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The Burden of Proof

Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
Series: Kindle County, Book 2
Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
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"Expert and excellent... The Burden of Proof is a new sort of novel - a detective story full of people on the make, on the break or settling for second best: a riveting tale." ( Evening Standard)

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One afternoon in late March, Sandy Stern, the brilliant, quixotic defense lawyer in Presumed Innocent, returns home to find his wife, Clara, dead in the garage. They have been married for 31 years. Her suicide note leaves him just four words: 'Can you forgive me?' But on 6 March, Clara had expected to live....

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Totally absorbing story

The combination of an excellent writer and a skilful narrator makes this book an unmissable treat. I found myself listening into the early hours over many nights, reluctant to emerge from the magic of such a talented storyteller.

Sandy Stern is a complex and beguiling main character, not your usual dashing hero by any means. He's balding, overweight and introverted, full of doubt and insecurities despite his successful career as a defence attorney.

He gradually puts together reasons why his reserved wife killed herself as he looks back over their life together, while dealing with a complex fraud investigation into his shady brother-in-law's brokerage firm.

He takes a fresh look at his adult children and doesn't like everything he sees in them. He ventures into new relationships after more than thirty faithful years with the same woman and realises he didn't know his wife as well as he thought he did.