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The 7th Canon Paperback – September 27, 2016
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“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 (September 27, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 333 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503939421
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503939424
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #91,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The setting is a seedy neighborhood in San Francisco thirty years ago. A boy is murdered in a flophouse run by a priest with a shady past. The priest discovers the body and the police immediately charge him with the crime. The evidence seems overwhelming. Almost as quickly, Peter Donley, a young lawyer working for his uncle, finds himself drafted as the priest's defense attorney, dropped into the deep end of the pool on his first criminal case when his uncle is sidelined with a heart attack. It would not be a wise career move for Donley to keep the case. But he finds himself drawn in and we are off on a harrowing ride.
And I mean harrowing. Dugoni is not kind to his characters. They come with complicated backstories and are weighed down with emotional baggage. The good guys make bad decisions. And the bad guys are the heroes of their own stories. There is cost for everything and the piper is always paid in full. This book is not for the squeamish. But I recommend it for readers that can handle it.
Disclosure: Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing a free copy of this book in return for my honest review
What I was expecting? A book covering the trial of an accused priest.
What I got? An attorney running around doing the work of a detective...but much better, of course.
The 7th Canon is a good story...very entertaining, in fact. And, as per usual with Robert Dugoni novels, the characterization was top notch. I even liked that it was set in the late 80s. It was a refreshing spin I thoroughly enjoyed.
Unfortunately, it was a bit too far fetched for me to truly get behind, but it hasn't dampened my enthusiasm for this author. His work is so, so good. If you haven't read The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell OR the Tracy Crosswhite series yet, I wholeheartedly suggest you do.
Dugoni mentions in his acknowledgement that this was an older manuscript and it has had many rewrites. I think these rewrites may have caused a few minor hiccups, but nothing that really detracted from the book. Perhaps it was a mix of earlier, more inexperienced writing with Dugoni's current, more polished style.
Some characters were on a first name basis and others were last name. Throughout the book, the main character, Peter Donley, is mostly referred to as Donley. Frank Ross is an investigator for Donley's uncle, and he is usually referred to by his full name. I think I would have felt closer to these characters if first names had been used instead.
Donley works for his uncle Lou. I wish this relationship had been apparent earlier in the book and then left alone. I felt some awkwardness with later mentions of this relationship.
So, those were minor quibbles on my part. The book is good. It's set in 1987. You know, before cell phones, computers, and DNA. I liked the characters, especially Father Tom. There is an underlying theme of fatherhood here, good fathers, abusive fathers, overbearing fathers, and their sons who feel guilty, or robbed, or intimidated. That theme is overlaid with a killing, an arrest, and subsequent legal wrangling which makes for an enjoyable read.
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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.