A Killer's Alibi: Philadelphia Legal Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
For attorney Mick McFarland, the evidence is damning. And so are the family secrets in this twisty legal thriller from the Amazon Charts bestselling author of A Criminal Defense.
When crime lord Jimmy Nunzio is caught, knife in hand, over the body of his daughter’s lover and his own archenemy, he turns to Mick McFarland to take up his defense. Usually the courtroom puppeteer, McFarland quickly finds himself at the end of Nunzio’s strings. Struggling to find grounds for a not-guilty verdict on behalf of a well-known killer, Mick is hamstrung by Nunzio’s refusal to tell him what really happened.
On the other side of the law, Mick’s wife, Piper, is working to free Darlene Dowd, a young woman sentenced to life in prison for her abusive father’s violent death. But the jury that convicted Darlene heard only part of the truth, and Piper will do anything to reveal the rest and prove Darlene’s innocence.
As Mick finds himself in the middle of a mob war, Piper delves deeper into Darlene’s past. Both will discover dark secrets that link these fathers and daughters - some that protect, some that destroy, and some that can’t stay hidden forever. No matter the risk.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 48 minutes|
|Author||William L. Myers Jr.|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 19, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #80,256 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#341 in Legal Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,024 in Crime Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#22,829 in Crime Thrillers (Books)
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I'd go so far to say this is the best of the series. Mobsters, gangland war, murder, and mystery make up a compelling if somewhat predictable story. But, Mr. Myers does leave just a little back to give the reader a bit of a surprise.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this story was the subplots and side stories with a central theme running through all of them. Most enjoyable of all is how Mr. Myers manages to tie all the side stories into his main story - albeit loosely.
First of all, I devoured this book in one sitting. I just could not bring myself to put it down! The parallel plots were equally riveting on their own, but together just demanded my attention until the last page.
Second: Usually, I am able to figure out the plot twist of any mystery half way through, at the latest, and keep reading to see how it's executed (hazards of my degree field). Not this time! This novel is so well written and clever that I only realized the resolution as it was given to me.
Finally, this author is smart, but not in the 'speaking over your head' way. You never feel lost, even when they are discussing legal proceedings. The characters are intelligent but human, and very relatable. Not a single perfect person in the batch, and I love that.
Mick's case is associated with Jimmy's arrest for the murder of the son of a rival mob family who was also dating Jimmy's daughter. He was caught by police with a knife in his hand and blood all over him. His daughter, Christina, was sitting on the floor holding Antonio's head. Mick's preparation for this trial was hampered by the failure of having Jimmy failing to disclose what occurred at the scene on the night of the robbery. He kept being told that he would find out the information when it was necessary. He also got the same story from Jimmy's wife. In reality, Mick was going to have to defend Jimmy blind and just go with the flow.
Piper and Susan's rationale for trying to get a new trial for Darlene was because new evidence became available that was not presented at her original trial. The steps of the preparation that they took prior to the hearing was quite revealing.
To find out the results of Darlene's request for a new trial and also to discover what the real story around Antonio's murder and what happened with to Jimmy in the end, you will need to read this book which I recommend highly in addition to the other stories in the series by this author. You won't be disappointed. The ending is well worth i
I tried to figure out how the murderer in Mick's case could possibly win with the mountain of evidence against him. If Nunzio did not kill Valiante, who did? Piper's case was an important one, as well. What really happened to Darlene? Was she innocent of her father's murder?
This was an intriguing book written by William L. Myers, Jr. It was a fast-paced legal thriller, full of suspense that kept me turning the pages, eager to find out what could possibly happen next. My theories on both cases were wrong, I did not see those twists coming with either storyline! Everything comes together in the end...
AfterThought: The food at the birthday celebration in the prologue had me yearning for a taste of home. Sunday (the only day I am off work), I proceeded to make (from scratch) my Nonna's prosciutto salad and a four cheese lasagna. I have enough lasagna in my freezer for a month (grazie, mamma, for the high metabolism and daily desire to exercise)... I am thinking chicken alfredo for dinner next weekend!
From a tale of a Criminal lawyer taking on a case without having any idea of what the defense would be (even while in trial), to trying to sell recreational marijuana as a sub-plot.
Then we have the names of some of the peripheral characters, especially those in the "Lehigh Valley".
Melvin Ott was a well-known bail bondsman in Allentown. Many of the other names are also previously well known characters abet in different professions.
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This one was the same. The book book was good up to the end but then a silly but maybe not as bad as the others. So I guess I might try another one when it’s published
In the meantime, Piper, his wife and Sharon his business partner are working on a Pro Bono case to set free a woman, Darlene Dowd, whom they believe has been wrongly convicted of murdering her father, a man who was both sexually and physically abusive to his daughter.
Both of these cases contain twists and turns that will hopefully surprise the reader and make the reading of this book well worth the effort with over 420 pages of plotting. I am still a fan of this author and have one more of his books on my wish list to read down the road.