Review: A Criminal Defense – Steven Gore

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harper (July 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062025074
ISBN-13: 978-0062025074
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Harlan Donnally – SF Court Special Master
Ramon Navarro – San Francisco Police Officer


The body of a San Francisco Lawyer is found hanging in the shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge. The body is that of Mark Hamlin, his pants are down around his ankles, and he is in a rather “excited” state.


This was a novel where you had to pay attention, there was a lot of background and a lot of character development. The plot was rather simple. Harry Donnally is appointed the position of Special Master in an investigation to determine who killed Mark Hamlin. As the investigation unfolds, there are twists and turns galore.

This is the second novel in what is said to be a trilogy. Having not read the first novel, I can’t tell how they all fit together. However, after reading this one, I would definitely consider going back to read the first. While the basic plot was rather simple, the characters, their history, motivation, and other puzzle pieces end up making it a rather complicated and intellectual mystery thriller. For thrillers fans, I’d definitely recommend this. Rated PG-13 for adult situations and content. Grab a copy, give it a read, and drop back by and let us know what you thought.

About the Author

Steven Gore is a former private investigator whose thrillers draw on his investigations of murder, fraud, money laundering, organized crime, political corruption, and drug, sex, and arms trafficking in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Gore has been featured on 60 Minutes for his work and has been honored for excellence in his field. He is trained in forensic science and has lecturedto professional organizations on a wide range of legal and criminal subjects.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Heidi at Harper Collins for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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