For high-powered personal injury attorney Noah Byron, the good things in life come with a price tag - cars, houses, women. That's why he represents only cases that come with the possibility of a nice cut of the action. But as a favor to his ex-wife, he meets with the mother of twelve-year-old Joel, a boy poisoned by tainted children's medicine. While the official story is that a psycho tampered with bottles, the boy's mother believes something much more sinister is at work...and the trail leads right back to the pharmaceutical company.
As Noah digs deeper into the case, he quickly finds himself up against a powerful corporation that will protect itself at any cost. He also befriends young Joel and breaks the number one rule of personal injury law: don't make it personal. Faced with the most menacing of opponents and the most vulnerable of clients, Noah is determined to discover the truth and win justice for Joel - even if it means losing everything else.
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"Gripping courtroom drama!"
An Invisible Client, a legal thriller , was released today. At 6 hours it is a quick listen. Personal injury lawyer Noah Byron takes on a case against a pharmaceutical giant whose product caused the death of a 12 year old boy. This is an excellent courtroom drama. Narration is similarly excellent.
This is not a legal thriller, but it is a sappy little love story suitable for 13 year olds. I'm not an attorney but I am under the impression that the prosecution's witness, while on the stand, would not be allowed to lecture and belittle the plaintiff's attorney, and I seriously doubt the plaintiff's attorney would have taken it. Moreover, such a lecture would not have wrecked the plaintiff's case, as it did in the book. Ok, that's the worst part. Halfway through the book I was thinking MAYBE 3 stars. The book went downhill from there. I would not have finished the book had I not been on a long drive.
The narrator has a good voice, but he delivers every sentence as if he is leading a cavalry charge. I would not listen to another book by this narrator (nor by the author).
However, if you are looking for a good legal thriller, I would recommend "Death On A High Floor". I've listened to it twice, a year apart, and enjoyed both times. The plot is intricate and the narration is excellent.
"Great Court Room Drama"
This is my second book by Victor Methos. In this book Noah Bryce is a personal injury attorney who primarily settles his cases out of court. He has a rule never to take “invisible clients”, which is a legal term for a person that lives but does not legally exist.
In this story his ex wife asks Noah to take on the case of her cousin’s son Joel Whiting who is twelve years old. Joel was poisoned after taking a cough medicine which contains acetonitrile which converts into cyanide inside the body.
The book is well written and the pace is fast. The plot is straight forward with a small twist. Some of the characters appear interesting, and I wondered if the characters would appear in future books. The courtroom scenes are electrifying. The courtroom dialog kept me glued to the book. I always enjoy a story that champions the underdog. Methos has Noah explain the legal jargon so it’s understandable to non legal readers. There is an underlying moral dilemma to the story that adds spice but also food for thought. The book is a great legal thriller which is easy to read. Alexander Cendese did a good job narrating the book.
"Cliche but interesting"
The book was good until the love story which seemed contrived. I appreciate the main plot and found it entertaining.
People who need an easy "read" will find this enjoyable. The narrator was fantastic.
"Ordinary in every way"
This was a solid white noise listen; the story was nothing earth-shattering-- Erin Brokovich plot with a mediocre cast and script. But entertaining enough to finish.
I listen to books for pleasure and this book was great for easy listening. The characters were good and believable.
Ok so you know where this story is going but it is still a great journey. I really liked the characters and hope they will reappear in future books. A solid 8 out of 10. And free through Kindle Unlimited.
"Will look for more by this author!"
What a pleasant surprise this "Deal of the Day" was. Thankfully, the setting or at least home base was Salt Lake City -- anything besides NYC is a treat. The dialog was snappy but not contrived or stale. The narrator was excellent, though a couple of characters did sound awfully similar. Will look for more by this author.
"Truly enjoyed this book!"
I had never heard of or read anything by this autjor but I was glad I listened. the book was an easy to get interested in book that kept kur whole car full of people interested thru the whole book. The narrator was very good as well.
"Good Legal Story, Though Total Fantasy."
This novel was good enough for me to finish, but it requires any reasonable person to suspend belief. In Methos' first novel, The Neon Lawyer, we read about an attorney in his first few months practicing law being awarded a death penalty, murder case. He had one traffic case under his belt, and the hero outwits a sincere and experienced DA. Its a great story line, but it is pure fantasy. But this time, it is another pure fantasy of an evil pharmaceutical company who purposefully allowed a tainted cough syrup for children to remain on the shelves.
There are outstanding characters in remarkably realistic relationships.
I understand that pharmaceutical companies have made serious mistakes and are sometimes guilty of gross negligence. However, this story is built around the philosophy that all large corporations control every aspect of our lives. They are not negligent, they are criminals bent on hurting children. And much like Grisham's Rainmaker hero, Methos' attorney is head of a small firm with finite resources going against more experienced attorneys with unlimited funds.
So its David versus Goliath, which is always fun and entertaining.
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