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Publisher's Summary

A client savagely kills a man to protect a friend. A lawyer with secrets must prove it was justified.

Attorney Nate Shepherd left a big firm to go out on his own. He sees nothing but opportunity when an out-of-town lawyer wants to hire him as local counsel on a high-profile murder case. Though his family worries that the case hits too close to home, Nate joins the defense team.

When circumstances force him to take on a bigger role, Nate ignores his family’s fears and throws himself into his client’s defense. But as he digs deeper, every aspect of the case raises memories of a terrible event that Nate has tried his best to bury.

Battling an aggressive prosecutor in court and a dogged reporter outside it, Nate fights to prove that his client’s brutal, bloody slaying of an evil victim was right. But when Nate’s own story is exposed, it threatens his client’s freedom...and Nate’s carefully constructed life. Can he fend off his own demons long enough to save his client?

This is the first 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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Couldn’t finish it

Flippant delivery. Dumb plot. Meh characters. Did not engage my curiosity or imagination. Couldn’t relate.

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Fantastic. Happily surprised. Highly recommend.

I really enjoyed it. I found Nate Sheppard character 1 of my new favorites and cant wait to listen to the next book. The narrator George Newbern really brought Nate to life.

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lethal defence

loved this book. the story was interesting and the narrator the best I have heard.

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  • Wayne
  • 2021-04-07

Outstanding legal thriller

An unwinnable first degree murder case falls into the lap of a civil law attorney. He is forced to defend a man who readily admits he killed someone who he believed was going to hurt his friend. Author Michael Stagg writes a great legal story that is realistic and credible. Protagonist Nate Shepherd is likeable without being overly heroic. George Newbern does a fine job of narrating. I just purchased the next two audio books in the Nate Shepherd series.

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  • Edward Allstot
  • 2021-01-06

Spectacular

This new series was a fantastic find! Just found this author while looking for books narrated by George Newbern. I liked it very much and listened to the whole book in only a few nights. The writing flowed well, and the characters were excellent. The author makes the book interesting while throwing in just the right amount of humor. Michael Stagg's new series is binge-worthy material. I will begin listening to "True Intent," the second in the series tonight. George Newbern's narration was exceptional for this book.

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  • Kevin A
  • 2021-01-21

Fantastic

I don't leave reviews very often, mainly because I'm right on to my next book. I'm leaving a review for Lethal Defense, because it was riveting. I was hooked from chapter one and it never slowed down. The narration was epic, the characters superb and the story was enthralling. I'm so looking forward to the next book in this series!

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  • Gail
  • 2020-12-05

Michael Stagg — a real find

Hat a please surprise! Outstanding in all phases. My new favorite author. If you like a good court room drama it is a must read.

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 2020-11-28

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NO SPOILERS!! I was hoping for something more riveting but it was very hum drum. The only thing spectacular was the narrator and if it wasn’t for him I would have quit.

You will like this book if you like legal dramas... I would not consider this a legal thriller.

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  • Michael
  • 2021-06-21

Expected outcome, but enjoyable read

There was never a doubt as to the crime and who committed it. You had to expect the outcome for a feel good book. Nevertheless the narrator made it easy listening and enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-06-17

enjoyed with a good feeling

this is a good story although I felt it had a slow start to get to the changing of lawyers after that everything went on as quickly as it could and I enjoyed it very much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-05

good one

loved the narrator ,no complaints good listening ...think most people would enjoy...not your typical courtroom drama

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  • S. Reid
  • 2021-06-02

Great Story

I loved this book. I saw some negative comments but still bought it because I love legal thrillers. I really enjoyed the story. Written well and narrated well.

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  • Alice
  • 2021-05-07

It's OK, but not my cup of tea....

I hate to leave "meh" reviews on books because I'm a writer myself and I KNOW how hard it is to write a book, especially a mystery. I guess I just never really "cared" about most of the characters. The "rock stars" seemed childish to an extreme and the rest were just kind of meh. I did like Nate Shepherd but about half way through I was just bored and skipped around to find out the verdict and then hit the stop button. That narrator was good though.