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The 7th Canon Paperback – 27 September 2016
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A riveting legal thriller from Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave.
In San Francisco’s seamy Tenderloin district, a teenage street hustler has been murdered in a shelter for boys. And the dedicated priest who runs the struggling home stands accused. But despite damning evidence that he’s a killer―and worse―Father Thomas Martin stands by his innocence. And attorney Peter Donley stands with him.
For three years Donley has cut his legal teeth in his uncle’s tiny, no-frills firm, where people come before profits. Just as Donley is poised to move on to a lucrative dream job, the shocking case lands in his lap, and he must put his future on hold while putting his courtroom skills to the test. But a ruthless DA seeking headlines and a brutal homicide cop bent on vengeance have their own agendas. Now, as he unearths the dirty secrets surrounding the case, Donley must risk his neck to save his client’s life…and expose the face of true evil.
“The 7th Canon delivers on everything it promises, a courtroom thriller extraordinaire that successfully harvests every staple of the genre while plowing plenty of new ground in the process. A stunning achievement from a writer destined to become a household name.” ―Providence Journal
“Dugoni has given the reader another gem of a story, full of action-packed scenes, intelligent plotlines, and very real characters.” ―Suspense Magazine
“Robert Dugoni delivers plenty of mystery and courtroom antics in his latest high-stakes legal thriller. The courtroom scenes are top-notch, but even better are the pages dedicated to the investigation.” ―Book Spy
“Readers of the Tracy Crosswhite series will appreciate Dugoni’s trademark talent for weaving together multiple storylines, while newcomers will delight in his male protagonist, a man who, like Tracy, has his own secrets with painful ties to the case at hand.” ―Bookreporter
“In The 7th Canon, 1980’s San Francisco comes to life as Dugoni crafts a page-turning thriller with flawed heroes and a deep knowledge of his subject.” ―Authorlink
Praise for Robert Dugoni
“John Grisham move over.” ―Seattle Times
“Dugoni has put the thrills back in the genre.” ―Nelson DeMille
“Dugoni [is] the undisputed king of the legal thriller.” ―Providence Journal
“Scott Turow fans should add Dugoni to their list of must-reads.” ―Library Journal
About the Author
Robert Dugoni is the author of the bestselling Tracy Crosswhite series (My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath, and In the Clearing) as well as the critically acclaimed David Sloane series (The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction). He’s been ranked number one on Amazon’s list of most popular authors in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, and Italy, and he has been a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller multiple times. Dugoni was nominated twice for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction and for the International Thriller Award. My Sister’s Grave won the 2015 Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and was named one of the best thrillers of 2014 by Library Journal and Suspense Magazine. Dugoni’s nonfiction exposé, The Cyanide Canary, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and the Providence Journal referred to him as “the undisputed king of the legal thriller” and “heir to Grisham’s literary throne.” Visit his website at www.robertdugoni.com and follow him on Twitter at @robertdugoni and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorRobertDugoni.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (27 September 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 333 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503939421
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503939424
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 45,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is fast paced, but is laced with humour that enhanced the characters rather diminishing the awful crime that is unfolding. A really intriguing stand alone novel from an author who is a great story teller.
We meet Peter Donley who works in his uncle's chaotic practice with the Catholic diocese as his main paying client. Because his uncle has a heart attack Peter is thrust into the case. Peter has demons from his childhood that he hasn't come to grips with. And he is considering leaving the practice for a more lucrative job with a more prestigious firm with the blessing of his uncle. But Peter Donley believes the priest and invokes the 7th cannon of law that he will try as hard as possible for his client.
The DA is looking for a headline case to seal his elevation to Governor as was his father before him. The homicide cop who made the arrest has his own agenda and has put the case in doubt because of his evidence collection. Peter has never conducted a homicide case and has a lot of reading even to know the procedure. But he is highly intuitive and has good friends who provide some trails for him to follow.
Peter has no idea when he starts what he is up against and its evil nature. To win the case he has to track down the real killer which leads into a dangerous world. He must also confront his own demons and motives.
The story is well written with a few little niggles every now and again. It maintains a furious pace as there is a time limit set by the judge and it is over the Christmas period. Robert starts to reveal the answers to the riddles as the story progresses but are they a false trail? Close to the end we start to see the depth of some of the relationships and the possible solution only to find another layer. Finally at the end we have a action packed chase and denouement. We see justice done but have we? Read it and see if you are able to guess the ending. Good luck
Robert has excelled in this multi strand story. He is realistic in his descriptions and provides great characterisations. Good description of court room tactics. Peter's internal struggles are well described and provide an effective counter point to the evil without.
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A priest, who has set up a safe haven for young troubled males, is accused of murdering one of the young men. Peter Donley has been tasked with defending the priest, in the absence of his uncle Lou- mainstay of a legal firm. There’s so much more going on than meets the eye. The storyline involves corruption, blackmail and other murders. Donley is helped by Frank Ross an ex police officer turned private investigator.
The characterisation is very good and the plot ticks along- not mega exciting but certainly engaging.
Having read this, I would read more by Dugoni.
I thorougly enjoyed it and thought the plot and characters were most realistic.
I didn't rate the previous example, but this may well tempt me to try others.