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FELONY MURDER RULE is the eighth book in the legal thriller series featuring Mike Daley & Rosie Fernandez. "I was just sitting in the car." In the eighth installment of New York Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel's iconic San Francisco series, Mike Daley and ex-wife Rosie Fernandez face new challenges and stare down old demons as they return to work at the San Francis FELONY MURDER RULE is the eighth book in the legal thriller series featuring Mike Daley & Rosie Fernandez. "I was just sitting in the car." In the eighth installment of New York Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel's iconic San Francisco series, Mike Daley and ex-wife Rosie Fernandez face new challenges and stare down old demons as they return to work at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office where they had started their careers and their relationship twenty years earlier. Mike and Rosie are now the co-heads of the Felony Division, where they spend more time running the office and supervising younger attorneys than trying cases. That changes quickly when Mike is visited by Melinda Nguyen, whose son, Thomas, a high school senior, is about to go on trial for murder. Thomas has been arrested under California's archaic "felony murder rule," which says you can be can be convicted of first degree murder if you're present when someone is killed during the course of a felony, even if you don't pull the trigger. The charge against Thomas shows the absurd limits of this legal doctrine. He was sitting outside in the car when a friend entered a liquor store in San Francisco's teeming Tenderloin District and allegedly flashed a gun. The shopkeeper pulled out an AR-15 and calmly filled the alleged robber's chest with bullets. Thomas is charged with murder even though he never entered the store. Thomas fires his original lawyer on the eve of trial after she recommends acceptance of a plea bargain. With nowhere else to turn, his mother petitions for help from the Public Defender's Office, and Mike agrees to handle the trial scheduled to start four days later. As the evidence mounts against Thomas, it tests Mike and Rosie's legal skills and relationship. Their stress is compounded by the fact that Thomas and his mother may have a connection to Mike's older brother, Tommy, who died in Vietnam forty years earlier. Aided by Mike's brother, Pete, a private investigator, and Rosie's niece, Rolanda, a top-notch young attorney at the P.D.'s Office, Mike and Rosie face their most compelling challenge yet as they race to represent their client and try to find closure for old wounds. An intricate plot, immensely likeable characters, powerful suspense, and a touch of humor are Sheldon Siegel's hallmarks. In Felony Murder Rule, readers will discover once again why reviewers have called Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez two of the most compelling and beloved characters in contemporary crime fiction.


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FELONY MURDER RULE is the eighth book in the legal thriller series featuring Mike Daley & Rosie Fernandez. "I was just sitting in the car." In the eighth installment of New York Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel's iconic San Francisco series, Mike Daley and ex-wife Rosie Fernandez face new challenges and stare down old demons as they return to work at the San Francis FELONY MURDER RULE is the eighth book in the legal thriller series featuring Mike Daley & Rosie Fernandez. "I was just sitting in the car." In the eighth installment of New York Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel's iconic San Francisco series, Mike Daley and ex-wife Rosie Fernandez face new challenges and stare down old demons as they return to work at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office where they had started their careers and their relationship twenty years earlier. Mike and Rosie are now the co-heads of the Felony Division, where they spend more time running the office and supervising younger attorneys than trying cases. That changes quickly when Mike is visited by Melinda Nguyen, whose son, Thomas, a high school senior, is about to go on trial for murder. Thomas has been arrested under California's archaic "felony murder rule," which says you can be can be convicted of first degree murder if you're present when someone is killed during the course of a felony, even if you don't pull the trigger. The charge against Thomas shows the absurd limits of this legal doctrine. He was sitting outside in the car when a friend entered a liquor store in San Francisco's teeming Tenderloin District and allegedly flashed a gun. The shopkeeper pulled out an AR-15 and calmly filled the alleged robber's chest with bullets. Thomas is charged with murder even though he never entered the store. Thomas fires his original lawyer on the eve of trial after she recommends acceptance of a plea bargain. With nowhere else to turn, his mother petitions for help from the Public Defender's Office, and Mike agrees to handle the trial scheduled to start four days later. As the evidence mounts against Thomas, it tests Mike and Rosie's legal skills and relationship. Their stress is compounded by the fact that Thomas and his mother may have a connection to Mike's older brother, Tommy, who died in Vietnam forty years earlier. Aided by Mike's brother, Pete, a private investigator, and Rosie's niece, Rolanda, a top-notch young attorney at the P.D.'s Office, Mike and Rosie face their most compelling challenge yet as they race to represent their client and try to find closure for old wounds. An intricate plot, immensely likeable characters, powerful suspense, and a touch of humor are Sheldon Siegel's hallmarks. In Felony Murder Rule, readers will discover once again why reviewers have called Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez two of the most compelling and beloved characters in contemporary crime fiction.

30 review for Felony Murder Rule

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    4 stars for book 8 in the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez series. I started reading this series 5 years ago and I have enjoyed every single one. This book can be read as a stand alone, however the series works better if read in order. This book reveals a family connection to Mike's brother Tommy, killed in the Vietnam war. The title refers to the Felony murder rule which says that if you are an accomplice to a murder, you can be charged with that murder. The DA has charged Thomas Nguyen with murder u 4 stars for book 8 in the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez series. I started reading this series 5 years ago and I have enjoyed every single one. This book can be read as a stand alone, however the series works better if read in order. This book reveals a family connection to Mike's brother Tommy, killed in the Vietnam war. The title refers to the Felony murder rule which says that if you are an accomplice to a murder, you can be charged with that murder. The DA has charged Thomas Nguyen with murder under this rule, even though he didn't know his alleged accomplice, Duc Tho, had a gun or might try to rob a liquor store. The store owner shot Duc Tho dead and Thomas is being charged with murder. I can't reveal more without going into spoiler territory. I read this book in 3 days, reading 200 pages yesterday alone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    This septuagenarian will recommend this book. After reading and enjoying all the books in this series Mike and Rosie characters became part of my circle of friends. Mike finds out what happened to his brother in Vietnam War. Thomas is high school senior arrested for felony murder, mother asks Mike to defend her son. There are very interesting characters around to help Mike, even Rosie takes time from her campaign to help him defend Thomas. Detailed information about Felony Murder charge was inter This septuagenarian will recommend this book. After reading and enjoying all the books in this series Mike and Rosie characters became part of my circle of friends. Mike finds out what happened to his brother in Vietnam War. Thomas is high school senior arrested for felony murder, mother asks Mike to defend her son. There are very interesting characters around to help Mike, even Rosie takes time from her campaign to help him defend Thomas. Detailed information about Felony Murder charge was interesting.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Defranc

    Excellent courtroom drama, with characters at their best Another wonderful courtroom thriller involving Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. A controversial law in which a person sitting in the car may be charged with murder if the person he is with enters a store and kills someone, or is killed during the crime. It has been used and approved, but Mike takes the case in hope of getting around it. Great writing, plots and storyline propel you through the book. All characters are well-written, quick,wit Excellent courtroom drama, with characters at their best Another wonderful courtroom thriller involving Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. A controversial law in which a person sitting in the car may be charged with murder if the person he is with enters a store and kills someone, or is killed during the crime. It has been used and approved, but Mike takes the case in hope of getting around it. Great writing, plots and storyline propel you through the book. All characters are well-written, quick,witty dialogue with a very fast pace, the story does not let up. Enjoyable read with characters that feel like long lost friends, I am so happy to see Mike and Rosie back . This could be read as a standalone book,easily, but it is a great series for those who enjoy courtroom stories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Lawyers Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez return for an eighth time in author Sheldon Siegel's, "Felony Murder Rule". Daley and Fernandez now work in the public defenders office as bureaucrats no long trying cases in court. Daughter Grace is now in college so the pair of lawyers are starting to age. Mike receives a visit from Melinda Nguyen who drops a pretty significant bomb onto Daley. Melinda's son Thomas is charged under the felony murder rule as being accused as a "getaway" driver in a liquor Lawyers Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez return for an eighth time in author Sheldon Siegel's, "Felony Murder Rule". Daley and Fernandez now work in the public defenders office as bureaucrats no long trying cases in court. Daughter Grace is now in college so the pair of lawyers are starting to age. Mike receives a visit from Melinda Nguyen who drops a pretty significant bomb onto Daley. Melinda's son Thomas is charged under the felony murder rule as being accused as a "getaway" driver in a liquor store holdup. The armed robber Duc Tho who after entering the store was killed in self defense by liquor store owner Ortega Cruz. The police rolled up on a unsuspecting Thomas sitting out in car with no idea his partner was killed while trying to rob the place. This however is only a small part of news Melinda has surprised Mike with. Melinda will wind back time to Viet Nam and information about Mike's older brother Thomas who was K.I.A in 1974. Jumping onto the case and getting brother Pete to investigate the Daley's want to get answers. With an unusual set of characters like 90 yr. old "Nick The Dick" Hanson, and Brian "The Lion Of the Loin" Holton, author Sheldon Siegel knows how to spin an interesting yarn. Although the plot was low and plodding it did read fairly quickly. Covering just over 300 pages, "Felony Murder Rule", is not as sharp and snappy as previous Daley/ Fernandez outings. I'm giving "Felony Murder Rule" three stars out of a possible five stars. This one is an obvious slip in an otherwise pretty good series. I do recommend it for all those Daley/ Fernandez fans. If this is where series ends it's been a pretty good run. If another entry in series is coming out, it'll need a good shot of electricity in plot and characters to over overcome this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terri Lynn

    Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez are the co-heads of the Felony Division of the San Francisco Public Defender's office (Rosie is running to head the whole Public Defender office). They are divorced but get along well, have sleepovers have sex, and are co-parenting their son and daughter. It is all VERY cozy. Though neither Mike nor Rosie actually do any work in court anymore, Mike gets a visit from a Vietnamese woman Melinda Nyguyen who is now an American citizen. Her 18 year old high school senio Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez are the co-heads of the Felony Division of the San Francisco Public Defender's office (Rosie is running to head the whole Public Defender office). They are divorced but get along well, have sleepovers have sex, and are co-parenting their son and daughter. It is all VERY cozy. Though neither Mike nor Rosie actually do any work in court anymore, Mike gets a visit from a Vietnamese woman Melinda Nyguyen who is now an American citizen. Her 18 year old high school senior son Thomas Nyguyen is going on trial for first degree murder and has just fired his lawyer for pressuring him to take a plea deal days before the trial is to begin. She is poor enough to qualify her son for a public defender but wants him to personally defend him and she shocks him by claiming she is the daughter of his brother who died in Vietnam. Mike winds up doing it but it doesn't look good for the defense. He, Rosie, her lawyer niece Rolanda and their team will need to do a lot of fancy footwork. I do have one complaint. This case would NOT qualify for California's felony murder rule. Under that rule if you commit a felony and it leads to someone's death even if you didn't intend to kill that person, you can be charged with first degree murder. Examples would be if you were an arsonist and set a business on fire one night not knowing that the owner was sleeping in the back and not intending to kill him, you get charged with murder if he dies or if you go in to rob a store and a cashier or customer has a heart attack and dies, you get charged with murder. The reason why the felony murder rule would NOT apply in this case is Thomas was riding as a passenger in his friend's car on the way to party when the friend stopped to go in a store and buy beer to take to the party. Thomas waited in the car. His friend walked in, smiled at the owner's daughter, and-pow-the Latino owner killed him with 6 shots from a gun that is illegal to possess in California. His friend is dead and the Latino claimed he thought he was there to rob him and said it was self-defense though no gun was seen. Thomas' friend was not the one who did any killing and Thomas was in the car. The rule would not apply.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jool

    Absolutely fantastic series - and every book was just as good as the other. I will be reading all of Sheldon Siegel's books. Absolutely fantastic series - and every book was just as good as the other. I will be reading all of Sheldon Siegel's books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rita Dempski

    Wow Great book...Enjoyed how it was written...Also, Out of the many books I've read, this book had a wonderful ending. Thank you for the great read, Mr. Siegel Wow Great book...Enjoyed how it was written...Also, Out of the many books I've read, this book had a wonderful ending. Thank you for the great read, Mr. Siegel

  8. 5 out of 5

    Scott Cowan

    Great series worthy of reading all the books I greatly enjoy the stories and the character development throughout the series. I have read them all and I am hopeful there will be another one to read in the near future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    This book is the 8th in Sheldon Siegel's legal series that features Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez as San Francisco public defenders. In this story, their job is to come up with a defense for a local Vietnamese teenager being tried for murder as an innocent accomplise to the crime. Full of San Francisco color as well as a long shot investigation and knee jerk courtroom tactics, the book keeps readers intrigued to the last page. This book is the 8th in Sheldon Siegel's legal series that features Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez as San Francisco public defenders. In this story, their job is to come up with a defense for a local Vietnamese teenager being tried for murder as an innocent accomplise to the crime. Full of San Francisco color as well as a long shot investigation and knee jerk courtroom tactics, the book keeps readers intrigued to the last page.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Midwest Geek

    This is an short entry in the series, just a little more than 7 hours long (320 pages in paperback) and is one of Siegel's best (of the four in this series I've read.) The set-up and time frame is a little far-fetched, but how many times have I said that "truth is stranger than fiction"? So I had no difficulty in suspending disbelief for the purposes of listening to the book. It is a good legal mystery, although the outcome was never really in doubt (at least, not in my mind.) The Five W's were This is an short entry in the series, just a little more than 7 hours long (320 pages in paperback) and is one of Siegel's best (of the four in this series I've read.) The set-up and time frame is a little far-fetched, but how many times have I said that "truth is stranger than fiction"? So I had no difficulty in suspending disbelief for the purposes of listening to the book. It is a good legal mystery, although the outcome was never really in doubt (at least, not in my mind.) The Five W's were sufficient to sustain my interest. Tim Campbell's reading is excellent, although not exceptional. This story deals with two issues in the life of the unlikely duo Daley/Fernandez: (1) the "California felony murder rule", and (2) what ultimately happened to Mike's older brother Tom, whose plane was shot down in Vietnam. In case you think that the felony murder rule is confined to crazy Californians, be aware that it exists in some form in 46 states as well as in some other countries. For good reason, IMO; the general rule is that if a murder is committed in the course of a felony, it doesn't really depend on which of the perpetrators actually did the deed, they are all equally responsible. However, the law has frequently been written so that it can be applied too broadly, as is explained and demonstrated in this novel. For example, in the case in point, it can even apply if none of the perpetrators committed a murder, but one of them is killed! As for details of this and the second issue, there are lots of other 4* reviews that you can read, and since I agree with most, I will not repeat their sentiments. To those readers/reviewers who may be skeptical that the "felony murder rule" would not apply in this case, I remind them that Sheldon Siegel is a long-practicing attorney in San Francisco. He even comments on the rule and may respond to your questions. I would strongly encourage you not to start the series with this book unless the only thing you care about is the legal issue.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Koula

    law I like mysteries. In this case law. Makes me want to go read up on law for my state which I know can be different by state. I liked the story line. While I read I thought good grief what a crazy law, and we know by state there are some real winners. I would recommend this books to those who like reading about law and the goings on in the courtroom.

  12. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    First Sentence: The waif-thin woman eyed me nervously from the swivel chair opposite my gunmetal gray desk. As co-head of the Felony Division, DA’s Mike Daley rarely tries cases himself. Melinda Nguyen’s son Thomas is on trial for murder even though he was not an active part of the actual crime that resulted in his friend being killed by a convenience-store owner. But how can Mike turn his back on a woman who may have been married to his brother they thought died in Vietnam’s China Sea, and the First Sentence: The waif-thin woman eyed me nervously from the swivel chair opposite my gunmetal gray desk. As co-head of the Felony Division, DA’s Mike Daley rarely tries cases himself. Melinda Nguyen’s son Thomas is on trial for murder even though he was not an active part of the actual crime that resulted in his friend being killed by a convenience-store owner. But how can Mike turn his back on a woman who may have been married to his brother they thought died in Vietnam’s China Sea, and the boy who may be his son? It is always interesting to learn about an obscure law that can have a major impact. Although the information is interesting, it is the revelation related to those the laws will impact that truly captures one's attention. Siegel does an excellent job of providing background on Daley, his ex-wife Rosie in a very concise manner without interrupting the flow of the story. And what a good assembly of characters it is. It is the relationships that bind the story together. Daley’s internal narrative could be annoying but isn’t. Instead, it again exemplifies Siegel’s writing style which is efficient and informative without the need to be overly serves to provide more information without verbose. References to other authors are always enjoyable—“Her bookcases were jammed with legal treaties, Federal literature, and Donna Leon.” For those who are local, the rundown of San Francisco’s famous/infamous characters can make one smile. Dialogue is so important to the flow of a story and Siegel writes dialogue exceptionally well. It’s quick, sharp, and very natural. His wry humor provides a nice bit of light to the darkness of the case. This is not a book to read when you’re hungry. The food may not be fine dining, but there is a lot of it—“My brother always said the most important attributes for a P.O. were patience, perseverance, and a low-maintenance digestive system. “Felony Murder Rule” corrects any misconception one may have that a legal mystery isn’t suspenseful. Not only is it, but it’s one with a very affecting and emotional ending. FELONY MURDER RULE (Legal Thriller-Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez-Bay Area, CA-Contemp) – Ex Siegel, Sheldon – 8th in series Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc. – February 2017

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pontiki

    I had to read this book piecemeal, not for lack of interest, just time. The felony murder rule is ridiculous, and I knew nothing about it until this book. Mike and Rosie are great characters, I love the court scenes, and the twists are always entertaining. This time, it's discovered that Mike's brother Tommy wasn't killed when everyone thought, but was saved by a woman and her mother in a small village in Vietnam. He married the woman, had a daughter, and then he and his wife both died. The daug I had to read this book piecemeal, not for lack of interest, just time. The felony murder rule is ridiculous, and I knew nothing about it until this book. Mike and Rosie are great characters, I love the court scenes, and the twists are always entertaining. This time, it's discovered that Mike's brother Tommy wasn't killed when everyone thought, but was saved by a woman and her mother in a small village in Vietnam. He married the woman, had a daughter, and then he and his wife both died. The daughter came to the US, now has a son, and that's where the legal problem starts. Pete is the coolest PI ever, tied with Nick the Dick. I love the Tommy storyline interwoven with the legal issues facing Thomas Nguyen. The best part was Rosie's brilliance in court. Waiting for more, fingers crossed. KU

  14. 5 out of 5

    William J Zaremba

    Some Rules were made to be broken Just love this series with Mike and Rosie and with each book we get into the characters more and more. This book finds Mike and his niece Rolanda In court working together to save his older brothers grandson who he just met. His brother has been missing since the Vietnam war and Mike did not know he had a grandson let alone a daughter. So Mike's great nephew has been accused of some bull rap crime in California that he is guilty of murder as he was sitting in a c Some Rules were made to be broken Just love this series with Mike and Rosie and with each book we get into the characters more and more. This book finds Mike and his niece Rolanda In court working together to save his older brothers grandson who he just met. His brother has been missing since the Vietnam war and Mike did not know he had a grandson let alone a daughter. So Mike's great nephew has been accused of some bull rap crime in California that he is guilty of murder as he was sitting in a car waiting for his friend who went in to buy beer from a deli shop. The owner shot him saying self defense and he was trying to rob the store and the court rules that Mike's nephew is guilty on a murder charge even though he was just sitting in the car. Nuts as it may seem it looks like his great nephew is going down for this crime.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Thomas R.

    In the latest installment of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez series , the author really understands family dynamics and Racism. Mike meets his older Brother s daughter ( Mike's brother married her in Vietnam, even though his family thought he had died in Vietnam) and his Grand nephew who is being charged with murder ( because he was in a car driven by his friend who was killed attempting to rob a Liquor store) . In addition Rosie is running for Public Office and Mike's case could derail her attem In the latest installment of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez series , the author really understands family dynamics and Racism. Mike meets his older Brother s daughter ( Mike's brother married her in Vietnam, even though his family thought he had died in Vietnam) and his Grand nephew who is being charged with murder ( because he was in a car driven by his friend who was killed attempting to rob a Liquor store) . In addition Rosie is running for Public Office and Mike's case could derail her attempt to become the first Latino Head of the Public Defenders office. This was a great story , dealing with Racism, fear and of course the rule of law. I look forward to the next book in this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Altman

    Engaging, entertaining and exceptionally well written. A well rounded legal thriller that will tug at your heart and may well loosen a tear from the eyes of the most hardened among us. Populated by characters who could actually exist and events which could actually occur in real life, this well written story has engaging and intersecting story lines played out to a credible and satisfying conclusion. (Who would've thought that a veteran of thirty years of practicing law would have enough heart re Engaging, entertaining and exceptionally well written. A well rounded legal thriller that will tug at your heart and may well loosen a tear from the eyes of the most hardened among us. Populated by characters who could actually exist and events which could actually occur in real life, this well written story has engaging and intersecting story lines played out to a credible and satisfying conclusion. (Who would've thought that a veteran of thirty years of practicing law would have enough heart remaining to write such a story?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    This is the 8 th book in the series, and with Mike and Rosie and the friends, that we seem to know and love so well. This was an interesting case, were we have a running dialog of the people as they are found and interviewed. They don’t agree with the rule, but how to get the charges thrown out. A brother of Mike thought dead, wasn’t till a few years later. That surprise, led Mike and Rosie to go back into the court room, with a case, they didn’t see how they could get an acquittal. Readers who This is the 8 th book in the series, and with Mike and Rosie and the friends, that we seem to know and love so well. This was an interesting case, were we have a running dialog of the people as they are found and interviewed. They don’t agree with the rule, but how to get the charges thrown out. A brother of Mike thought dead, wasn’t till a few years later. That surprise, led Mike and Rosie to go back into the court room, with a case, they didn’t see how they could get an acquittal. Readers who love lawyer stories, surrounded by family drama, will love this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Silk

    "An Awesome Legal Thriller" Again, Mike and Rosie take on new challenges as they return to work in San Francisco's Public Defenders Office where they had met twenty years ago. They lead the Felony Division which for them is mostly desk jobs and supervising. They personally get involved when Melinda Nguyen's son, Thomas, is going to trial for murder. They battle against the California archaic "felony murder rule." Personal involvement brings back more facts they find from Mike's past. It's a great "An Awesome Legal Thriller" Again, Mike and Rosie take on new challenges as they return to work in San Francisco's Public Defenders Office where they had met twenty years ago. They lead the Felony Division which for them is mostly desk jobs and supervising. They personally get involved when Melinda Nguyen's son, Thomas, is going to trial for murder. They battle against the California archaic "felony murder rule." Personal involvement brings back more facts they find from Mike's past. It's a great, intense story to keep you intrigued to the very end. Read it!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    DrKmW

    This book was somewhat interesting because of the relationship between the young perpetrator and the public defender, Mike Daley. The author also brings up interesting legal issues concerning the charge of « felony murder » in California. The plot is fairly straightforward, with a twist at the end that becomes predictable. San Francisco and its infamous Tenderloin neighborhood becomes part of the story. However, this is the mid 1990’s and much has changed since. Overall, “Felony Murder” is fun rea This book was somewhat interesting because of the relationship between the young perpetrator and the public defender, Mike Daley. The author also brings up interesting legal issues concerning the charge of « felony murder » in California. The plot is fairly straightforward, with a twist at the end that becomes predictable. San Francisco and its infamous Tenderloin neighborhood becomes part of the story. However, this is the mid 1990’s and much has changed since. Overall, “Felony Murder” is fun reading and entertaining but not exceptional.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Frank Rankin

    Good story about an unfair law It's always a pleasure to read about Mike and Rosie. Sheldon has a way of making the reader appreciate their relationship with the inventive stories he puts together. I consider these books a genuine pleasure. This book allowed me to take my mind off our current political climate which can cause one great concern. Thanks, Sheldon, for taking me on a most interesting ride. The connection to the Vietnam war was unique and thought provoking. FER Good story about an unfair law It's always a pleasure to read about Mike and Rosie. Sheldon has a way of making the reader appreciate their relationship with the inventive stories he puts together. I consider these books a genuine pleasure. This book allowed me to take my mind off our current political climate which can cause one great concern. Thanks, Sheldon, for taking me on a most interesting ride. The connection to the Vietnam war was unique and thought provoking. FER

  21. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I enjoyed the maneuvering of the lawyers and the Vietnamese story line because of my living through the 60's when so many friends were there for the war. The felony murder law seemed a little far fetched as it applied to this case since the criminal was the person who was actually killed by a store owner during a robbery attempt and the innocent friend who was in the car was subsequently charged with murder even though only involved by association and proximity to the scene. I enjoyed the maneuvering of the lawyers and the Vietnamese story line because of my living through the 60's when so many friends were there for the war. The felony murder law seemed a little far fetched as it applied to this case since the criminal was the person who was actually killed by a store owner during a robbery attempt and the innocent friend who was in the car was subsequently charged with murder even though only involved by association and proximity to the scene.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Belcher

    Couldn't put it down. Like the previous books in this series, the description of the people & places are so detailed that it is almost like being there. This book had more focus on famiy , which I enjoyed. It portrays a more realistic view of family life, with all its ups & downs. I have really enjoyed this series & recommend it everyone who enjoys reading. I hope that there will be a number 9. Couldn't put it down. Like the previous books in this series, the description of the people & places are so detailed that it is almost like being there. This book had more focus on famiy , which I enjoyed. It portrays a more realistic view of family life, with all its ups & downs. I have really enjoyed this series & recommend it everyone who enjoys reading. I hope that there will be a number 9.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A young Vietnamese man, Thomas Nguyen, is charged with murder -- simply because he was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the company of the wrong person. When Thomas' mother comes to the Public Defender's office to ask Mike Daley to be Thomas' defense attorney, at first Mike is reluctant to get involved. Until he learns that Thomas is the grandson of his brother Tommy, who was believed to have been killed in Vietnam forty-plus years ago ... A young Vietnamese man, Thomas Nguyen, is charged with murder -- simply because he was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the company of the wrong person. When Thomas' mother comes to the Public Defender's office to ask Mike Daley to be Thomas' defense attorney, at first Mike is reluctant to get involved. Until he learns that Thomas is the grandson of his brother Tommy, who was believed to have been killed in Vietnam forty-plus years ago ...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sherron L Pace

    Absolutely intense legal thriller Excellent exciting intense suspense legal thriller SERIES! Could I have used any more positive description? This is an exciting series and each book is a great story I highly recommend reading 📚 each of these nine books. If author Sheldon Siegel writes more of this series I will be glad to read them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    OK ... Series Upgraded to 5 Stars Maybe my Reviews of the previous books were harsher (in Ratings) than they should have been, but this (currently last story) was well-done, and was supported by good tales and writing in the previous books. I'll look forward to reading any future books that might occur in this series. OK ... Series Upgraded to 5 Stars Maybe my Reviews of the previous books were harsher (in Ratings) than they should have been, but this (currently last story) was well-done, and was supported by good tales and writing in the previous books. I'll look forward to reading any future books that might occur in this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Luce

    Nothing but good comes out of Sheldon Siegels books, so enjoyable are they and I have read many. I read this one to catch up and cried at the end.... I always say a page turner in my reviews, that is all I read if they are not I delete... This one was another to be not deleted. A great book as the starter, and I have not been reading in order... lol

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy kennedy

    Another good one in this series. Now Rosie and Mike are heading the Public Defense Unit of SF. They are supposed to managerial, but a case involving an alleged son of Mike's long lost brother surfaces and they defend him. Brings closure for the family. Mike's older brother was killed in Viet Nam. A good read. Another good one in this series. Now Rosie and Mike are heading the Public Defense Unit of SF. They are supposed to managerial, but a case involving an alleged son of Mike's long lost brother surfaces and they defend him. Brings closure for the family. Mike's older brother was killed in Viet Nam. A good read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Greg Scott

    Sheldon Siegel's " Felony Murder Rule" misses the mark I have enjoyed Siegel's previous works. This time I was bored and disappointed as he repeated the same information over and over. This was especially annoying when he discovered his great-nephew and had numerous conversations with friends and co-workers about how he found the grandson of his long dead brother. Sheldon Siegel's " Felony Murder Rule" misses the mark I have enjoyed Siegel's previous works. This time I was bored and disappointed as he repeated the same information over and over. This was especially annoying when he discovered his great-nephew and had numerous conversations with friends and co-workers about how he found the grandson of his long dead brother.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Venkatakrishnan

    A Touching Tale of Trial and Error I never expected Sheldon Siegel to create such an emotional story out of the legal trial genre. His artistic brush strokes on introducing the Asian flavour are very humbling. I was almost re-visiting "To Kill a Mockingbird " when I reached the end of the tale. Great story. A Touching Tale of Trial and Error I never expected Sheldon Siegel to create such an emotional story out of the legal trial genre. His artistic brush strokes on introducing the Asian flavour are very humbling. I was almost re-visiting "To Kill a Mockingbird " when I reached the end of the tale. Great story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Grogan Bugher

    Legal thriller Felony Murder Rule is number eight in the Michael Daley/Rosita Fernandez legal thriller series by Sheldon Siegel. Another very good read. I enjoyed the storyline in this book a lot. My only problem with this series is that the more installments I read, the more I dislike Rosie. I find her very hard to like. I wish Michael would just leave her alone!!

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