Missing Witness

Missing Witness

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In this electrifying debut thriller, a brilliant defense lawyer takes on a murder case with ingenious twists

Phoenix, Arizona, 1973. A beautiful woman, armed with a gun and accompanied by her twelve-year-old daughter, enters a house. Shots are fired. The woman and her daughter leave the house. Inside, her husband lies dead.

The case seems open and shut. The cops, the attorney general's office, and the media are certain the woman is guilty. The only witness to the shooting is in a catatonic state and cannot testify. But the murdered man's wealthy father believes he owes the woman something and hires Dan Morgan, the best lawyer in Phoenix, to defend her.

When the legendary criminal attorney takes on a case it's to win, no matter what the odds. But for Morgan and his young prot#65533;g#65533;, Doug McKenzie, there are no easy answers, only mysteries, and the question of innocence and guilt take on profound new meaning.

Combining the riveting suspense of Presumed Innocent with the raw ambition and power of All the King's Men, this full-bodied novel introduces a writer of great skill and insight into the human character.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow/HarperCollins, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061337512
006133751X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Campbell
Characteristics: 431 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Missing witness : a novel

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ChristchurchLib Oct 14, 2013

"With a strongly depicted setting (Phoenix, Arizona) and an expert's grasp of legal matters, author Gordon Campbell impressed reviewers with his debut, in which lawyers must defend the 12-year-old girl they've just proved is guilty of her father's murder. Narrated by a newbie associate who works with famed trial lawyer Dan Morgan, Missing Witness is a "page-turner that is also a fascinating primer on the law" (Booklist). Fans of Scott Turow's provocative plots won't want to miss it." Thrillers and Suspense October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=688170

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athena14
May 26, 2012

A throwback motive--being a closeted lesbian is all it takes to make a murderer--is ridiculous.

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VRMurphy
Feb 29, 2012

Great read, but sure sign of a first novel is that the ending fizzles a bit. Will look forward to more from this author, tho.

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nhoj
Mar 31, 2011

A novice lawyer and a veteran become associates who get a woman off of a murder conviction by proving her daughter did it only to end up defending the daughter on the same murder charge.
A good read by this first time author.

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Books100
Feb 03, 2011

Very well written legal thriller, with one main character mentoring another on the fine points of law, and trial process. This may be tedious for some, but I loved it. A different approach.

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