A riveting new legal thriller from the bestselling author of My Sister's Grave.
In San Francisco's seamy Tenderloin district, a teenage street hustler has been murdered in a shelter for boys. And the dedicated priest who runs the struggling home stands accused. But despite damning evidence that he's a killer - and worse - Father Thomas Martin stands by his innocence. And attorney Peter Donley stands with him.
For three years Donley has cut his legal teeth in his uncle's tiny, no-frills firm, where people come before profits. Just as Donley is poised to move on to a lucrative dream job, the shocking case lands in his lap, and he must put his future on hold while putting his courtroom skills to the test. But a ruthless DA seeking headlines and a brutal homicide cop bent on vengeance have their own agendas. Now, as he unearths the dirty secrets surrounding the case, Donley must risk his neck to save his client's life...and expose the face of true evil.
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"Intense suspense; a real thrill ride"
This new release by Robert Dugoni is a standalone suspense/legal thriller set in San Francisco in 1987. It is well written and the characters are vivid. In my opinion it is not as good as books in Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series, but I had a difficult time deciding between 4 and 5 stars. The narration brings it down to 4 stars. I highly recommend The 7th Canon. Robert Dugoni writes superb thrillers.
"What bothers me may not bother you"
The choice to set this book in 1987 confused me and I didn't find the author consistent in the way he portrayed the time.
I seem to remember that in 1987 the main scandals about catholic priests hadn't really broken yet. (Absolutely things were happening, but the lid hadn't blown off yet.) Sometimes the characters seemed to speak from the perspective of what we know now, and at other times from an '80s perspective. As I write this, I think I realize that the author moved it back because there is no way the church would now allow a lone priest to set up a shelter staffed by just him for underage boy prostitutes. But too many things weren't "down-dated" for me.
And the priest retells the story of St. Paul saying that before his conversion, the then Saul persecuted and even "murdered" Jews. Saul was a Jew!!!! He persecuted Christians!!!! (He was a Roman citizen and claimed the right not to be crucified as such, but he was definitely a Jew.) To me there is no way that even a blue-jean wearing, tattooed priest would get that wrong.
I confess I tunes out once I started noticing these type of things. The story seemed good, but I wish the author had invested in a good substantive editor/researcher, especially after he decided to turn back the clock to 1987.
I don't return many audiobooks, but I'm returning this on.
"Not deserving of my money"
blacks and women were used to fill a quota while deserving white men were overlooked. Yeah, that ended this crap of a book for me considering I'm both
Gripping, interesting story. Awesome narration. This is one of the very best AUDIBLE books I ever listened to!! Highly recommend!
Robert Dugoni is a great author. Can tell amazing stories and leave out the foul language. Wish he had more books. Can't wait for the next one
"The 7th Canon"
Excellent story. So many facets of life experiences of good and evil, without bringing listener into slime.
"The 7th Canon"
wasn't sure I would like it but it was a good thriller. Well worth a read. Narrator did a good job.
love Robert Dugoni's books and this one was right with the rest.. great story, great narrative. can't wait for more
"An excellent read."
Since reading The Jury Master I have eagerly awaited my next Dugoni read/listen. As a reader I love Dugoni's story telling and as a forensic psychologist I really appreciate his psychologically nuanced character development and how that contributes to the narrative. I always look forward to the next Dugoni!
"Another great Dugoni thriller"
I started with The Tracy Crosswhite series and loved how this stand alone book tied into that series with newspaper reporter Sam Goldman making an appearance (In The Clearing #3).
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