly enjoyable, The Last Witness is classic, and classy, noir for our time, filled with great characters and sharp, stylish writing. We better see more Lou Mason in the future. --Jeffery Deaver,author of The Vanished Man and The Stone Monkey

The Last Witness is an old fashioned, 40s, tough guy detective story set in modern times and starring a lawyer named Lou Mason instead of a private eye named Sam Spade. Theres a lot of action, loads of suspects, and plenty of snappy dialogue. Its a fun read from beginning to end. --Phillip Margolin, author of The Associate and Wild Justice

About the Author

I'm in my fifth decade as a fourth generation Kansas Citian. I spent twenty-eight years as a trial lawyer and plan to spend at least as many as a writer. I started writing when one of my law partners complained about another and I suggested we write a murder mystery, kill the SOB off in the first chapter and spend the rest of the book figuring out who did it. So I did. Read the rest of the story on my website at www.joelgoldman.com.

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  • File Size: 876 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
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  • Publisher: ADM Enterprises, LLC (July 17, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel Time: The Last Witness August 5, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is very hard for an author to duplicate the power of the first novel. Sometimes the author can, and on rare occasion, exceed the first book. Joel Goldman certainly has managed to do so in this new sequel to his very enjoyable first book, Motion To Kill. As always, I recommend that any interested readers read the first book, which is mentioned occasionally in this sequel. Kansas City trial lawyer Lou Mason as well as most of the other characters are back in this novel. This time Lou Mason has to defend his friend, mentor and landlord, Wilson "Blues" Bluestone who has been accused of murdering Jack Cullan.
Jack Cullan was the mayor's lawyer as well as the political fixer for the powers that be as well as anyone else with enough need and money in Kansas City. Rumor had it that he had files on everyone in town and could have taught J. Edgar Hoover a thing or two in that area. When Cullan is found dead after a violent conformation with Blues in the bar Blues' owns, suspicion naturally falls on Blues.
But suspicion had lots of help and Blue and Lou realize a complex frame is underway. Not only does Lou have to fight Blues' case in court, he also has to stay alive on the wintry streets of Kansas City as various forces, for their own clashing reasons, seek to stop him one way or the other.
Once again, Joel Goldman weaves an interesting complex tale of intrigue, deceit and murder with the occasional dry humorous comment about the world and the legal profession. Unlike John Grisham, Joel Goldmoon, does not ever mount the soap box to lecture the reader on the evils of the legal profession and does not allow the occasional side comment to interfere with the flow of a good story. Tight writing, plenty of action and a very good twisting mystery puzzle make this another great book of his to read. With two done and two more featuring Lou Mason on the way, he soon should supplant Grisham at his own game and does it by writing a simply better book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grisham Meets Connelly July 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Joel Goldman's LAST WITNESS deftly avoids the sophomore slump with this blistering, Edgar-nominated thriller featuring Kansas City attorney Lou Mason that will make you forget there was ever another literary lawyer named Mason. Like Motion To Kill, this is a knock-out, defining a new genre: the legal crime thriller. Think Grisham meets Connelly and you've got Goldman.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably entertaining but highly forgettable February 26, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Kansas City trial attorney Lou Mason is asked to defend an old friend, ex-cop Wilson "Blues" Bluestone who is accused of murdering a local political bigwig, Jack Cullan. The police feel they have a slam dunk case and are no longer actively investigating it. Therefore, Mason must investigate it himself to set his friend free. Pursuing the truth, however, takes him into contact with some unsavory characters and Mason soon sees his own life in danger.
One of the problems any mystery writer who is writing a story about an amateur detective must overcome is the justification for their character's investigation. What must also be addressed is why should their investigation prove any more successful than the police investigation? Joel Goldman accomplishes this in two ways. First, the police feel they have the murderer and stop the investigation. However, more importantly, he makes the politics such that corruption is the true culprit behind Blue's arrest and the corrupt officials shut the investigation down. Joel Goldman is a trial lawyer. With his main character also a trial lawyer, I was expecting a good solid legal thriller. A strong courtroom scene can add impact and another layer to the story. Instead we have a reasonably well told amateur detective story of no real significant worth. The story appears padded and the competently created characters are a bit too numerous. (A character list at the beginning might have helped.) This is a reasonably entertaining but highly forgettable mystery novel and, in actuality, a disappointing Edgar nominee.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Robuster May 1, 2012
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It has been a few years since I have read a GOOD legal thriller.I moved on to fantasy and other genres.After devouring the fantasy world I found myself needing something different.So I went back to my old stomping grounds.I was surprised to find so much new talent.This book caught my interest and I purchased it.Lou Mason is a guy caught between the man he would like to be and the one he is.The law he practices and the laws he willing to break to find the truth.In this installment his friend Blues, finds himself arrested for murder.Lou runs to his defense.The only way to get Bluestone off is to find the real killer.Very little court room antics are played out in this thriller.,more detective work then anything else.The story is set in Kansas City in the middle of winter,a nice change from L.A. or new York City were most of these types of book is set.Lou finds himself up against old time politics,a fixer that has got himself murdered,a woman who has a past with some kinky pictures and little or no control of her inner demons and a very interesting reporter(newspaper woman) who has No interest in men.Mr. Goldman has blended all these characters together to create a novel that is very entertaining that has twist and turns to keep the most jaded reader interested.Very good work.I hope that Mr. Goldman can keep these books fresh and interesting,that he let's Lou grow as a man and a attorney.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Story
I'll have to go back and read the first two books. I chose this book at random and was happy with my choice. This was an exciting story that held my interest throughout. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jack Finch
4.0 out of 5 stars I like Joel Goldman's books but some are better than others
It was interesting but the story was prolonged and it didn't need be. There were some exciting parts so that's why I gave it a four-star review. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Page Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Mason Series Are The Best!!
Love Joel Goldmans character Lou Mason. Hate to take a break from reading. All the characters have so much personality, just love them.
Published 23 days ago by Brenda Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the story line
Really enjoyed the story line. Well written and easy to follow. Liked the little suprised that kept me thinking things would happen in a different way. What happened to Mickey?
Published 1 month ago by jacky payton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
as good as his first book. Lou Mason is a great protagonist .
Published 1 month ago by John J. & Paula E. Goggin III
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed both of them
This is the second book of Joel Goldman's I have read, I really enjoyed both of them. I am a better reader than I am a writer so don't hold it against the Author. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cathey A. Ellsworth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Grest book with plenty of action and suspense .
Published 1 month ago by Charles Ramsey
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as any John Sanford or Lawrence Block
I am hooked on Lou Mason and his whole entourage... Blues, Micky, and a cast of folks from Kansas City.
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Joel Goldman writes crime thrillers to die for. He's the Edgar and Shamus nominated author of three riveting thriller series.

Trial lawyer Lou Mason is a powerful, sexy man, more than six feet of hard muscle and once a keen rugby player. He's loyal and principled, both to a fault. His wry, sarcastic sense of humor and knack for top class banter are disarming, sometimes obscuring a recklessly brave spirit. Passionate about justice, he dives into the dark water, taking on cases others lawyers would run away from.

In Jack Davis' world only liars, drunks and guilty people shake uncontrollably. Then he joins their ranks. After 25 years as an FBI Special Agent, Jack is forced to retire because a mysterious movement disorder that makes him shake, sometimes bending him in half, sometimes strangling his speech. The cause and cure are unknown and Jack's condition colors his entire life. So much so that it ends his FBI career. In his new guise of part time private detective, he can't predict when the shakes will start... he just knows they will. Most of the time he just hopes he isn't holding a gun when it happens because crooks and killers don't give anyone a break.

Alex Stone is a Public Defender, devoted to representing people charged with a crime who can't afford a lawyer. More often than not, her clients and cases are lost causes. But the dismal odds only encourage her. Long, lean, and ropy from years of early-morning workouts, she knows only one way to live and one way to try a case: bear down and go all out.
She's determined to give her indigent clients the same measure of justice the rich and well bred receive. That's what everyone, guilty or innocent, highborn or low, deserves, and that's why she became a public defender. That higher calling matters more than whether her clients are guilty or innocent. But when the system fails to deliver justice, she makes certain justice is done.

If you like heroes you can care about, believe in and root for, you'll love Lou Mason, Jack Davis and Alex Stone. If you like crime thrillers with riveting suspense, jaw dropping twists and page-turning action, you'll love Joel Goldman's novels.


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