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Special Circumstances (Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller Book 1) (original 2000; edição 2008)

por Sheldon Siegel (Autor)

Séries: Mike Daley (1)

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Introducing an electrifying new voice in legal fiction--in a phenomenal thriller unlike anything you've read before... Debut author Sheldon Siegel bursts into the legal arena with a riveting courtroom drama, exposing the world of big-time law firms and lawyers in a sharp-witted, wonderfully sardonic page-turner of a novel. Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. Ex-husband. And as of yesterday, ex-partner at Simpson & Gates, one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up a private practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder. Daley has his first client--and is instantly catapulted into a high-profile case involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him. The victims are one of Simpson & Gates's most powerful partners and a beautiful young associate. There's a suicide note on the partner's computer, but neither the police nor the ambitious district attorney believe it's authentic--and they think the man they've arrested is the killer. It's up to Mike Daley to prove them wrong, but time is very short. As Daley prepares his case, he begins to uncover the firm's dirtiest secrets--and dirty they are--but he also discovers that his friend, too, has a lot to hide. Even as the trial is under way, Daley and his investigators are still frantically digging for evidence that will clear their client. Against a chorus of morning press reports and nightly TV commentaries picking apart each day's session, Daley comes to realize that ambition, politics, greed, and long-standing grudges will play just as important a role in the outcome as truth and justice. This is the real world of law practice at work, and it's as ruthless as it is startling. Brilliantly paced, witty, crackling with energy and suspense, Special Circumstances not only brings us to a stunning denouement; it zestfully reminds us why we love to hate lawyers--but can't get enough of courtroom drama when it's done this well. In a stunning turn of events, Daley's best friend, an ex-colleague, is charged with the double murder of two lawyers at the old firm and asks Daley to defend him.  Cobbling together a defense team composed of himself, his ex-wife, and a onetime courtroom fixture named Mort Goldberg who's been wished on him against his better judgment, Daley finds he's got more to defend than his friend's innocence. The newly elected media-hungry District Attorn- ey, also a former colleague, will prosecute the case himself.  As court is called into session, it becomes clear that in this trial ambition, honor, friendship, greed, and longstanding grudges will play as important a role as truth and justice. Rarely has a legal thriller debut so accurately depicted not only the inner workings of the legal system but the crack-ling energy it takes to build and defend a felony case. In SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES author Sheldon Siegel reminds us why we love to hate lawyers -- but can't get enough of courtroom drama when it's done this well. -->… (mais)
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Título:Special Circumstances (Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller Book 1)
Autores:Sheldon Siegel (Autor)
Informação:Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc. (2008), 469 pages
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I love legal novels (hate to call them thrillers since they don't seem to reach that level of stimulation.) Especially those that focus on legal technicalities and niceties, relationships between lawyers and clients, and those that have lots of courtroom dialogue. This one succeeds on all counts. It's often acerbic and satirical at times and that adds to the enjoyment.

I could detail the plot, but I'm too eager to move to the second in the series. ( )
  ecw0647 | Jul 11, 2020 |
Another exciting new author!! Special Circumstance is Sheldon Siegel's first novel. Mike Daley gets fired from his stuff huge law firm and he's not really unhappy about it. Plus, the very day he's fired, the most profitable partner and an associate are murdered in the office. Not his problem, until his best friend - and really only lawyer friend - in the firm is charged with the murder. This story moves along really well and is captivating. The characters are quite interesting and credible. I sure hope he's working on another. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
This novel was Sheldon Siegel's first legal thriller published in February 2000. As a reader that loves legal thrillers I'm surprised that I only learned of this author recently. There are currently 10 novels in this series and I'm ready to read them all.

Mike Daley has been fired at year-end from a prominent San Francisco law firm. He had already decided to set up his own firm (renting office space from another attorney who is also his ex-wife) but he never expected his first major client to be a friend and former colleague charged with murder of 2 individuals - a man and a woman. The prosecution may call this case special circumstances by legal definition. For Mike, the special circumstances that seem almost inconceivable is the setting of the alleged murder is at his old law firm and as the attorney of record and ex-priest he'll be defending a rabbi's son.

As I kept turning pages I continued to vacillate my prediction for guilty or not guilty. I made my final prediction and was correct but the clues to motive escaped me. If you enjoy legal thrillers I'd recommend adding this author/title to your tbr list. I'm looking forward to reading Mike Daley's next case. ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Jan 27, 2020 |
I plodded through this book but about halfway through, I was no longer interested in "whodunit". The characters, including Mike Dailey weren't that interesting to me. Maybe it was just too many lawyers. I was convinced that Joel actually did the murders and the actual murderer came out of nowhere. There weren't even any hints. The courtroom scenes were too long and repetitive. I won't continue this series. ( )
  bcrowl399 | May 14, 2018 |
In Sheldon Siegel's debut courtroom thriller we meet Mike Daley. He's a former priest and a former public defender. He's just been asked to leave his a job as a partner in a prestigious law firm for not bringing in enough business. His last obligation is to attend the going away function that's been planned and picking up his final draw, which he needs to open his new criminal defense firm. The next day two of his former partners are found dead, and Mike's best friend, also a firm partner, is accused of their murders. Now Mike's first case is high profile and high risk. The new District Attorney, and coincidentally one of their former partners, has asked charged Joel with Murder in the First Degree with Special Circumstances, which carries the death penalty.

Mike Daley and his ex-wife Rosie are interesting characters who engage in lots of witty banter. The courtroom scenes are quick paced and believable. The new district attorney, Prentice Gates III (Skipper), is everything we love to hate in lawyers. There was lots of action, twists and turns, and some surprises at the end. If you are a fan of courtroom thrillers, I highly recommend this one. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
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Introducing an electrifying new voice in legal fiction--in a phenomenal thriller unlike anything you've read before... Debut author Sheldon Siegel bursts into the legal arena with a riveting courtroom drama, exposing the world of big-time law firms and lawyers in a sharp-witted, wonderfully sardonic page-turner of a novel. Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. Ex-husband. And as of yesterday, ex-partner at Simpson & Gates, one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up a private practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder. Daley has his first client--and is instantly catapulted into a high-profile case involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him. The victims are one of Simpson & Gates's most powerful partners and a beautiful young associate. There's a suicide note on the partner's computer, but neither the police nor the ambitious district attorney believe it's authentic--and they think the man they've arrested is the killer. It's up to Mike Daley to prove them wrong, but time is very short. As Daley prepares his case, he begins to uncover the firm's dirtiest secrets--and dirty they are--but he also discovers that his friend, too, has a lot to hide. Even as the trial is under way, Daley and his investigators are still frantically digging for evidence that will clear their client. Against a chorus of morning press reports and nightly TV commentaries picking apart each day's session, Daley comes to realize that ambition, politics, greed, and long-standing grudges will play just as important a role in the outcome as truth and justice. This is the real world of law practice at work, and it's as ruthless as it is startling. Brilliantly paced, witty, crackling with energy and suspense, Special Circumstances not only brings us to a stunning denouement; it zestfully reminds us why we love to hate lawyers--but can't get enough of courtroom drama when it's done this well. In a stunning turn of events, Daley's best friend, an ex-colleague, is charged with the double murder of two lawyers at the old firm and asks Daley to defend him.  Cobbling together a defense team composed of himself, his ex-wife, and a onetime courtroom fixture named Mort Goldberg who's been wished on him against his better judgment, Daley finds he's got more to defend than his friend's innocence. The newly elected media-hungry District Attorn- ey, also a former colleague, will prosecute the case himself.  As court is called into session, it becomes clear that in this trial ambition, honor, friendship, greed, and longstanding grudges will play as important a role as truth and justice. Rarely has a legal thriller debut so accurately depicted not only the inner workings of the legal system but the crack-ling energy it takes to build and defend a felony case. In SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES author Sheldon Siegel reminds us why we love to hate lawyers -- but can't get enough of courtroom drama when it's done this well. -->

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