About the book:
Losing the trial of his life could mean losing everything.
When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, was Mick’s close friend in law school, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death.
Mick’s played both sides of Philadelphia’s courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he’ll need every one of them to win.
But as the trial progresses, he’s disturbed by developments that confirm his deepest fears. This trial, one that already hits too close to home, may jeopardize his firm, his family—everything. Now Mick’s only way out is to mastermind the most brilliant defense he’s ever spun, one that will cross every legal and moral boundary.
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A Criminal Defense was a book I had on my TBR since March last year, so I figure it was high time I read it and I am so glad I did. It is one of the most clever legal thrillers I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time.
I’m mindful of not giving away too much with this review, because the book is packed with nuggets of information along the way, and I would hate to mention any of them for fear that it gives away something, no matter how small.
Mick McFarland is a defense attorney, and he becomes involved in a case dealing with the murder of a young reporter, which turns out to be the case of his life. Mick is contacted by his old friend David Hanson only hours before the murder, and Hanson is in a world of trouble.
What follows is honestly one of the most riveting trials I have read in a book. There is so much going on that your jaw will be on the floor for most of it. Diversion tactics, supposition and deflection are all in play here. I love legal thrillers, and this one is definitely one of the best I’ve read.
Great characterisation, an excellent plot and thrilling place make A Criminal Defense the perfect read. The author has such skill with how he crafted this book that I found myself flummoxed on more than one occasion. I LOVE that!