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Acts of Omission

Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins

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A brilliant and dogged young trial lawyer in San Francisco risks everything he holds dear to bring the most dangerous legal adversary in town to justice.

Down on his luck after a string of lost cases and a recent divorce, personal injury lawyer Matt Taylor hopes his next trial will be an easy win. But when he meets a devastatingly injured young man desperate for help, Matt finds himself embroiled in an impossible lawsuit against Salvatore Conte, a powerful lawyer with sinister connections. Despite all warnings, Matt courageously pulls out all the stops to uncover the truth and right a horrific legal wrong. What follows is an epic multi-million-dollar battle of wills, intrigue, and outright violence that could cost Matt everything he cares about - his career, his family, his heart...and his life.

©2019 James S. Bostwick (P)2019 Tantor

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  • shelley
  • 16-11-2019

Best legal thriller in a long time & it’s a debut!

This is a really really good book. I know I certainly enjoyed it and think anyone who appreciates a good court room drama will have a great time listening to this one.
The protagonist (Matt Taylor) is hired by a family whose son was in a car accident. He was misdiagnosed at a hospital and further injured after he was admitted. Represented by a busy ambulance chasing attorney, the attorney handed the case to a first year lawyer. Medical issues were missed and the statute of limitations expired. Taylor then sues the hot shot ambulance chaser for legal negligence on behalf of a young man who is now a quadriplegic. After two attempts on his life, Matt Taylor knows he’s got a good case if he can live through it.
Both the plot and characters are well developed and believable. Being the parent of of two adult physically disabled daughters I can say his description of care requirements for people with physical limitations is quite accurate. This is a fast paced legal thriller that leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve finished the book.
Roger Wayne does an outstanding job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
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  • Wayne
  • 18-11-2019

Outstanding legal thriller!

I follow Audible Listener Shelley (Raleigh, NC) (1) because our fiction preferences are similar and (2) because she finds and reviews wonderful novels that I would not likely find. If you are interested in the mystery/thriller genre you should consider following Shelley and giving her the helpful votes she richly deserves. ACTS OF OMISSION by James S Bostwick is the most recent find by Shelley.

This novel is easily the best legal thriller I have read in years. I awarded John Grisham's recent release The Guardians 5 stars. ACTS OF OMISSION is a much better legal thriller than The Guardians, but 5 stars are the maximum I can award it. Read Shelley's excellent review for more information. By the way, the narration is also outstanding.

This is the first book by James S Bostwick. Who is he? Upon investigating I find that he is a septuagenarian California lawyer so we likely should not expect many more releases from him. He is also one of the top civil lawyers in the US and he heads his own (large) law firm.

Very highly recommended!


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  • C. Rogers
  • 27-11-2019

This Book Has it All!

Want a suspenseful, well-written legal thriller with a believable plot and engaging characters? This one has all of that and more, and a perfect narrator! As a lawyer, I'm often put off by legal thrillers in which the lawyers act like Navy Seals with JDs, and by courtroom scenes that mess up the law. This one gets the law right, and adds just enough action outside the courtroom to make it more fun than a realistic book about actually practicing law would be! Any reader of fiction will be more than willing to suspend disbelief just a bit. My favorite books also convey a strong feeling of setting/place, and this one does that too, with a dash of occasionally poetic prose style. I predict this author will not be the next John Grisham, but the writer that John Grisham should have been.

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  • Sangeeta
  • 25-11-2019

Quite entertaining and well written legal thriller

One of the few books that could hold my interest and offered some new insights.
Performance by Roger Wayne is top rated as well...especially the court room arguments/statements were top-notched.
I could do without some relationship/romantic details, but not too distracting overall.
Glad to find Mr. Bostwick and will look forward to more from him...thanks!

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  • Ellen Zelda
  • 08-12-2019

Wonderful from start to end!

Hopefully, this author has something new sooner rather than later. This legal mystery reminds me of the first time I read John Grisham's Firm. The story is absolutely compelling. The character development is full. The scenes are so realistic that you feel like you have a front-row seat to the events. Finally, as the icing on the cake, the reader is top-notch.

I listen to 3-4 books a week. This is one of the best I've read all year!

Note: I'm hoping for a sequel. The main character could have the staying power of a Bosch or Reacher.

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  • James R Casperson
  • 03-12-2019

Painful story, Excellent Book

The pain in the story can be concerting. Love, betrayal.. that kind of stuff. However, well written, well read and it wraps you up in that story from beginning to end.