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Publisher's Summary

For more than a decade, Barry Slotnick never lost a case - no matter how notorious or dangerous his clients. 

Everyone deserves the best defense.

Known for his sharp mind, sharp suits, and bold courtroom strategies, Bronx-native Barry Slotnick is known as the best criminal lawyer in the US.

He calls himself “Liberty’s Last Champion”.

Slotnick mediates Bette Midler’s bathhouse contract and represents John Gotti, “The Dapper Don”. He defends “Subway Shooter” Bernie Goetz and negotiates future First Lady Melania Trump’s pre-nup.

His unparalleled legal brilliance defines a profession, a city - and an era.

©2021 James Patterson and Benjamin Wallace (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

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Not what I expected

Barry Slotnick has some incredible stories, but this book doesn't tell them. It reads like an old war dog reliving his glory days.

It's just a few highlights with no real details. For example, a weeks-long jury trial is summarized in a 4 minute chapter. Its the difference between reading an account of a trial on twitter versus the Atlantic. Just not my style. You could read a Wikipedia article and get the same out of it as this book.

Edit: I'm adding more because I keep thinking about how unsatisfying this book was. A lot of that has to do with my expectations. They were high. I really wanted to like this book. I thought it would read like Empire of Pain--all the sordid details brought to light in a gripping narrative. Or maybe like a Grisham novel--a bit of mystery as the protagonist fights through adversity to put together a winning case.

This book is just a completely different type of story telling. It reminds me of that guy you knew in high school who caught that one pass during a mid-season game. There's no story, just reminiscing.

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Good account of extraordinary defense attorney

Recommended for fans of courtroom books. Patterson offers many colorful anecdotes about Slotnick, and focuses on a couple of his most celebrated victories. I wish he had told each story sequentially, rather than cutting back and forth between them, which makes them harder to follow.

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Interesting read; needs a better narrator

The story is very interesting but the reader is stilted and sounds uncomfortable with his story. I assumer he's related somehow but this would have been even better with another reader.

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The story line was amazing as usual with James Patterson. However, the narration was awful. Sounded like he reading a grocery list with no emotion or anticipation. And his enunciation of certain words hurt my ears.

James Patterson is an amazing writer, but this narrator did him no justice.

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Narration was painful

Decent story, although it really feel flat. Narration was awful and distracted from what should have been a more impactful story.

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Boring .. poorly written ..confusing …..goes on and on ..lost interest ..could not follow so many characters

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Amazing

I loved hearing the story read by his son. It gave a perspective of criminal hearings not often heard.

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book. I had never heard of Slotnick so hearing some of his best cases only didn’t bother me. I did feel like the reading was very monotone but his accent was perfect for the story. I definitely recommend this book!

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not great . but tolerable the storyline was good but the narrator was awful.

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Dislike commentator and way story read. I prefer the actual characters to the "being read to".