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Wrongful Death a novel by Robert Dugoni

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Reluctantly aiding a bereaved widow in a wrongful death lawsuit against the government and military for the death of her Iraq war soldier husband, attorney David Sloane uncovers evidence of a dangerous adversary who retaliates by threatening David's … see full wiki

Author: Robert Dugoni
Genre: Mystery, Legal Stories
Publisher: Pocket
Date Published: February 23, 2010
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A Good Follow-up to The Jury Master

  • Apr 10, 2009
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Good follow-up to The Jury Master, returns David Sloane as the master civil lawyer who has a long string of courtroom wins; mostly owing to his persuasive talent. He is paired again with Jenkins who rescued him at the end of the last book, who is now Sloane's private investigator.

A returning Iraqi soldier (Fergusun) who was blinded on duty, is murdered and his death is made to look like a suicide. A few months later Sloane is approached by the wife of James Ford, who was killed in combat while serving with Fergusun. Mrs. Ford wants to sue the goverment over the wrongful death of her husband, possibly for not issuing proper body armor. Sloane realizes this is an almost impossible request because there exists the "Ferris Doctrine" which prevents just about any type of suit like that to be brought against the government.

Against all logic, Sloane decides to take the case. This causes all kinds of weird things to happen such as Sloane being under survelience, another soldier who served with James Ford to be murdered, and Sloane's family to be threatened.

The book proceeds to move at a fairly slow but still interesting pace and starts to pick up steam about two thirds of the way in. There is a pretty good courtroom scene about then and a lot political intrigue going on.

The book has several parts told in italics that are flashbacks to the day when the soldiers were ambushed, causing Ford's death. Every few chapters the author offers a few more snippets of what occurred.

Sloane is a pretty interesting character and I especially like his courtroom tactics. I hope in future books that the author expands on these as they are very effective.

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