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Publisher's Summary

From Gerry Spence, one of America’s greatest trial attorneys and the New York Times best-selling author of How to Argue and Win Every Time, comes an explosive courtroom thriller of murder, passion, and the twists and treachery of law and justice.  

Lillian Adams is going on trial for the murder of her wealthy husband before Judge John Murray, to whom she has been like a daughter since childhood. Despite this long, shared history, both the prosecutor and defense attorney agree that Murray should sit on the case, and Murray himself knows he must. For he believes that if he steps down and another judge is appointed, there will be little hope for Lillian. The prosecutor is a sadistic psychopath who will pervert the law to convict Lillian and do everything in his power to hurt Judge Murray. And Murray must save Lillian.  

Gerry Spence takes listeners through shocking twists and suspenseful courtroom scenes that only the great maestro of the courtroom himself could create. Court of Lies goes beyond being a great legal thriller. It questions the very basis of our legal system and its ability to discover the truth and deliver justice.

©2019 G. L. Spence and Lanelle P. Spence Living Trust (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • Ted
  • 2020-06-16

As Good A Courtroom Novel As Possible

15 Stars?

I've listened to some 600 Audible books. Most are Crime, Thriller, Legal fiction. Court of Lies is fine as any. How can Jerry Spence write fiction so well first time out? Yeah, the guy's a defense legend. So what? I know legends in a bunch of fields who can't write like this. He builds tension tighter than the way they used to wrap CDs.

No, this isn't the great American novel. It's a courtroom drama. Yet I'll not forget these characters anymore than legendary characters from Faulkner, Hemingway, Penn Warren or... The list's too long. And Spence was in his 90s when he created Judge John Murray. Yeah, you've gotta' suspend disbelief to feel the full impact of the tension Spence spins.

Adam Grupper's a terrific reader. I cannot understand the negatives some reviewers hurled at him. His talent in creating a memorable cast matches the very best. Grupper can disappear. OKAY, I know that doesn't sound like a compliment, but think about it... isn't that his job? Aren't we supposed to experience the nuances of an ensemble of characters the author's imagined without distraction from the interference of the reader? When I watch a truly great play, movie, or streamed drama... I don't want to come away from a powerful scene praising say, Di Niro. If I do, Di Niro (as is his want) has overacted, or badly acted... he's intruded.

Yeah, Spence plays with stereotypes and tropes as shorthanded devices to move his plot along. Uh-huh. this ain't the Great American Novel... wrote that already. What it is is a terrific courtroom drama (and whodunnit) that's good as it gets.

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  • Monte D. Fish
  • 2021-03-17

Nooks and Crannys

Such a humane investment. Normally I speculate the next turn. This is impossible to do that. Excellent story, well described. Great read.

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  • Granny P
  • 2021-03-03

Not For Me

I seldom write a review of a book but this one is so bad I felt I should make an exception. Bad writing. Bad narration. Even worse story. Nothing in this story is realistic. Do not waste your time on it.

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  • John
  • 2020-09-15

Great book- thanks Gerry

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An honest and decent judge is faced with a sleazy prosecutor risking his career and reputation.







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  • James
  • 2020-03-12

Brilliant Attorney doesn’t always translate.

Poor metaphors, similes and uninspired dialogue. Wish I had better reviews but I’m totally underwhelmed. This had the potential in plot form but the presentation and execution fail.

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  • Nesika Mission
  • 2019-09-04

great story

I see Gerry Spence through out this story! Enjoyed listening to it so much that I didn't want to stop. The next audible book I'm planning on listening to is win your argument, I have the book and have read it several times, in fact it helped me win a court case. Listening to Gerry read it to me is something I'm really looking forward to! I love hearing his voice! I have read almost all of Gerry Spence's books and have not found any I didn't like!

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  • Alexander B. Hume
  • 2021-08-02

Entertaining but not plausible.

This held my interest but it involves lawyers and judges behaving in a way no real lawyers and judges would ever act in count.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-29

Excellant

Many twist and turns. Surprised and enjoyed everyone. This is the first book I have listened to of this Author. Enjoyed it tremendously and hope Gerry's other books brings as much excitement as Court of Lies did. I highly recommend this book

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  • R. Pontiflet
  • 2020-09-21

Overall An Entertaining Story

This story is entertaining but you must suspend your disbelief to the edges of your outer limits! This is the kind of novel that spends the first half of the story mostly developing its characters which really helps the story a whole lot, and then the second half is where the storyline develops the drama which mostly takes place in the court room. I liked how a room full of characters were easily distinguished due to the excellent writing and narration. There are twists and turns that keep moving the story forward with a couple of "I didn't see that coming" especially the ending. I enjoyed the story and it did keep me wanting to know what happens next. Adam Gripper is a very skillful narrator. I hadn't heard him in a long while and I think his excellent narration kept me listening as well.

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  • lynedin
  • 2019-06-27

Couldn't take the narrator

The story was slow and with all the shouting and harsh voices presented by the narrator, I couldn't finish listening. Just gave up.

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