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Publisher's Summary

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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Thumbs up! Full of witty dialogues and inspiring characters!

This is the 2nd book I have read from this author. I really enjoy his literary style, and the character portrayal of Nate, as the reluctant defence lawyer who lost his wife too early, is both compelling and endearing. I would say the the plot-lines are a bit slow lacking in sophistication, but overall, the courtroom dramas are well developed and entertaining. I will keep on reading this series!

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Slow start

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Another Success

Thoroughly enjoyed this 2nd book by Michael Stagg. I listened to both Nate Sheppard books back to back and hope for more soon. Great read. Highly recommend. Thank you. :)

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  • House of Chaos
  • 2021-01-24

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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  • Scott
  • 2022-01-28

As if the author read my review of book 1

Through with book 2, it was as enjoyable as book 1, which I also reviewed and in there mentioned that there were several opportunities for twists and turns in book 1 that the author, Michael Stagg, did not take. That was my only critique \ disappointment with the book 1, that it was a little too straight forward.

And as if the author read my review, there is a twist in book 2. I'll not say when or where, so as not to spoil the story, suffice to say, because book 1 was was so straight forward, I did not see it coming. On to book 3: Blind Conviction. [Smile]

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  • JCinsinc
  • 2021-08-07

All American Attorney

I love the Nate Shepherd character and his values. I love that he is an incredible Uncle, brother, son and friend. Yes, and attorney! I can’t stop listening and I’m jumping to the next book after this review.

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  • Andrea R
  • 2021-03-03

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-01-19

EXCELLENT! I should have known but they gave me the slip!

Excellent book couldn’t wait to wake up and get back to it. This is book two and both are great. Narrator is my favorite. Drop a coin on it you won’t be disappointed!!!

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  • Gail
  • 2020-12-05

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-01-03

excellent book

awesome series and the reader is excellent. I have downloaded book one and two

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  • Harry
  • 2021-12-08

A must listen to series

The narrator is one of the best out there. Instead of just a reader, Newbern performs which keeps you engaged. The courtroom presentation are legit and are what take place everyday. I’m hooked on both the author and narrator.

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  • Colorado-reader
  • 2022-06-09

Best yet! Well Worth a Credit

It’s getting harder for me to find really good books with good narrators lately. “True Intent” got me out of the slump! Fast pace, good intrigue, & quality production came together for a great book!

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  • 2021-12-12

Great defense story.

I enjoy the rambling story that was interesting, intriguing, didn't know if she was innocent or guilty...

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  • Inés Kucharz
  • 2022-08-07

Another success

It takes until chapter 30 until we get into the courtroom this time, but the build-up is good. Again, like in the first book, characters are well-developed, though maybe a little sketchy. Contrary to the first book, here there is no last-minute brilliant idea, but a twist at the end (though you can see that one coming). Anyway, a great read/listen.