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A client savagely kills a man to protect a friend. A lawyer with secrets must prove it was justified.

Attorney Nate Shepherd left a big firm to go out on his own. He sees nothing but opportunity when an out-of-town lawyer wants to hire him as local counsel on a high-profile murder case. Though his family worries that the case hits too close to home, Nate joins the defense team.

When circumstances force him to take on a bigger role, Nate ignores his family’s fears and throws himself into his client’s defense. But as he digs deeper, every aspect of the case raises memories of a terrible event that Nate has tried his best to bury.

Battling an aggressive prosecutor in court and a dogged reporter outside it, Nate fights to prove that his client’s brutal, bloody slaying of an evil victim was right. But when Nate’s own story is exposed, it threatens his client’s freedom...and Nate’s carefully constructed life. Can he fend off his own demons long enough to save his client?

This is the first book in the gripping Nate Shepherd Legal Thriller series. If you like razor-sharp dialogue, iron-willed characters, and slippery moral quandaries, then you’ll love this fierce courtroom drama.

©2020 Michael Stagg (P)2020 Podium Audio

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  • Wayne
  • 07-04-2021

Outstanding legal thriller

An unwinnable first degree murder case falls into the lap of a civil law attorney. He is forced to defend a man who readily admits he killed someone who he believed was going to hurt his friend. Author Michael Stagg writes a great legal story that is realistic and credible. Protagonist Nate Shepherd is likeable without being overly heroic. George Newbern does a fine job of narrating. I just purchased the next two audio books in the Nate Shepherd series.

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  • Edward Allstot
  • 06-01-2021

Spectacular

This new series was a fantastic find! Just found this author while looking for books narrated by George Newbern. I liked it very much and listened to the whole book in only a few nights. The writing flowed well, and the characters were excellent. The author makes the book interesting while throwing in just the right amount of humor. Michael Stagg's new series is binge-worthy material. I will begin listening to "True Intent," the second in the series tonight. George Newbern's narration was exceptional for this book.

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  • Kevin A
  • 21-01-2021

Fantastic

I don't leave reviews very often, mainly because I'm right on to my next book. I'm leaving a review for Lethal Defense, because it was riveting. I was hooked from chapter one and it never slowed down. The narration was epic, the characters superb and the story was enthralling. I'm so looking forward to the next book in this series!

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  • Gail
  • 05-12-2020

Michael Stagg — a real find

Hat a please surprise! Outstanding in all phases. My new favorite author. If you like a good court room drama it is a must read.

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 28-11-2020

Just Blah

NO SPOILERS!! I was hoping for something more riveting but it was very hum drum. The only thing spectacular was the narrator and if it wasn’t for him I would have quit.

You will like this book if you like legal dramas... I would not consider this a legal thriller.

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  • Pamela Donaldson
  • 17-08-2021

Good courtroom drama

A good first experience with this author and reader.
A few criticisms:
The writer's stylistic choice of almost always using "I did" or "he didn't " as responses instead the more commonly used "yes" or "no" would have sounded more natural.
Some elements of the plot beggared belief, but OK.
RE the narrator: he was easy to listen to but could have done better on women's voices. He did on a couple, so why not on the others?

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  • allison
  • 28-06-2021

Downhill at Trial, Anaphora Overkill

The lead up chapters were more interesting than the trial ones...kind of a let down

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  • Cynthia Gimont
  • 25-09-2021

Excellent

Very good audiobook, never hear of this author. His work on this book was wonderful. Kept me fully engaged, narrator was excellent as well. I could not stop listening.

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  • Ann
  • 22-09-2021

TOO MANY BASIC LEGAL MISTAKES BY AUTHOR

George Newbern’s narration was superb, as always. The story itself was fine, but the trial scenes were too long and thus got boring at times. Also, several elementary legal mistakes were made by the author, surprising since this was a legal thriller. For example, any first-year law student (or actually any experienced paralegal or legal secretary, for that matter) absolutely knows to ALWAYS subpoena EVERY witness and expert for trial to prevent what happened in this story; that is, defense counsel subpoenaed only defense witnesses to appear in court but failed to subpoena the plaintiff’s witnesses to appear. Plaintiff decided at the last minute not to call his last witness, a witness who had become crucial to the defendant’s case, but because defense counsel had failed to also subpoena that witness, the crucial witness did not have to show up to testify for the defense on that day, which was devastating to the defendant’s case. That, my friends, borders on attorney malpractice or at the very least extreme sloppiness and made our hero attorney appear — and correctly so — to the reader as incompetent and weakened the story. Also, there were personality wars going on between defense counsel and some of plaintiff’s experts while testifying, which was very unprofessional and generally disallowed. Maybe a better editor next time?

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  • Momma
  • 19-09-2021

Lethal Defense

I did not care for this book. Do not enjoy books filled with cursing. Plot was poorly developed. Character development as almost nonexistent. I will be returning this book. Not worth the credit

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  • joanna
  • 07-08-2021

Welcome Nate

Super book look forward to the next one
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Highly recommend it
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  • VJ
  • 01-03-2021

Thoroughly Enjoyable Legal Novel

Great storyline, plot and characters.
I was captivated from the first chapter and the story unfolded without any dull moments.
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Will be listening to more by this author & narrator!

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  • Judith
  • 23-02-2021

A great discovery.

I’m so pleased that I gave this a try. I love legal thrillers and this one sits nicely in that genre. I would have liked a bit more explanation re the back story and a twist would have been a good addition. It’s a straight forward work a day legal story.

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