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PRIVILEGED WITNESS: A Josie Bates Thriller (The Witness Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Forster
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Grace McCreary swears she tried to stop her sister-in-law from jumping from her penthouse balcony but the police have a different take on the situation. They arrest Grace for murder which puts her brother, Senatorial candidate Matthew McCreary, in a spotlight he doesn't relish. Nor is he thrilled when Grace seeks out his former lover, Josie Baylor-Bates, to act as her defense attorney. Josie, who has sworn off rich clients, agrees to defend Grace but even she isn't sure why. She swears she believes in the woman innocence but in her heart she wants to prove that Matthew made a mistake letting her go.

Stepping back into the world of privilege and power, forced to face her feelings for a man she once loved, Josie is determined to win this case - even if she looses everything she holds dear.

"Living in Los Angeles makes one aware that the rich have a leg up in our legal system. People of privilege have a lot to protect and people they love can be at the end of the list." Rebecca Forster

"Riveting" - USA Today
"Enthralling" - Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

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  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VWKRO4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first two February 18, 2006
By Brad
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Just finished this latest addition to the Witness series and I highly recommend it. It is well written, captivating, and the plot has many twists. I have read all three in the series and this is even better than the first two books (which were outstanding).

I think the characters are well-developed, especially for a series, and they all have flaws, which is a good thing in a novel. The subplots are good and one in particular (I won't spoil things) is very well developed and creates its own suspense.

Josie Bates is one of the most likeable characters I have read and the author makes you sympathetic to her predicaments.

As a lawyer, I can say that the court scenes are vivid and realistic, which isn't always the case in this genre. From a writer's perspective, the scenes and dialogue are nicely constructed. This author knows how to write. If you want a fun and entertaining read, buy this book.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a tangled web her clients do weave February 7, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't put a lot of legal thrillers on my personal reading list, but you'll never find me passing up a Rebecca Forster novel. The mystery and suspense of each Forster whatwhywho-dunnit will keep you flipping the pages relentlessly, but it is the heart and realism of her complex, incredibly human characters (flaws and all) that make Forster such a special writer. You won't find a missive of dry, boring legal fiction here, as Forster's heroine, Josie Baylor-Bates, seems to find herself in one extremely personal case after another. Josie's a remarkable woman - tall, athletic, unyielding, and yet quite vulnerable. In Hostile Witness, she made the case of a troubled young girl (the daughter of an old college friend) accused of murder a personal one - and ended up becoming the legal guardian of the accused. In Silent Witness, she defended the man she loves from a charge of murdering his own step-son, learning many unsettling things about him in the process. You would think that's about as personal as a case can get. You'd be wrong, as Privileged Witness reunites her with her first love, Matthew McCreary, a rising politician whose sister (a sister he had always told Josie was dead) stands accused of murdering Matthew's wife. Such an unwelcome blast from the past is never easy on a person, and that is especially true of this case's effects upon Josie. Privileged Witness explores Josie's character to previously unplumbed depths, making it - in my opinion - the "deepest" of the first three Josie Baylor-Bates novels. I didn't like everything I saw Josie do in this story, yet I could understand her motivations. A lot of authors would just sit back and give such a successful character a free ride, a veritable hero's parade to a brave finish. Read more ›
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Privileged Witness" March 14, 2006
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Ms. Foster has done it again...from her first thriller to the last....she has outdone herself....I think "Privileged Witness" was my favorite....but...I need another one....please
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version has multiple (think MEGA) typos! March 11, 2010
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I haven't yet finished the first book in The Witness series (Privileged Witness - Kindle format) so I can't comment yet on the story itself. I will say that so far I'm enjoying the story line.
At this point, I'm giving it a 3 based on how poorly the Kindle version is written (assuming that the original printed book wasn't this poorly edited, of course!). But, I guess for $1.99, I shouldn't expect much???
Being a former Web site content editor, I cringe when I see some of the goofs I've seen in this version of the book. The mistakes take away the enjoyment of the story for me. I had barely gotten into 20% of the Kindle version of the book when I decided that I would have to write a review -- not for the author's writing (again -- I hope editors didn't allow these errors to go to print!) but for all the typos that were taking away from the pleasure of reading. I'm further along in the story, now, and it's only getting worse.
"It would be a different when the coroner's people had their way with her." (This is at 1%; I assume the word "story" was left out of this sentence.)
"Her brain might fall out and that would be a sad, indeed." (Same page as above; assume the word "thing" was left out.)
As I said, it just gets worse as it goes on. Almost each page has something similar to the above examples.
Tell you what, Amazon: I'm currently out of a job, so if you need someone to transcribe books into the Kindle format, hey -- I'm available!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REBECCA FORSTER GETS BETTER AND BETTER September 20, 2011
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First let me say to go after the star rating of a book because of editing, please. Rate the book, question the editing. Rebecca Forster's Witness Series is on my favoritse list, so far three books read and each one has gotten better. PRIVILEGED WITNESS is an excellent story, keeps you guessing and Josie Baylor-Bates is a great character in the legal/courtroom gendre. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book and the entire series. On to book four.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense at its best! February 7, 2007
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If you haven't read Rebecca Forster's books yet - they are fantastic! If you like James Patterson - you will love her books too! Great characters!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series March 4, 2010
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I sure hope this isn't the end of the series. The characters are becoming family and am curious to see more of them. Great book. Formatting was great on Kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Privileged witness: A Josie Bates Thriller
A great book with many exciting plots. Politicians owe a lot to many people and it's hard to stay fair and honest. I can't wait to read the next book!!!!!!!
Published 2 days ago by vyrw
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book!
Published 2 days ago by sheila jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars A formula that works
‘Privileged Witness’ is Rebecca Forster’s third book in the Josie Bates legal thriller ‘Witness’ series. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Robin Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Fan of This Series
I became a fan of this series after reading the first Josie Bates book and I become a bigger fan after every book I finish. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sarah53121
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book
This book was a real gripper. It had so many turns and stories going all st once, it was impossible to put down until you finished reading.
Published 5 days ago by ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Privileged witness
Very exciting right from the beginning. Will definitely read the full series. Will tell my friends to read. Well written.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good series. Josie is a good lawyer and a ...
This is a really good series. Josie is a good lawyer and a good person. I really disliked Archer after the last book, but he regained some respect in my eyes in this one. Read more
Published 6 days ago by SusieJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 days ago by Jo Dee Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Witness" success.
So far I have not met a "Witness" book by Josie Bates I didn't like. I find the relationships interesting and always developing to a new level and the plots have always... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sarah B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Josie Bates Series is a very exciting group of books!
Published 13 days ago by Ruth
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More About the Author

I marketed a world-class spa when it was still called a gym and did business in China before there were western toilettes at the Great Wall. Then I wrote a book on a crazy dare and found my passion.

Now, I am a USA Today and Amazon best selling author with more than 26 books to my name - and if you ask me where all those words came from I'd be hard pressed to tell you. All I know is that I wake up with a story in my head and go to bed the same way.

I write thrillers with an eye toward the very human element of my characters. The Witness Series follows the lives of attorney Josie Bates, her ward, Hannah, and Josie's lover, Archer. The series was voted #1 in PRG Reviewers Choice for series and Eyewitness was voted #1 in the mystery/thriller genre. I try to push creative boundaries with my non-series books. Before Her Eyes garnered a B&P Readers Choice Award for best mystery.

I have taught at the UCLA Writers Program, UC Irvine and Cal State Long Beach and lecture at writers groups, women's conferences and philanthropic events. I am most proud of the work I do with The Young Writers Conference, a program that helps motivate middle school children to explore the power of words. I am particularly drawn to kids who want to write because both my sons have always had a passion for it. Eric is a playwright and novelist (see Eric Czuleger) and Alex is in film.

When I'm not writing I'm traveling, on a tennis court, working a sewing machine or reading. Thank you so much for taking a look at my author page. You can find out more about me - and leave me a note - at

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