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You can pick your friends, they say, but you can't pick your family. And lately, Mike Daley's family has been keeping him very busy. An ex-priest, ex-public defender, and ex-corporate lawyer, Daley and his former wife, Rosie Fernandez, now run their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. Most of their cases are fairly small-time, which is why it would be surprising that the person accused of murdering movie director Richard (Big Dick) MacArthur is calling them - except that the accused is Rosie's own niece, Angelina. That case is bad enough, but the family problems don't end there: Rosie's brother, Tony, may be on the wrong end of a strong-arm graft proposal; the son of one of the firm's lawyers has just been busted on a drug charge; Mike is having a clandestine affair with a woman judge... and Rosie herself has a dark secret that may make all of it seem irrelevant.

An intricate plot, immensely likeable characters, powerful suspense, and more than a touch of humor-these have already become Siegel's hallmarks. Criminal Intent will keep you turning pages until its final, surprising end.

©2002 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc. (P)2012 Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc.

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Soooo Disappointing1

I thought there were some flaws in the story line...felt many of the conversations were repetitive. I could have overlooked that slight flaw but what ruined the book was the narration...I could barely get through the very bad accents of the supporting characters....one sounded like he was speaking with a mouthful of marbles and another who was supposed to be Hispanic sounded Irish. Then there was the pronunciation of Marin (MA - rin) ---(not MAR-in). To someone who's lived in and loves the Bay Area, it was like screeching chalk on a blackboard. Still love Rosie and Mike, though.

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Lots of intrigue and suspense!

Criminal Intent is Book 3 in the seven book Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez legal thriller series. The first 5 books are available in audiobook format and all seven are available in Kindle ebook format. Audible does not list this series as a series. The novels were released between 2000 and 2010 inclusive. The novels in order written are Special Circumstances, Incriminating Evidence, Criminal Intent, Final Verdict, The Confession, Judgement Day, and Perfect Alibi. Daley and Fernandez are law partners who were once married but now divorced. Daley is also an ex-priest. The pair have a 10 year old daughter.

Criminal Intent is an excellent legal thriller, but in my view it is the weakest novel in the superb seven book series. The intrigue is over the top.

I recommend the entire Daley/Fernandez series.

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Want Entertainment? Buy This

Criminal Intent IS NOT The Great American Novel. It is a legal/murder mystery. Mike Daley & Rosie Fernandez have had fine chemistry since Special Circumstances -the first novel in Sheldon Siegel's series. In fact, you'd do well starting with that book and enjoying their growth through Criminal Intent.

Here they wrestle with movie moguls, real estate developers, community organizers, and shabby politicians in San Fransisco. Apparently neither Bill Godfrey nor any of the production staff have ever visited that city or they'd pronounce place names accurately. The mispronouncing is repetitive and ripped my attention away from the narrative. Still, even with this irritant, it's the sort of book that makes cleaning the dishes, or mowing the lawn totally bearable.

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Poor quality recording of a decent story

The story was decent as was the performance, but there were many distracting sounds in the background throughout the recording. Frequently sounded like doors closing or objects dropping-- at times enough so that it pulled me out of the story and reminded me I was sitting in traffic.

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Great Story Horrible recording

Tim Campbell narrated the first 2 books in this series and did a great job and he set the standards for what the characters sound like. This Bill Godfrey guy not only did a bad job changing the voices, pronouncing the words, the recording sounds like it was done on a subway at times with background noise.

I don't understand why authors change narrators.

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Joseph W

outstanding book, great storyline and punchline love the ending! highly recommended! Get this book now.

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Great Story with Characters worth getting to know

This the third audio book in the series I cannot get enough of. It is not just a series of good legal thrillers; it the story of a family loving one another and growing together.

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narrator was boring

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Couldn't get through 1st hour

Way to ruin a book.
The narrator was just AWFUL. No way can I put up with him for 10 hours.
I'm skipping to next book. Back to Tim Campbell.

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Fulton

Criminal intent by Spending Swivel Enjoy ed this book (Audible) . Didn't disappoint me. I have several booked by this author and I enjoy his style of wrighting.

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  • Susan Whitehead
  • 03-16-19

Criminal Intent

Not as good as his other novels, l think l will give him a rest now.

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  • Sean
  • 02-14-19

Absolutely awful

Sorry but it rambles on like an extended soap opera about the characters family and a daft attempt to independently pre investigate a murder instead of addressing the evidence produced. Maybe it goes somewhere but I don't know since I had to give up because it was like a depressing monologue by someone you'd avoid in the pub.
I don't know how it got published

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  • Brombo
  • 06-01-18

Tedious

I feel really let down by this author. It's a poor story made so much worse by the plot wandering off into Woman's Hour territory with repeated personal relationship discussions. He can't even give us a decent dialogue for these exchanges. And why is it necessary to feature his ex wife's cancer problems? I thought I was buying a fast moving legal thriller but these distractions just stop the momentum dead. The book irritated me no end and finally lost my interest. A word too on the narration, eloquent enough maybe but so undramatic and delivered in such a flat tone that it does nothing to lift the dreariness. If I was Mr Siegel I'd get a new editor!

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  • sue mashmoor
  • 11-13-17

nice story but.....

Mr. Godfrey's voice drove me insane-I think I could have done a better job with the variations.

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  • Mr N.
  • 04-13-18

Just Terrible.

This was one of the most difficult books to listen to for many reasons. It sounds like it was recorded in someone's bathroom, with constant background noises!! The story was very difficult to follow, constantly changing from one storyline to the next and I didn't enjoy the performance. Kept going hoping it would get better and it Didn't!! wish I'd given up when I first wanted to!!

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  • Mrs Marion D Westlake
  • 12-17-17

Poor narration

Clicks and clunks. Also inconsistant volume. I think recording was done in his front room very amateur.

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