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Reasonable Doubt Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 1990

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From Publishers Weekly

A former U.S. prosecutor defends his daughter-in-law, who is accused of beating his son to death. PW called this an "unlikely but entertaining hybrid of Rocky and Presumed Innocent ," although the finale is "flat and disappointing."
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Ex-federal prosecutor Michael Ryan has been estranged from his son Ned for three years when Ned is murdered, bludgeoned to death in the private room of a Soho art gallery. His daughter-in-law, wealthy socialite Jennifer Kneeland Ryan, has been indicted for the crime. Jennifer insists she's innocent and begs her father-in-law to defend her. Though Ryan wants to believe she's guilty, he can't turn her away. He takes the case. And as his ambivalence toward Jennifer intensifies, as the painful truth about his son's life begins to emerge, Ryan realizes that his own life is also on trial -- as a father, as a lawyer, and as a man.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (September 30, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804107491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804107495
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,281,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I picked up this book at the library because an old man, who had heard me talking to my mom about what I had read, told me I would like it. I was a little skeptical about an author I had never heard of, who looked like something out of the 70's. Boy, was I wrong! I got through it in 2 nights, only stopping because I fell asleep. The story starts off slow, but when he gets going, Friedman writes just as well as Grisham and Turow. And the plot is electrifying. Who would have ever thought of a murder victim's father defending the accused, angry daughter-in-law. The end was enough to make me really think. I never would have thought of the real killer. A very good book.
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I picked this book up from the airport store on my way back from the USA, really knowing nothing about the author. When I arrived Buenos Aires I have read the first half of it, and I couldn't wait to reach home to continue my reading!!!Congratulations to Friedman! I have already purchased two more books written by him, by e-mail!
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This book has everything I want in a mystery--human drama, plot twists, surprises, and a hopeful ending--and doesn't have what I don't want--excessive violence. I've enjoyed Kate Wilhelm's courtroom dramas and was glad to find another good author now that I've read them all--Mr. Friedman's plot was even a little more plausible than hers are. I'm looking forward to ejoying more of his books.
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The book starts on the slow end, but it is to set the background and scenario for the story. As it gets going, it really gets going! The courtroom scenes are fantastic, as are the investigations. Anyone who likes procedural and courtroom drama stories will enjoy this.
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After starting and stopping reading several dull, uninteresting novels in a row, I was not hopeful that "Reasonable Doubt" would be better when I picked it up at the bookstore. And I had never heard of the author. From the beginning, this book grabbed me and held me interested til the end. Toward the end I correctly guessed the true villain, which made the book more enjoyable. I would certainly give this book five stars.
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