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Summary

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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Objection overruled...

i have had to stop listening to a lot of books on the basis that the narration either doesn't fit or is just down right irritating. Mr Newbern's performance is perfect in this instance and makes listening an absolute pleasure; i will make a point of looking out for his involvement with other works. Thoroughly enjoyed the story but i won't comment further as to do so might give the game away.

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  • VJ
  • 01-03-21

Thoroughly Enjoyable Legal Novel

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

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intersting legal thiller

it was very engaging. the story is told in the first person with lots of personal info which gives it a sense of realism.

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Funny, fascinating and fabulous

Great plot, keeping my attention at all times. I much enjoyed the sense of humour displayed by the main character, and the narrator was brilliant (even though I don't usually care for the US accent).

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Would have done the same if I’d had the chance

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have been indirectly affected by the evils of drugs and the ruination of families that they can cause then like me this story will ring true in your heart. Had no idea of any of that before listening and gave me an inside understanding as the story progressed.

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Great Story

Great story line and convincing characters. No wasted dialogue, just perfect pace, a must listen

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So very good in my opinion 😄

Great Listen - Loved the courtroom drama and the back story along side of it, the narration was superb, for me narration can spoil good book as I don’t give it a chance. I will be looking for more by Michael Stagg.
I’m a John Grisham fan, I’ve read or listen to most of them so thank goodness I’ve now found Michael Stagg

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good performance, confusing story

it felt like the middle of a book series and not the start. I liked the main character and learning about him and his family. everyone else kind of merges into one blob and became indistinguishable.
I'll probably look up the other books though and see if they are more enjoyable now that I know some of them

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Thoroughly enjoyable book

My first experience of this author and I can’t wait to get to the next book. The story moved quickly so I was not left feeling like it was dragging.
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Very enjoyable listen

Very good story and performed perfectly. Definitely a touch of the John Grisham’s and just as good too.

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  • Wayne
  • 07-04-21

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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  • Kevin A
  • 21-01-21

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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  • Edward Allstot
  • 06-01-21

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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  • Momma
  • 19-09-21

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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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 28-11-20

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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  • Gail
  • 05-12-20

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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  • Pamela Donaldson
  • 17-08-21

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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  • Marty
  • 14-01-22

Just ok

Story was enjoyable but unrealistic. The reader was absolutely detrimental to the story. His flippant tone throughout was distracting and annoying. Not sure if I’d be willing to invest any more time in subsequent books.

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  • 18-11-21

Debra, FL

This was actually a pretty good listen. It took me awhile to get into it and sort out the characters but glad I finished it. Narrator was good.

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  • allison
  • 28-06-21

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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