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When a billionaire dies, an innocent woman is blamed. One lawyer must fight a wealthy family for justice.

It seems straightforward to Attorney Nate Shepherd: a middle-aged billionaire dies while celebrating at a wedding reception. The grief-stricken family lashes out, though, blaming the billionaire’s date for his death. When the family brings all of its power to bear, the wheels of local justice threaten to overwhelm the woman.

As Nate Shepherd steps in to defend her, he tries to deflect the misplaced anger that’s directed at the woman for the tragedy. But as the investigation progresses, a tangled history unravels, including unexpected ties to Nate’s own life. And with each secret that is uncovered, the stakes rise until Nate finds himself fighting for the woman’s freedom in a trial for her life.

Can Nate Shepherd protect an innocent client from a family trying to buy its own brand of justice?

This is the second 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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Pleasant legal story

This is the second book I have read in the series and whilst I have enjoyed them the plots are more far-fetched and a bit too simple. The twists are not good enough to make these books worth any more than three stars overall. I’m sorry about this because I very much want to like them all I just think it needs more plot! Narration good. Female voices not great.

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  • Courtney Y
  • 24-01-21

Great storyline but a few annoying mannerisms

This was a very good book. I kept going back and forth believing the defendant’s story, and then doubting her innocence, as I listened to the book. Mr. Newbern did a fantastic job narrating, as always. I usually try to select books with courtroom drama. However, this book continued Attorney Shepard’s two very annoying habits that existed in Book 1: 1) he belabored every point during cross examination that made me want to scream, “Asked and answered!” I began to wonder if the author got paid by the word count! 2) Each witness answered “I did”., “I did not”, “he did”, “he did not”. It seemed so unrealistic; most people would just answer Yes or No. It became so predictable that it made me cringe as I waited for it. I admit, it didn’t happen quite as much as in Book 1, but was still very obvious, and I’m not sure I want to listen to Book 3, but hopefully Mr Stagg will change the courtroom witness dialogue to be a little more realistic. Other than these annoying features,I did enjoy his first two Nate Shepherd books!

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  • Andrea R
  • 03-03-21

I'm confused

The ending was to convoluted to understand. Too much emphasis on trees. I just didn't enjoy it as much as I did the 1st series

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  • Gail
  • 05-12-20

Great new to me author

I love a court room drama and this is it. Excellent characters well developed and interesting story well performed. I look forward to many future books by mr. Stagg.
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  • Jerry
  • 20-07-21

Best book ever

Listened for two straight days while off from four 12 hour shift days. This book is my second listen from the author and narrator.

The ending caught me by total surprise. I was in total “unbelievable” shock.
I suppose I had the same feeling as Nate.

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  • Kevin J Tiffany
  • 10-07-21

Kept me interested

Story was good, enjoyed the narrator. Was not disappointed. I have listened to the previous Nate Shepherd book and will listen to the remaining two as well.

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  • William T.
  • 09-07-21

Good second book

I've enjoyed both books by this author. The narration is top notch also. I'm going to download book 3 now.

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  • Andrew M Chavkin
  • 05-07-21

Second in series

I read the first in this series and liked it. The second I felt did not have the same suspense. I felt like Stagg was going thru the motions to bang out a second book.

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  • Mav's mom
  • 22-06-21

Great Series

This series, of which there are not enough, has a perfect narrator. The plots are cleaver but almost beside the point because I love the dialogue and characters. I hope Michael Stagg and George Newbern continue their collaboration for years to come!

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  • psychodr1
  • 06-06-21

I loved it.

I have enjoyed this whole series. I liked the characters, storylines and narration. I would recommend it to others.

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  • Kelly Curry
  • 04-06-21

Kept my attention surprise twist

Kept my attention surprise twist. enjoyed reading whole series narrator is easy to listen to.