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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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  • Wayne
  • 07-04-21

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
  • 06-01-21

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
  • 21-01-21

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
  • 05-12-20

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
  • 28-11-20

Just Blah

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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  • Alice
  • 07-05-21

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.

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  • Dawn Erwin
  • 05-05-21

Painfully lame

If you have any criminal legal background…. don’t bother . I made it through 5 minutes and that was too much

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  • Tam
  • 18-04-21

Fantastic series. Narrated well...

Kudos to the narrator. The reading was spot on and seemed to follow the author's intention, throughout. (Which, to me, is the most important aspect of a narrated book... it HAS to sound the way it would in my head, if I were reading the book myself.)

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  • Peggy in DC
  • 12-04-21

Good working on Great!

well done performance but dialogue predictable.
gross details of one character yet human side of story quite good - just no Great yet. will continue the series..

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  • Larry rowe
  • 12-04-21

Lethal Defense

This was one of the best novels I have listened to in a long time. George Newbern is also one of the best narrators I’ve listened to. John Grisham finally has some competition. Thanks for a great Read.

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  • VJ
  • 01-03-21

Thoroughly Enjoyable Legal Novel

Great storyline, plot and characters.
I was captivated from the first chapter and the story unfolded without any dull moments.
Well narrated - good characterisation.
Will be listening to more by this author & narrator!

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  • Judith
  • 23-02-21

A great discovery.

I’m so pleased that I gave this a try. I love legal thrillers and this one sits nicely in that genre. I would have liked a bit more explanation re the back story and a twist would have been a good addition. It’s a straight forward work a day legal story.