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

4.6 out of 5 stars 445 customer reviews
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 (445 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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