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Motion To Kill (Lou Mason Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Only a few months after Lou Mason joins the Kansas City law firm Sullivan & Christenson, the firm's rainmaker and senior partner, Richard Sullivan, turns up dead. At the same time, Lou learns that the attorney general suspects the firm and one of its top clients of fraudulent business dealings. As the newest partner and the one most removed from the scandal, Lou is asked by his old friend and partner, Scot Daniels, to ward off the feds, but he soon finds information that may incriminate Scot and another of the firm's partners. Meanwhile, Sheriff Kelly Holt, a "slap-on-the-cuffs dream come true" beauty who is curiously inept, suspects Mason of Sullivan's murder until someone tries to kill Mason. To prevent further attacks against his person, Mason hires his friend, PI Wilson Bluestone (Blues), to act as his bodyguard. With a hit man on Mason's tail and Blues and Holt providing backup, the action accelerates and the fight scenes multiply. First-time author Goldman does an admirable job of maintaining the novel's high tension, but his apparent contempt for his characters, and for corporate lawyers in general, will distance readers from his protagonists. Nevertheless, Goldman's secondary characters particularly Blues and a twisted hit man add flavor to this mediocre thriller, and a series of fierce action scenes carry the reader toward an electrifying denouement.

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When two of his partners are killed, corruption, sex and murder fill trial lawyer Lou Mason’s docket as he tracks the killer. Will Lou be the next victim? Find out in Motion to Kill.

Electrifying. ---Publishers Weekly

Lots of suspense and a dandy surprise ending. ---Romantic Times

Legal mystery fans will be delighted. ---Nancy Pickard

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  • File Size: 1159 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Character Flaw Press (June 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055I10H4
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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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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Cyndy M. on June 12, 2011
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Originally published in 2002, this new and improved release of Joel Goldman's debut legal thriller introduces attorney Lou Mason in a fast paced mystery that is hard to put down. The legal thrills are not limited to a courtroom but instead focus this top notch spell binder on a cast of characters operating both inside and outside the law. There are no wasted words in Goldman's writing. Each describes and defines a character or the circumstances swirling around them in such a way that the reader is immediately drawn into the action and never released. Witnessing Lou's transition from an upscale law firm to his own solo practice above a jazz bar is intriguing and the cast of characters created in this first in a series leaves a reader wanting more. Fortunately, more books in this series are already available. You can't read just one and they will all leave you waiting for the next.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By David A. Berman on June 12, 2011
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In a rarity on my part, I read this book in one day. Excellently complex first novel with a broad cast of characters that pulled me forward and kept me going; like an onion, layers of plots and subplots are revealed and eventually pull together in a satisfying whole. A real page-turner with plenty of action and many surprising twists and turns along the way driven by the wise-cracking protagonist and a great supporting cast. While not a courtroom novel, we still get a look at back-room deal-makers and the criminal types who have helped mess up the world.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Dean PF on June 12, 2011
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I am absolutely a fan of fiction set in places that I live or places that I've been. I'm new to the Kansas City area and I just think it's the coolest thing to read stories set here in my new city. Whether you live here or not, you get a nice tour of our city, it's landmarks, and a bit of the history surrounding some of our neighborhoods. And it's not forced or contrived, it all fits nicely into the story. As far as the who-done-it goes, Joel Goldman always keeps you guessing and I didn't figure it out until it was revealed in the end. I hate mysteries that make it too obvious who did it (but I love it when I figure it out!).
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Cooper VINE VOICE on June 13, 2011
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Joel Goldman introduces us to Lou Mason, a corporate lawyer turned reluctant detective, in Motion to Kill. Mason is thrust in to the midst of the murder investigation of a senior partner at his law firm after that partner asks him to compromise his ethics. The first murder leads to more murder, attempted murder, beatings, job loss, uncovered secrets, and vandalism among other things. Mason is forced to face a position he'd never dreamed possible - deciding in a split second if he can take another life to save his own. Goldman weaves twists and turns through Motion to Kill that at times leaves the reader wondering if the book is about to end and who can be trusted. Then he jerks, in an engaging way, the reader in another direction opening a whole new line of possibilities for the story to go. Mason's friend, Blue, has a tendency to steal scenes with a quiet, unfaltering ease and confidence that is the perfect counterpoint to Lou's insecurity and tendency to flounder. Goldman leaves the leader satisfied that justice is served but wanting more of Mason and Blue in Motion to Kill.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Read4Life on June 13, 2011
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"Motion to Kill" skillfully tells the story of an attorney caught up in a legal quagmire as he inherits a case from a colleague that has disappeared, but not before sharing some possibly damaging information with attorney Lou Mason. True to form in the legal thriller genre, Mason is something of a hard-drinking lawyer caught up in a case that he didn't particularly want. After attempts are made on his life, he has little choice but to try and unravel the mystery with the help of the local sheriff and an ex-cop. Deciding who he can trust and who's telling the truth becomes the catalyst for a fast-moving plot that keeps the story from lagging. It's refreshing that the author forgoes a long, drawn-out trial scene in exchange for more action and adventure. This is a solid, well-written story that doesn't disappoint.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James Reasoner on June 13, 2011
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A while back I read Joel Goldman's novel NO WAY OUT and really enjoyed it for its twisty plot, fine pace, and interesting characters. Now some of Goldman's earlier novels are being reissued as e-books, and I've had the chance to read one of them, MOTION TO KILL, the first novel featuring attorney Lou Mason as the protagonist.

Despite having the same last name, Lou is no Perry Mason, as one of the other characters actually points out in the novel. He's a corporate attorney handling mostly financial matters, although he did some personal injury work in the past, before he came to work for the firm where he is currently a partner.

One of the firm's clients, a wealthy banker, is the target of an investigation by the U.S. Attorney in Kansas City, where the book is set. The partner who is handling the case turns up dead under suspicious circumstances during a corporate retreat at a lake in the Ozarks. The local sheriff handling the case is a beautiful blonde and a former FBI agent who gets romantically involved with Lou.

Corporate attorney or not, Lou is forced to turn detective when somebody tries to kill him and then several more murders take place. As in the other book of his I read, Goldman does a terrific job of weaving together secrets from the past and double-dealing in the present to create a masterful plot. Even better, though, is the character of Lou Mason, who makes a really likable hero. Lou has a tendency to being a smart-ass, and he's quick-witted and tough enough to untangle the deadly mess in which he finds himself. On top of that throw in a nice job of portraying the Midwest setting, and MOTION TO KILL is a fine book. I'm glad e-book editions of the other Lou Mason novels are in the works, because I plan to read them, too. Highly recommended.
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