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Motion to Dismiss (Kali O'Brien series Book 3)

Motion to Dismiss (Kali O'Brien series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jonnie Jacobs
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San Francisco attorney Kali O'Brien knows that in the legal system, reality can be shaded but she doesn’t like clients who lie to her. That’s what she has in Grady Barrett, a wealthy computer magnate married to Kali's best friend, who is arraigned in the rape of Deirdre Nicholas. Grady’s claim that the sex was consensual doesn't excuse the hurt he’s caused his wife and his reputation, and puts Kali in a bind because she doesn’t believe him. Especially in the shadow of Deirdre's vivid, emotional, and thoroughly convincing deposition--damning testimony that Barrett maintains is a clever and manipulative web of lies spun to trap him. Then Deirdre plunges to her death from a second-story balcony. A tragic accident? Or cold-blooded murder? Now, bound to a client she can’t trust, Kali finds herself straddling a fine line.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3744 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could be Jonnie Jacob's break-out book 8 Jan. 1999
By A Customer
Kali O'Brien used to have a law practice in the San Francisco Bay area before she decided to rent out her home and relocate in Silver Creek. However, she needs to return home, so, ironically, becomes a tenant in her own home. Kali's best friend attorney Nina Barrett asked Kali to take over her Berkley-based practice because the pregnant woman has cancer and cannot start chemo until after the baby can safely be birthed.
While Kali will do anything for Nina, she never liked her friend's spouse Grady. Thus, when a woman accuses Grady of date rape, Kali reluctantly agrees to represent the man. However, the situation worsens when someone murders the accuser. The police arrest Grady because most of the evidence points to his being the perpetrator. Kali begins to dig for the truth even though her quest places her in peril.
Before this novel, Jonnie Jacobs deserved fame and fortune for her brilliant novels. MOTION TO DISMISS should be that break out book that provides her a best seller. The legal procedural delves into the pre-trial aspects of the justice system. The characters seem human, making readers either love or hate the individual. The flawed lead character demonstrates the inner strength of a woman with the fortitude to do what it takes to get the job done. Readers will want the likable Kali to make encore appearances.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A can't-put-it-down legal mystery 16 Mar. 1999
By A Customer
Kali O'Brien is back with her third case. She is helping a friend who is suffering from cancer while enduring a dangerous pregnancy. While she enjoys being in the Bay Area, she is somewhat uncomfortable with her friend's law partner, who was Kali's lover in law school. The affair ended with Kali hurt and humiliated. She still feels the attraction for Marc. This complication appears to be the least of her worries, when her friend's husband, Grady, is accused of rape. Kali has never been fond of Grady and believes he is quite capable of this behavior. However, for her friend's sake, she will defend him. The murder of the alleged rape victim provides an even tougher case. Well written with an exciting climax, "Motion to Dismiss" is an exciting novel that will keep you up way past your usual bedtime.
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A married man has a one night fling, is accused of rape. When the woman dies under suspicious circumstances, he's arrested for her murder. As the evidence mounts against him, even his attorney doubts his innocence. The legal presentation is fascinating and rings true. But what really drew me to this book were the characters and the iterplay between them. Kali O'Brien (the attorney) is a friend of her client's wife. She is also paired on the case with an ex-lover, whose bizzare behavior leads her to supect that he might be involved in the murder. The killer is revealed by a clever twist. I couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breakout Thriller 8 Feb. 1999
By A Customer
This is a great book. I've enjoyed the others in the series, but MOTION TO DISMISS, takes Kali to a new level. The plot is intriguing and the pacing suspenseful, but what makes this book stand out in my mind are the characters. All of the main characters are flawed and complex human beings. They are very real and believably unpredictable. There are lots of weighty issues to ponder here, but they never get in the way of the story. This is an author to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and suspenseful 1 April 1999
By A Customer
This is the first book I've read by this author, but I'm eager to read the others in the series. The writing is smooth, the characters believably imperfect and the storyline compelling. I was drawn in from the start and couldn't put it down. There's not a lot of heavy courtroom activity, and what there is moves along at a quick and suspenseful clip. Kali is a likable sleuth who is fighting her own demons but tries always to make ethical choices.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Summer Read 21 Jun. 1999
By A Customer
I am a sucker for court room dramas and although this book kind of by passes that (hint: the title) there is enough legalesse in it that I was held a captive audience of one. I was really grateful I found a book I could read that held my attention. I didn't find the payoff that rewarding, but it was plausible. The characters were fine, not real three dimensional, but enough to be individualized. I will read her other earlier works for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fast-paced and suspenseful with a surprise ending 22 Jun. 1999
By A Customer
I read this book at the suggestion of a friend (I'm not a big fan of legal thrillers) and really enjoyed it. There's plenty of courtroom action, but it's presented in such a way that what you see are the people more than the legal two-step. In fact, it's the characters that make this book good and that delineate it from many others in the genre. Kali O'Brien is a complex and likable narrator I'm looking forward to seeing again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling novel 10 Mar. 1999
By A Customer
I read the first chapter of this book thinking that I would save the rest until I'd finished a major project I'd started. Didn't work. I kept reading and my weekend was shot. The plot is suspenseful and gripping, and the characters are all interesting. The plot premise is a fascinating one, and the author handles it with insight. I've enjoyed all the books in this series, but his is clearly a step above.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Slow and predictable a chore to finish it
Published 3 months ago by Pauline from Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
A good book that keeps you guessing until the end. One of her best books yet. A must read. I couldn't put it down!
Published 3 months ago by lizgherardi
4.0 out of 5 stars predictable but pleasant
a timr-passer with legal(US) issues which I quite enjoyed,although I coulad tell who themurder was committed by very early on. (not boasting,it was not difficult) . Read more
Published 7 months ago by kate from worthing
3.0 out of 5 stars Will look forward to reading more in this series
This my first read of a Jonnie Jacobs book and this is the 3rd in the series featuring Kali O'Brien. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lili
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Very enjoyable and would read books from the same author. A little light on the legal side but still absorbing.
Published 7 months ago by mark stephenson
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I enjoy legal mysterys so when this came up decided to give a go. Good story line, characters feel real. Just bought a few more by ms Jacobs. I don't think I will be disappointed
Published 9 months ago by David L
3.0 out of 5 stars Motion to Dismiss
Never really got into this book until half way through, when suddenly I found
myself enjoying the twists and turns. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SandraM
2.0 out of 5 stars A fast read that thoroughly disappointed at the end
"Motion to Dismiss" is a fast read with semi-interesting characters. However, though the plot kept going in a singular direction, it appears to me that the author... Read more
Published on 20 Mar. 1999
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