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Former law professor Tom McMurtrie has brought killers to justice, and taken on some of the most infamous cases in Alabama’s history. Now he’s tackling his greatest challenge.

McMurtrie’s old nemesis, Jack Willistone, is found dead on the banks of the Black Warrior River. Willistone had his share of enemies, but all evidence points to a forgotten, broken woman as the killer. At the urging of the suspect’s desperate fourteen-year-old daughter, McMurtrie agrees to take the case.

But as seasoned as McMurtrie is, even he isn’t prepared for how personal and dangerous this case is going to get. With the trial drawing near and his sharp young partner, Rick Drake, dealing with a family tragedy, he recruits his best friend, Bocephus Haynes, to help investigate.

As key witnesses disappear and old demons return, time becomes McMurtrie’s most fearsome opponent. Soon loyalties will be tested and the boundaries of law will be broken as McMurtrie fights to save his legacy—and his client’s life—before the truth is buried forever in the muddy waters of the Black Warrior.

©2018 Robert Bailey (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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  • shelley
  • 09-05-2018

Absolutely one of the best legal thrillers!!

This is a wonderful legal series. If you have not listened to the first two books I would suggest listening to them first. This book is a follow up to a previous book in this series.
The protagonist is Tom McMurtrie. He's a former attorney, former law professor who taught most of the lawyers he comes up against since coming out of retirement. He's opened a law office with another former student.
When a woman in town is charged with murder her 14 year old daughter enlists McMurtrie's help. McMurtrie had exposed her perjuries during a trial in one of the previous books Following that trial she lost everything. Now she's accused of the murder of the man convicted in that same trial.
When McMurtrie's partner's father has a fatal accident another prisoner on death row takes credit. He tells McMurtrie that he arranged it from inside. It doesn't end there. The prisoner tells him that he will kill him and everyone important to him. McMurtrie believes he might be capable, especially when others involved start dying.
This is a very well written book. The characters are so well fleshed out. The story is told with very vivid descriptions. It is believable, realistic and fast paced with the tension mounting as the story progresses.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is $1.99!!!!
Eric Dove is the perfect narrator for this book. His southern drawl is great.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!
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  • Wayne
  • 11-05-2018

Third McMurtrie & Drake legal thriller

I love legal thrillers especially those with lots of courtroom action. Alabama attorney Robert Bailey delivers once again with The Last Trail which is Book 3 in his McMurtrie & Drake series. Like the first two novels in the series, The Professor and Between Black and White, The Last Trial is outstanding. The protagonist is retired University of Alabama law professor Tom McMurtrie who once again agrees to represent a person charged with murder in a near hopeless case. McMurtrie is suffering from end stage lung cancer and has only months to live. Bocephus Haynes, a former McMurtrie law student, is back from Between Black and White as an investigator since his law license has not been restored. Tom's law partner Rick Drake also plays a significant role. Eric G. Dove again narrates superbly.

The 4th novel in the McMurtrie and Drake series will be titled The Reckoning is scheduled for release on April 23, 2019. I suspect Bo Haynes will likely become series protagonist.

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  • Crazy Reader
  • 10-05-2018

Awesome!

This series is really good. I highly recommend if you like legal thriller/suspense. I didn't want it to end because I feel like I know the characters. This author is very good at does describing everything so you feel you are right there. Please keep writing!

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  • Patty Gereszek
  • 27-06-2018

Love this series!

Love this series! The story holds your interest, moves along quickly, doesn't drag. Very good!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-2018

Twists,turns,legal mystery..guessing throughout.

Diverse set of characters drive a mystery about who did it. Reveals are intriguing and believable. Some parts are old school, and others very contemporary. Enjoyed it and listened to it at long and short stings..satisfying conclusion.

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  • MidwestGeek
  • 24-06-2018

Good conclusion to the trilogy.

I believe this concludes the McMurtrie and Drake series. I devoured the audiobook over a weekend. It is very good, but somehow the story did not strike me as stellar as the previous two. Although a very good mystery, I found that the telling stalled sometimes and was repititous at other times. There was a final twist near the very end that, despite my hunches, came as a surprise to me.

It is less of a legal mystery than the previous two, although the law plays a major role behind the events that occur. Although it is possible to read these out of order, I strongly recommend reading the series in sequence as each previous one solves a mystery but leaves other parts unresolved.

I suspect this is the last we'll hear from the professor, but, as things have evolved, I suspect we might hear more about his friend and former law student, Bocephus Haynes. Like McMurtrie, he played for and revered coach Bear Bryant while an undergrad at Alabama. (Bocephus was a primary character in the previous two books as well.) In fact, the series ought to be renamed McMurtrie and Haynes Mysteries.

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  • AK Raven
  • 11-06-2018

A Must

Liked everything about this story. The voices, the mystery, the twists and turns. Enjoyed it.

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  • JohnFern0813
  • 04-06-2018

Another Virtuoso Professor Performance

Over the past three years, the professor series has become what I believe the most intriguing legal thriller series in a long long time. The last trial is a fitting sequel to its predecessors. My only chagrin is the wait for another installment or comparable series to be published. Until then, I will go back and listen again to the first two books in the series: the professor and between black and white. Great narration complementing superb writing.

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  • James T
  • 02-06-2018

Hopefully the Last Book too.

Book 3 in the series ended up being better than book 2 but it was still very light on the legal portion. I understand in suspense fiction it is nice to have hit-men but in legal thrillers isn't the law enough. I suppose if you are trying to write a mystery, you need to have enough suspects that there is a little question as to the whodunit. However, the hit-men keep coming out of the woodwork in this series. The first book was definitely the best but these were fair diversions for a day or two.

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  • Wayne
  • 12-06-2018

Sickeningly stereotypical

Terrible book. Full of tired, old, cliché stereotypes. Very unimaginative. Lacking in creativity Not an enjoyable read in the least.

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