From Publishers Weekly
At the start of bestseller Dugoni's fast-paced second legal thriller to feature Seattle attorney David Sloane (after The Jury Master
), the plaintiff's lawyer, who's won an astonishing 18 jury verdicts in a row, agrees to take on a wrongful-death claim with a strong emotional tug. Beverly Ford, the widow of a national guardsman killed during the second Iraq War, is convinced her husband perished as a result of inadequate body armor. Sloane soon learns that established case law makes the prospect of victory over the federal government practically impossible. When the lawyer discovers that other members of Ford's platoon have died under strange circumstances since returning to the U.S., he begins to suspect a conspiracy to conceal the truth. While Dugoni does a good job of conveying litigation tactics, predictable situations—Sloane's crusade endangers his wife and stepson—are a reminder that the author's forte is page-turning action, not imaginative plotting. (Apr.)
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David Sloane, the hotshot lawyer hero of Dugoni’s first novel, Jury Master (2006), returns. Now living in Seattle with his wife and stepson, he finds that his ability to win difficult cases has not diminished. When the widow of a man who died in Iraq asks him to take her case, Sloane can’t refuse, even though no one has ever successfully sued the U.S. government for wrongful death during a time of war and won. Facing impossible odds, Sloane starts to investigate, slowly unraveling a conspiracy that will threaten him and everyone he loves. Dugoni has improved dramatically since his first book, and this one is his best yet, mixing the suspense of a Grisham legal thriller with the political angle of a Baldacci. Dugoni is knocking on the A-list legal-thriller door and can be expected to gain entrance sooner rather than later. --Jeff Ayers