Published By Touchstone
Publish Date: June 7, 2011
Hardcover, US $24.99 384 pages
A year after tragedy, attorney David Sloane has returned to work full time. At a black-tie dinner he reconnects with Barclay Reid, opposing counsel in Sloane's most prominent case. Barclay is suffering from her own personal tragedy after the death of her teenage daughter from a drug overdose. In the aftermath, Barclay has begun an intense crusade against the Russian drug traffickers she holds responsible for her daughter s death, pursuing them with a righteousness that matches Sloane's own zeal for justice. Sloane finds himself drawn to this woman, despite their adversarial past.
When Barclay's crusade stalls and the Russian drug dealer turns up dead, she stands accused of murder and Sloane is her chosen defender. Amidst the swirling media frenzy, in his first criminal case, Sloane finds himself once again in harm s way, while mounting evidence suggests Barclay is a woman with many secrets. And may not be quite as innocent or as in love with Sloane as she purports to be.
With his signature fast-paced, page-turning action, and exhilarating plot twists, Robert Dugoni once again proves why he s so often been named as the heir to Grisham's literary throne.
"I know that when I drag a book around with me everywhere (and I mean everywhere) so that I can read it every free moment, it is a great book. Murder One was that type of book for me. Great character development, a thrilling plot that keeps you guessing until the end, and a likeable main character all come together for an unbelievable combination...Best selling Author Robert Dugoni will keep you in suspense and guessing until the very end."
- Lori Burns, Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA.
"Robert Dugoni shows that he and his main character David Sloan are as at home in a criminal court as they are in a civil one. The courtroom scenes and surprises rival those of Perry Mason. Good police work, terrific legal expertise, and superb character development all contribute to a very believable legal thriller. Dugoni just gets better and better, and I can't wait to see what David Sloan will face next time."
- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee.
Killer Books, Independent Mystery Bookstore Association
" David Slone (Bodily Harm) is slowly rebuilding his life after his wife's murder. He runs into Barclay Reid, a beautiful attorney and an old legal adversary. Reid is also grieving; her daughter died from a drug overdose. They start dating, but Reid is obsessed with the man she believes caused her daughter's death, so when he gets off on a technicality, Reid decides to go after him via a civil suit with the famous "Jury Master" himself, Slone, as her new lawyer. The romance flourishes until the drug kingpin ends up dead, and Reid is arrested for his murder. Slone reluctantly tackles her defense, his first time in a criminal courtroom, but Reid isn't always forthcoming, and Slone finds his case unraveling. After his investigator uncovers some troubling evidence, the suspense really ratchets up a notch until the final, surprise ending. VERDICT Tight plotting and well-developed characters push Dugoni to the head of the legal thriller pack in what is probably his finest book to date. John Grisham and Scott Turow fans should add Dugoni to their list of must-reads. "
-Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL
Library Journal."Dugoni continues to deliver the legal-thriller goods with his latest David Sloane novel. Still reeling from the death of his wife in Bodily Harm (2010), Seattle attorney Sloane finds unexpected comfort in Barclay Reid, a female lawyer with whom he has sparred in court. Barclay's daughter died of a drug overdose years earlier, and, since then, she has made it a crusade to convict drug traffickers. One of the biggest, Filyp Vasiliev, gets off on a technicality. Soon, he's found murdered, and the evidence leads the police first to Sloane and then Reid. The thrills and surprises fly as Sloane tries to to prove Reid s innocence. Dugoni has often been described as a challenger to Turow and the other big names in the legal-thriller genre, but at this point, he s claimed his own position on the A-list. A must read for fans of courtroom drama, from Grisham to Turow to Erle Stanley Gardner."
-Jeff Ayers, Booklist
The verdict's in on MURDER ONE - Robert Dugoni has written another first-class legal thriller. It's smart, taut, suspenseful and exquisitely plotted.
- Linda Fairstein
New York Times Bestselling
Author of Silent MercyWith Murder One Robert Dugoni creates more twists and turns than a road in the Cascade Mountains. For readers who love detailed police work and spot-on courtroom drama, this is the book to look for. He'll keep you guessing right till the end.
- Elizabeth George
New York Times Bestselling
Author of This Body of DeathDugoni has done it again! Taut courtroom scenes, stunning twists and deceptively dangerous men...and women. Be prepared for a helluva ride from a master of courtroom suspense!
- Lisa Gardner
New York Times Bestselling The Neighbor