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Summary

Beverly Ford lost more than just her husband when he died in Iraq from a fatal wound and faulty body armor - she also lost her faith in the government and its military. After no response to her unlawful death claim, she's taking them both to court. Successful attorney David Sloane, a former Marine, knows Beverly's case is a no-win situation, but his conscience won't let him abandon her.

As he digs deeper into the investigation, Sloane confronts a law called the Feres Doctrine which prohibits a soldier's family from suing the government for his death. Contested nearly 3,000 times in the past 50 years, the Feres Doctrine has yet to be amended or overturned. Now Sloane is desperate to find a loophole. But as he examines the events that led to James Ford's death, he uncovers disturbing evidence of a powerful enemy playing a very deadly game - one that may put him and his family in dire jeopardy.

Compelling characters, jaw-dropping twists, and a dangerous hunger for justice make Wrongful Death an edge-of-your-seat audio full of hot-button issues and searing courtroom drama.

©2009 Robert Dugoni (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Historygal777
  • 23-12-16

Great book!

After listening to the first book (Jury Master) in the series, which was really good, I wanted to listen to the rest of the series. However, after reading many of the first reviews (saying how bad this one is) I bought #3, Bodily Harm, and #4, Murder One. Listened to #3, which is about a defective toy manufactured in China, and is amazing also.

BUT, do not skip Wrongful Death! It appears to be about the military not supplying upgraded equipment to troops in war...but it turns out it is NOT about that at all. It is, once again, about a corporation and individuals consumed with greed, even at the cost of many innocent lives.

And, if you skip this one and go on to #3, you will miss a lot of the back stories, e.g., who are his associates and how did they meet Sloane. As soon as I finished #3 I purchased Wrongful Death at full discounted price and I was not disappointed. Now I'm on to #4...so excited to see what is in store next!!!

(Truly, I do NOT understand why Audible puts so many negative reviews at the top of the reviews, while leaving hundreds of glowing comments buried! It's very irritating.)

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  • Anne
  • 23-09-15

3rd in the series

An interesting legal thriller this time dealing with the military, soldiers and their families.
As with the other books in the series, they are puzzles, all the pieces are there you just have to put them together correctly. Very engaging…

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  • Wayne
  • 05-09-17

Attorney David Sloane takes on the US government

Wrongful Death is about a member of the Washington state National Guard who was killed during the US war in Iraq. In this case I suggest reading the publisher's summary which does a nice job of setting up the novel. I will add only that the key to potential success of attorney David Sloane is whether the action when the man was killed was part of the war or was in the furtherance of the business interest of a military contractor.

Wrongful Death is a legal thriller, but much of the action and intense suspense is outside the courtroom. Author Robert Dugoni has written a wonderful novel and Dan John Miller's narration is outstanding. As I have written in other reviews Robert Dugoni is one of my favorite authors who never disappoints. Dugoni's newest release in his outstanding Tracy Crosswhite police procedural series titled Close to Home will be released in a few hours.

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  • Lia
  • 21-09-16

Good Follow Up Book

This is the second book in the series featuring David Sloane, and as was the case in the prior novel, Dugoni delivers on super-fast spellbinding thrillers. This does not mean that the work is flawless, but it sure ranks high in entertainment value.

On the plus side, this novel has an engaging plot, with many twists and turns, characters that grab our interest and fast action. The main character, David Sloane, is an attorney in Seattle that specializes in representing Hispanic clients in lawsuits, mainly against big corporations. This "newfound profession", moving from defending these big corporations to going after them, came after in the last installment, Sloane found out some disturbing facts about his past that were long lost in his memory. Sloane has a military background, so is part lawyer, part jock that can mix it up with killers. He also has some interesting friends, especially in the middle-aged Jenkins, an ex-CIA agent that is a big asset when it's time for the showdown.

Even though many of the aspects mentioned above make for a great story, there are some obvious flaws with the novel, and I am pretty sure that some people may find them more annoying than I did. The first one is that from the marketing perspective (look at the front cover of the book for example) this is sold as a legal thriller, when in reality the "legal" portion is pretty slim. But besides that, those that read The Jury Master, will find a lot of repetition in "Wrongful Death". To start with, the author spends quite a bit of time rehashing the events that unraveled in the previous book. This is so blatant that even though I usually recommend to read series in order, I would have to say in this case that this is not necessary. This may be a benefit for new readers, but for those that read the first book is definitely a little over the top. But there is also repetition in how the story flows and the elements the author uses to create the thrills. I could tolerate it, but I would have preferred more creativity.

Overall, and given the aforementioned caveats, I would say that most people will have a good to very good time with this novel, so I think it is good enough to deserve a recommendation.

Dan John Miller was good with the delivery of the story

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  • KelleyA
  • 30-03-16

David Sloane is at it again!

Good story. I'm on to the next in the series. I liked the narrator on this one.

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  • Glenn
  • 09-01-13

Solid Three Stars All Around

The first Robert Dugoni audio book I listened to was The Jury Master. While the narration was hard to take at times, the action was non-stop from beginning to end. The first three quarters of Wrongful Death could have used some of that action. Mediocre narration combined with an uncompelling storyline made it difficult at times to stick with the story.

That being said, it does pick up a bit toward the end. And while I probably won't listen to another Dugoni novel, I don't regret listening either. While Dan John Miller's narration seem mumbly at times, some of the character voices were very good. Much better than Robertson Dean managed with The Jury Master.

The audio quality itself was somewhat muffled and quiet. When combined with the mumbly narration, I found it necessary to crank up the treble in my car just to hear at times.

On the positive side, I thought that Dugoni did a nice job splicing in the Iraq "cut-scenes". Without them I don't think I would have been able to make it through the first part. They added an element of action and interest to a story that had its share of dull moments.

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  • J. McGovern
  • 05-08-18

An excellent read

I found this book to be both entertaining and (finally) accurate about various Seattle area locations. I liked the characters and how they were given context to this book. I always appreciate law and attorney stories and this is a good one that goes from regular law and delves into military law. I listened to it every spare minute and even when I should have been doing something else. I highly recommend this one.

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  • mom2bmql
  • 29-07-18

Good story, poor narrator.

The plot and characters were interesting. it was hard to put down. However, when the narrator started mangling the few Spanish words in the book, I wanted to rip my earbuds off and throw them across the room. Come on, he didn't even know that "h" makes no sound in Spanish. And then the editor didn't catch that?

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  • Marisia Robus
  • 25-07-18

Enjoyable

The story was enjoyable, nice twists.

The quality of the narrations was SHOCKING! I would have given it MINUS 10 if I could. Very poor quality!

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  • Wesley B.
  • 12-07-18

The narrator makes the book.

Interesting book to say the least. The story line is somewhat slow and doesn’t build to much suspense or action. This is the first book I’ve ever read by this author. I feel as though the book itself was not all that great, the narrator does an outstanding job of conveying the authors full intention.