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Murder One: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2012

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Book 4 of 5 in the David Sloane Series

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“Dugoni has done it again!” —Lisa Gardner


“DUGONI’S FINEST BOOK TO DATE.” —Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Robert Dugoni has practiced as a civil litigator in San Francisco and Seattle for seventeen years. In 1999 he left his law practice to write full time. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times before obtaining his doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. A two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest, he lives with his wife and two children in the Pacific Northwest.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451606702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451606706
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series : My Sister's Grave, Her Final Breath (September 2015) and In the Woods (May 2016). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed, David Sloane series: The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One and The Conviction. Connect with him on Facebook @AuthorRobertDugoni and on Twitter @robertdugoni

Dugoni has twice been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction, was a 2015 International Thriller Writer's finalist for thriller of the year, and the 2015 winner of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction. His books are sold world-wide in more than 20 countries and have been translated into a dozen languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Dugoni was born in Idaho and raised in Northern California the middle child of a family of ten siblings. His mother fostered a love of books and Dugoni jokes that he didn't get much of a chance to talk, so he wrote. By the seventh grade he knew he wanted to be a writer.

Dugoni wrote his way to Stanford University, receiving writing awards along the way, and majored in Communications/Journalism and Creative Writing while working as a reporter for the Stanford Daily. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and worked briefly as a reporter in the Metro Office and the San Gabriel Valley Office of the Los Angeles Times.

Dugoni attended the UCLA law school and practiced law for 13 years in San Francisco. His longing to return to writing never wavered, however, and in 1999 he awoke one morning and made the decision to quit law and write novels. On the 4-year anniversary of his wedding day, keeping a promise to his wife, he drove a u-haul trailer across the Oregon-Washington border and settled in Seattle to pursue his dreams.

For the next three years, Dugoni worked daily in an 8 foot by 8 foot windowless office in Pioneer Square to complete three novels, winning the 1999 and 2000 Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference Literary Contests.

Dugoni's first novel, The Jury Master, followed and became a New York Times bestseller. Deadly Pleasures mystery magazine chose The Jury Master as one of three "Best of the Best" debut novels of 2006 and the Seattle Times likened Dugoni to a young John Grisham, calling The Jury Master, "A riveting tale of murder, skullduggery and treachery at the highest level."

Dugoni's second novel, Damage Control, reached number 8 on several national independent bookseller's lists. Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal called Damage Control "a page turner" with "a fast moving plot and a few twists that will surprise even seasoned thriller readers."

Wrongful Death, Dugoni's second novel featuring Dugoni's popular protagonist, David Sloan, received critical acclaim. Kirkus called it, "An entertaining thriller about a hotshot lawyer with good guys to like, villains to hiss, and windmills to attack.." And Booklist wrote, "Mixing the suspense of a Grisham legal thriller with the political angle of a Baldacci. Dugoni is knocking on the A-list thriller door."

June 2010, Dugoni released his third in the David Sloane series, Bodily Harm, which Library Journal chose as one of the top five thrillers of 2010. The Providence Rhode Island Journal wrote that Bodily Harm branded Dugoni as "The undisputed king of the Legal Thriller."

Dugoni's fourth in the series, Murder One, was released June 2011 and hailed as a cross between Presumed Innocent and Basic Instinct. Publisher's Weekly called it "the best yet in the series" and Library Journal again chose it as one of the top five thrillers of 2011. The Miami Examiner wrote, "Dugoni should be cloned." It was a finalist for the prestigious Harper Lee Award given by the University of Alabama School of Law and American Bar Association.

The Conviction, the fifth in the David Sloane series was released June 2012 and again received critical acclaim. The Associated Press wrote, "The names John Grisham and Scott Turow are mentioned when discussing the legal thriller genre. Robert Dugoni is as good, if not better." TheProvidence Rhode Island Journal agreed. "The Conviction isn't just the best legal thriller of the year, it's one of the best thrillers period."

Dugoni's first in the Tracy Crosswhite series, My Sister's Grave (Nov. 2014), became a months-long #1 Amazon Bestseller as well as a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller and won the 2014 Nancy Pearl Award for fiction. Library Journal gave it a Starred Review and said it "Combines the best of a police procedural with a legal thriller, and the end result is outstanding...Dugoni continues to deliver emotional and gut-wrenching, character-driven suspense stories that will resonate with any fan of the thriller genre."
Crosswhite, Seattle's First Female Homicide detective is on a twenty-year quest to find out who abducted and murdered her younger sister. The answer will shock her, and open horrifying new dangers.

The sequel, Her Final Breath, will be released September 2015. Look for the short story prequel, The Academy, a free Amazon download.

For more on Robert Dugoni and his novels, visit his website at

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bill Weinberger on June 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Robert Dugoni's latest David Sloane legal thriller is actually more of a mystery than a thriller. But that isn't a bad thing. The author is in top storytelling form, weaving a complex plot that has the reader turning pages and trying to guess whodunit right up to the very end.

In previous novels, Sloane has gone up against government and corporate conspiracies with long arms and deep pockets that threaten his life and the lives of the people he cares about. There seemed to be dangers at every turn. Now, a year after his wife was murdered by someone involved in one of those cases, he goes back to work and tries to get back to living.

Before he knows it, he's romantically involved with Barclay Reid, another lawyer and former adversary. She's accused of murdering a drug kingpin she blames for the tragic overdose death of her daughter. Sloane is put in the position of defending her in a criminal case, something he's never done. As the investigation unfolds, all of the evidence indicates that Barclay is guilty. Sloane and his private investigator friend Charles Jenkins struggle to make the all the pieces fit and find the real killer. At least this time the adversaries are straight-shooting cops and the legal system and some uncooperative witnesses. Sloane's heart and integrity are on the line, even if his life is not.

Murder One is a fine addition to the David Sloane series. Dugoni has filled it with colorful characters and local details that add life and depth to what might otherwise have been a dry police procedural. Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
MURDER ONE is the fourth novel starring David Sloane, the attorney who does not lose, and is a strong addition to the series. Whether you prefer your fiction to be driven by character or by plot, Robert Dugoni serves up ample portions of both, to make this by far his strongest book to date.

It kicks off with Sloane, fresh off a three-month sabbatical for a recharge of his emotional, physical and spiritual batteries following the devastating murder of his wife. While attending a charitable function as the keynote speaker, he encounters Barclay Reid, who was opposing counsel in Sloane's most challenging case. Reid herself is still reeling from a tragedy: the death of her teenage daughter from a drug overdose. Filyp Vasiliev, the Russian drug trafficker who was the source of the narcotics, inexplicably walked away as a free man after a recent trial; Reid, in reaction, is now on a crusade to hold him, and others like him, accountable in civil court.

In spite of --- or maybe because of --- their past adversarial relationship, Sloane finds himself attracted to Reid, aroused in part by the passion for justice he sees in her, which is so much like his own. Things go upside down, though, when Vasiliev is found murdered, execution-style, in his own home. Reid is ultimately arrested for the crime, based upon evidence that is arguably a bit thin but nonetheless convincing. Reid insists that Sloane defend her, an action that he is reluctant to take due to his inexperience in criminal law matters. Nonetheless, backed by a strong office and research staff, Reid prepares for what may well be the most important case of his career: the defense of the woman with whom he is surely falling in love.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Perkins on August 4, 2011
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If you're a fan of legal thrillers, you'll love this book. Well written with excellent characters you truly care about, Dugoni tells a fascinating story with many twists and turns. He gives many clues along the way that could allow you to suspect one person of the murder, and other clues that could allow you to then suspect someone else. The legal story itself is a very interesting one, but what I liked best were the characters. The main character, David, is someone you care about and admire. As someone who had not read previous David Sloan novels, the author explained enough of the past to clarify what needed clarification without retelling past novels. I loved the friendships he had with his investigator Charlie and his wife, Alex. I believe the author also made the romantic interest/defendant, Barclay, someone you couldn't really feel great about but also didn't dislike and, therefore, were never sure about her guilt or innocence. The prosecutor and the detectives seemed very real, all competent and caring professionals, which added to the enjoyment of the story. I am always partial to books with epilogues, so I totally appreciated the way the author tied things up with one while still leaving one important question open. This is my first Dugoni novel, but I'm looking forward to reading all the rest of them. He is truly a gifted author who has written a wonderful novel in "Murder One."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chanticleer Book Reviews on June 1, 2012
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In Murder One, lawyer turned novelist, Robert Dugoni has conjured up an intense page-turner that deftly mixes drama, mystery and suspense that will keep you guessing until its final pages. Dugoni's vivid characters in his novel are marvelously believable, as are the Seattle locales that are described.

The characterizations of David Sloane and Barclay Reid (the central characters) are emotionally multi-dimensional, which makes this novel much more than a "legal thriller." Sloane and Reid are high-profile adversarial Seattle lawyers who have done battle against each other in the courtroom. Both own .38 caliber handguns. He likes his scotch on the rocks and never loses a case. She takes her martini with an olive and refuses to lose a case.

Sloane finds himself attracted to the beautiful and mesmerizing Reid--a woman who will do whatever it takes to satisfy her obsessions and agendas. Yet, aware as he is of his own emotional fragility, he willing slips into her embracing spell. Their fusion is quick--pumping steam into an unusually hot and humid Pacific Northwest September.

Reid focuses her drive and all her resources towards the Russian drug traffickers whom she blames for her daughter's death. Her well-known threats of revenge make her the number one suspect in a Russian drug dealer's murder. Enter Sloane, who takes on the role as her legal defender only to discover that she is a woman of many secrets.

Dugoni masterfully shares his insights into the subtleties of law, often revealing them through the thoughts of David Sloane at work. Dugoni's deep relationship that he shares with his characters is most evident when he puts them on the witness stand.
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