The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni

The 7th Canon

A riveting new legal thriller from the bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave.In San Francisco’s seamy Tenderloin district, a teenage street hustler has been murdered in a shelter for boys. And the dedicated priest who runs the struggling home stands accused. But despite damning evidence that he’s a killer—and worse—Father Thomas Martin stands by his innocence. And attorney Peter Donley stands with him.For three years Donley has cut hi...

Details The 7th Canon

TitleThe 7th Canon
Release DateSep 27th, 2016
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Number of pages325 pages
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Legal Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Audiobook, Religion

Reviews The 7th Canon

  • Paromjit
    This is a terrific legal crime thriller located in 1987 San Francisco. Pete Donley is 28, has 3 years legal experience, and a troubled personal history that involves an alcoholic and violent father that still haunts him to this day. He is married to Kim, a doctor, and has a young son, Benny. He works at his uncle Lou's firm whose biggest client is the RC church and San Francisco Archdeacon, Donatello Parnisi. This one client finances all the othe...
  • Linda O'Donnell
    I received a copy of The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni through NetGalley. My thanks to Thomas & Mercer Publishers and to Robert Dugoni for the opportunity.Back up those tail lights to 1987 and shine the light on video tapes, cassettes, and portable phones the size of house bricks. The long, wide Cadillac is about to take you on one wild ride.The 7th Canon: "A lawyer should represent a client zealously within the bounds of law."Peter Donley, a young ...
  • Zoeytron
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.The underpinnings and inner-workings of the judicial system are given a hard look here. In the criminal justice system (hear that gavel ringing out?), the courtroom is a stage. Justice is meted out on the basis of what can be proven, what is admissible as evidence, not necessarily by the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Fascinating. This high energy legal/crime thriller grabbed me right...
  • Brenda
    I enjoy Robert Dugoni's books, and this stand alone is no exception.Dugoni mentions in his acknowledgement that this was an older manuscript and it has had many rewrites. I think these rewrites may have caused a few minor hiccups, but nothing that really detracted from the book. Perhaps it was a mix of earlier, more inexperienced writing with Dugoni's current, more polished style.Some characters were on a first name basis and others were last nam...
  • Adrian Dooley
    I flew through this book. My quickest read of the year. A compelling story fantastically told. The story, a legal crime thriller, is set in San Francisco in 1987 where Father Thomas Martin runs a shelter for homeless boys. The runaways, the drug addicts, the prostitutes, his door is an open door for those who seek refuge for the night. A boy is found brutally murdered at the shelter and all the evidence points to Father Martin as the killer. He i...
  • Matt
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Robert Dugoni, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.Stepping away from his two successful series, Dugoni released this standalone novel that mixes the detail of a legal drama with the excitement of a crime thriller to create something captivating. Taking the reader back to 1987, Degoni explores the rough Tenderloin Distric...
  • Susan Johnson
    This is by first Robert Dugoni book but it won't be my last. I had heard of him of course but had him mixed up with another author named Robert whose book I loathed. Luckily I finally got it straightened out and it allowed me to enjoy this book. I received this from Net Galley in exchange for a fair review. Peter Donley is a lawyer working in his uncle's law firm in San Francisco's Tenderloin district in 1987. They take on hard luck clients who h...
  • Jean
    Peter Donley is an up-and-coming young attorney working in his uncle Lou Giantelli’s law firm. He’s had some courtroom experience, most recently a case involving establishing the identity of a missing parrot, but come Christmas Eve, Donley’s life is about to become very interesting – and very, very busy. Chapter one had me chuckling. By the time I was finished with chapter two, I was hooked.Uncle Lou has a heart attack and a stroke, leavi...
  • Lee
    A priest who runs a shelter for homeless and troubled youth becomes the prime suspect in the death of one of these youths. He has taken in a young man who seems very troubled and agitated but several hours later when the priest is unable to locate the boy he decides that the boy has left the shelter. Not long after the priest goes to fix a fuse in the basement and he discovers the boy's body, stabbed to death. Attorney Peter Donley, who has only ...
  • Emma
    This is a really different type of book to Dugoni's Tracy Crossehite series, which I love, and for the first third I was thinking that it might not be for me. It felt like it was maybe written before those novels as the narrative wasn't quite as tight. But there was this one moment when everything came together (for me it was when two characters met and started working with each other) and all of a sudden the chemistry was there. I'm in no positi...
  • Magdalena
    I think that THE 7THE CANON is an excellent thriller. The story takes place in 1987 and I was thrilled to read a book that takes place in the 80s, before all modern inventions like cell phones, etc. It's not that far back in time, but I quite enjoy reading books from that time. Probably because I'm a child of the 80s. THE 7THE CANON is a story about injustice and corruption, always a fascinating subject. One can't help wonder through the book why...
  • CL
    I love the Tracy Crosswhite series and Rovert Dugoni does not disappoint with the Peter Donley character. Father Thomas Martin has been accused of murdering one of the homeless boys his shelter has taken in for the night. Now Peter Donley must find the real killer before he is convicted for a crime that Father Thomas said he did not commit and for which Peter believes he is innocent. But who would want to kill a homeless boy and frame a priest. A...
  • Monnie
    After reading just two books by Robert Dugoni, I've become a fan; so when I got the chance to read an advance copy of this one in exchange for an honest review, I jumped. It's a standalone that's not part of either his Tracy Crosswhite or David Sloane series, though, so I crossed my fingers that my high expectations would be justified.They were uncrossed by the end of the first chapter; when I got near the end, they were holding my Kindle so tigh...
  • Tooter
    Received my copy through Netgalley. 4.5 stars. Excellent!
  • Barbara
    Father Thomas Martin - who sports a shaved head, earring, and tattoo - runs a shelter for homeless boys in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. When the bloody body of a teenage youth, Andrew Bennet, is found in the shelter's recreation room, Father Martin is accused of murder. Lou Giantelli's law firm represents Father Martin and Lou plans to defend the priest himself. First, though, Lou sends his nephew Peter Donley - a young attorney inex...
  • Liz
    The Seventh Canon is the requirement for an attorney to do his or her best in defending their client, regardless of guilt or innocence. This book starts off with an immensely likeable young attorney named Peter Donley. Donley works for his uncle with an odd assortment of non-paying clients but also luckily the Archdiocese of SF. He grew up with an abusive father, which makes him even more sympathetic. Then there is a murder at a shelter for young...
  • Holly
    I must say that Robert Dugoni is becoming a must read for me. After reading his Tracy Crosswhite series, I knew that I wanted to check out his David Sloane novels. As luck would have it, a new book came out featuring a new character, Peter Donley. So I decided to read this one instead. Also, as it happens, this is a novel Robert started back in the 90's but had put on the back burner. I'm so glad that he didn't give up on it and finished it. This...
  • Pamela
    Mr. Dugoni once again delivers a fast-paced police/political crime thriller. This one takes us back to 1987 when a priest is arrested for the murder of a boy who was in his shelter. Since a priest is involved, we're not too surprised when evidence of pedophilia shows up. (Not my opinion, just an unfortunate fact). However, all is not as simple as that! We are taken on a ride with some pretty awesome characters. I loved Peter, Father Tom, Uncle Lo...
  • Louise Wilson
    A priest becomes the prime subject in the death of a minor who was staying in the shelter for homeless and troubled youths that the priest runs.The priest finds the boy's body when he went down the basement to fix a fuse. The boy had been stabbed.A young lawyer who has worked for 3 years in his uncles practice becomes the priests defence lawyer. He believes the priests innocent so to prove it and a private investigator set out to find the truth.A...
  • Debbie Krenzer
    Wow! I was interrupted many times while trying to read this book. Which is one way to say I'm pretty sure I would not have been able to put this book down had I not been. I kept wondering throughout reading this book, "Did I miss something the night that Bennett was killed?". It seemed to me that the priest only found the body and that was all. Next thing I know he's up for murder. What the heck happened. I was glad to find out that no, I did not...
  • Tulay
    Great fictional story."Kids, they don't do anything except get born, and then they pay the price for someone else's mistakes and disappointments." This story is about Father Martin and people around him to help him and the kids.
  • Sandy
    Canon 7 of the ABA moral code of responsibility states “a lawyer should represent his client zealously within the bounds of the law”. Attorney Peter Donley takes it to heart but puts his own spin on just how far he should go to save his client.Father Tom Martin runs a shelter for troubled boys. When one is found murdered, the DA wastes no time naming him as the killer. Peter works with his Uncle Lou who has made a career out of defending the ...
  • FrankieReads
    Action? Check.Political Corruption? Check.Conspiracy? Check.Sordid underground night life? Check.Likable, down-to-earth heroes with their own crosses to bear? Check. Check.The 7th Canon is what I hope will be the first book in a new series by Robert Dugoni. In this story, a priest who runs a shelter for street kids is accused of the murder and torture of a young boy. Through a series of events, Peter Donley, a young, up and coming lawyer, lands t...
  • Ashley Gillan
    Well, Robert Dugoni has done it again!I first be a me a fan of his after reading the Tracey Crosswhite series, which were remarkable for the eerie, creepy sense of foreboding that Dugoni inserted into the book. You spent the whole time waiting for the other show to drop. The 7th Canon continues this dark atmosphere, though from a different point of view. Peter Donley is a defense attorney who works for his uncle in San Francisco. When a local pri...
  • Katherine Decker
    Another page turner
  • Darlene
    Great book. I love this author. I don't remember how I discovered Mr. Dugoni a few years ago , but I am so glad I did. Every one of his books has been tremendous, including The 7th Canon. If you haven't read any of his books yet, I highly recommend that you do.
  • Dee
    Two-haiku review:Young lawyer gets casePriest arrested for murderViolence ensuesWritten in 80sGood plot, complex charactersAuthor's better now
  • Patti
    ***Received via Goodreads Giveaway***When I first started this, I didn't like it. I put it aside for a bunch of other books, then finally went back to it a few days ago. Glad I did.After the initial bad start, I loved the writing, plotting was good. Dugoni wove the back story neatly thru the main story and it didn't feel like the information dump that so many back stories end up.My only complaint: (view spoiler)[Connor died at the end, never gett...
  • Bent Hansen
    I have only read a couple of Robert Dugoni's books, and only his recent ones about Tracy Crosswhite, which I really liked. Apparently, The 7th Canon is at the same time both his most recent and one of his first manuscripts, as it was written in 1996 and only after ten rewrites is now published in 2016.I have no idea how good it was in 1996, but it is really good now. Set in 1987 (that is before technology really took off for ordinary people - PCs...
  • Beth
    THE 7TH CANON is a pleasant change. It is not part of a series; it is a standalone novel that Robert Dugoni has had around for a long time; he wrote the first draft 20 years ago. That made some things out of date in 2016. So he set the story in 1987. A priest who ran a home for homeless boys in San Francisco is accused of murdering one of those boys. His lawyer decides that the only way to a successful defense is to prove the priest’s innocence...