A Criminal Defense by William L. Myers Jr.

A Criminal Defense

Losing the trial of his life could mean losing everything.When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, was Mick’s close friend in law school, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death.Mick’s played both sides of Philadelphia’s courtr...

Details A Criminal Defense

TitleA Criminal Defense
Release DateApr 1st, 2017
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Number of pages380 pages
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Legal Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews A Criminal Defense

  • Tulay
    Great legal thriller.This unpublished book was free with Kindle First March selection. So very glad I picked this book. Legal mystery/thrill lovers should read this book.All the characters with their actions explained to us who and what they are. Other than little girl Gabrielle and Tommy, they all are disgusting.Michael McFarland has small legal practice, his very rich friend since law school is accused of murder. Trial and investigations keeps ...
  • Jill
    Fantastic! I was really blown away by this book. There are so many surprises and plot twists- I was kept guessing until the very end. I love clever lawyering and tense courtroom drama-I really enjoyed the courtroom scenes. The real surprise for me, though, was the characters and the drama/conflict between them. Legal thrillers these days are too often filled with thin, almost cliche'd characters. The characters in this book, including the protago...
  • Ms.pegasus
    What would you look for if you needed a defense attorney? Experience? Graduate of a prestigious law school? Referral from a professional peer? What about motivations — an unknowable unknown? In this unusual legal procedural, Mick McFarland can point with confidence to his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his highly successful stint in the D.A.'s office, and his pro bono work evidencing his idealism in the justice system. It was t...
  • Kelsea
    As a nearly-exclusive reader of the fantasy genre, I don't typically pick up books like A Criminal Defense. However, looking through the March 2017 Kindle First choices, I noted that the fantasy/sci-fi option this month was a YA dystopian sci-fi. Honestly, I just couldn't bear to read another YA dystopian, so I decided to branch out and go for the "legal thriller" instead. All of this is to say that I'm not typically a reader of thrillers, legal ...
  • Angelica
    Every once in a while I enjoy a good book about the law. This was an engrossing story of criminal defense but I hated the ending. There were no good guys and justice was not served. Maybe I'm naive, but at least in fiction, I want to like at least one person, and there was no one.
  • Stephanie
    I got this through Kindle First and I guess I'll never learn that free books are terrible books. I chose it because it had the best reviews of them all... what are y'all smoking??Also this author didn't seem to know that Thatcher Gray (Grey) is a well known soap opera character from Grey's Anatomy.
  • Kathi Defranc
    Wow...A Legal Thriller with a BANG! A great story of a lawyer,his family and a murder that is much more than meets the eye! A courtroom tale with characters so diverse that it is hard to find any to like. Just when you think you understand a plot, there is a twist that changes everything. A nice job of writing by author William L. Myers, even the ending is totally unexpected. Anyone who likes legal thrillers should grab this book immediately!
  • Beverly E. McWhirk
    Is there a greater descriptor than MAGNIFICENT?I'm a sucker for reading newbie authors; however, most of their efforts are pretty mediocre. William L. Myers, Jr. is the incredibly outstanding exception! His first published novel, A Criminal Defense, is excellent beyond words. The cast of characters is diverse, well-crafted, likable/hated and certainly can be surprising. The story is extremely well-plotted, well-paced and is one of THE BEST myster...
  • Suze
    A CRIMINAL DEFENSEThis is an exceptional book, nothing is as it seems. The author did an amazing job of putting an elaborate puzzle together, very complex story-very good book.
  • Debbie Oxier
    Fantastic!This is the best legal thriller I've read in a long time. A couple of times I thought I had something figured out then the author would throw in another twist and I'd be back where I started. And the ending blew me away! I sat there stunned for several seconds as I absorbed what I'd just read. The author did an excellent job of mixing things up to keep you guessing. When Mick McFarland gets a phone call from good friend David Hanson say...
  • Merrie
    I really enjoyed this book by first-time author William L. Myers Jr. I love mysteries and particularly enjoy good legal/courtroom fiction. I was captivated by the story within a couple of chapters and liked the authors writing style immediately. There were plenty of twists and turns and an ending I didn't see coming. The clues were there all along, but the author does a great job of keeping the reader from putting it all together.
  • Evelyn M. Simco
    Wow what a page Turner.Wow!! This was a topsy turvy twisty tale. You have to read to the very end to get the whole story. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend. I'm going to see if I can find more books by this author.
  • Laura Fanelli
    Great bookKeeps you guessing throughout the the book and you never expect the ending. Definitely would suggest this book to others
  • Danielle Giaccone Berrong
    Bravo! This is a great read. I highly recommend this book if you like Legal thrillers.
  • Carolyn J.
    So Many TwistsThis was a nicely told story about murder, mayhem, and intrigue. The story was not one to get an early fix on. A reader had to pay close attention, as not to miss a pertinent detail. Mick McFarland was called to defend his old college bud in a murder indictment. The Assistant DA also had a connection to both men.. David Hanson was rich and had a lot of skeletons in his closet. David was not the man he appeared upon first meeting him...
  • Don Gorman
    (2 1/2). I marked this one up because of a terrific ending. We have a variety of twists and turns that take us all kinds of unexpected places in what starts off as a pretty interesting legal procedural thriller. The character interaction is solid and strong, which it needs to be, because the story itself is kind of soft.....until the killer ending. Lots of bad behavior by all involved. A fun read.
  • Bookphile
    Now *that* was a good read. Lots of twists and turns, and a satisfyingly chilling ending. No need for caution in reading this review, because I will keep it general and entirely spoiler-free.The downside to this book, and what kept it from getting five stars, is that it takes a while to get going. There are some long expository passages that slow the initial parts of the narrative. While I definitely think the payoff is worth it, it wouldn't surp...
  • Elizabeth
    I gave this 4 stars because it was entertaining and kept me going, that is until the major twist to end all twists happened. I honestly hated all the major characters, except for Tommy. But Mick, Piper, Marcie, David, the judge, the DA-wannabe or whatever, the murder victim, etc., I could absolutely not stand by the end. So to me, the end was extremely unsatisfying because I wish they'd all gone to jail for being just generally awful people.Howev...
  • Rachel
    This book is a Kindle First with great reviews, so I decided to give it a try. I only got a couple pages past the first chapter. Rather than focusing on the main plot and allowing the characters to develop, the author tries to make everything about Mick a mystery. He is fighting with his wife for some reason. His brother has some sort of sordid past. His daughter isn't staying with them. The other characters in the book also seemed to be standard...
  • Terynce
    Twists and turns a plenty, but it doesn't make for a good story. No drama, no anticipation, Grisham it ain't. Hey, let's make a convoluted plot, that no one will see coming because it doesn't make any sense, and have the bad guys get away with everything. No reckoning, no justice, no punishment for the guilty. If that was the intended overall message I suppose the book succeeded, but I can't help but think it was just happenstance. (view spoiler)...
  • Jeffery Harper
    Enjoyable but unexpected with disappointing resolutionI enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the vast majority of it. Be aware that my review may contain spoilers. The only thing I didn't like was how easily the Protagonist forgave and how weak his revenge was. In his personal wronging he didnt even address one party. It was just like *poof* all is well. That was very unsatisfying. It didn't even seem like a big thing with the one party he acted against ...
  • Josh
    A Criminal Defense is a legal thriller by William L. Myers Jr. Meyers practiced law prior to penning this freshman effort and expertly incorporates subtle legal details throughout the story to fully immerse the reader into trial law. A Criminal Defense centers on the trial of David Hanson, a wealthy, powerful businessman, defended our protagonist Mick McFarland, a white knight lawyer and family man. McFarland is an unreliable narrator and while n...
  • SungbokLee
    Can not let go until the endReally good story. The author does a really good job of hiding the hidden facts one by one, which keeps you engaged through the end. It was fascinating to know how each each person in the story have their personality history until they are made to confess, and when you think they are done, there is always more. This was also my first time reading about the trial, so learning about the process was also what kept me read...
  • Marcia Malone Bell
    Great BookThis book hooked me. William Myers took me on a well informed legal journey. He also presented family dynamics and interrelationships between characters that this family therapist was captivated by, worthy of continuous analysis chapter-after-chapter. I seriously could not put this book down...great book, solid character development, clear details throughout. Recommended reading for anyone who likes a crime novel.
  • Bari Boswell
    Chock full of plot twistsFirst let me say that the writing style was above average. Written from the protagonist perspective, the tone was smart and fittingly jaded. The plot twists were plentiful and most were believable given the ambitions, situations and demons that drove the character's actions. Some convenient twists were a little hard to swallow. Overall, it was a very good read.
  • Kathy A Boyd
    Great book!By far the best book I've read from the early releases. A crime drama with many twists and turns. It kept bringing surprises to the very end. And playing with my emotions, having me love then hate and sometimes even come to respect the same characters. If you like Law and Order, you'll love this one.
  • Elizabeth Mosley
    This book was thoroughly entertaining. Myers does an excellent job of character development, creating interesting, nuanced characters that are extremely realistic. This book maintained my interest until the very end, and I couldn't put it down. For a fast paced courtroom drama, this gets it just right.
  • Doris
    WOW!Much more than I expected. Many layers to the lawyer's story. One of, if not THE BEST kindle first choices ever. Filled with subtle twists and turns, and a slowly revealed back story that helps you understand why the lead characters are the way they are, with a final twist I never saw coming. WANT MORE BY THIS AUTHOR!
  • Kelly
    Like it seems all legal thrillers must do, this one of course included some allusions to defense attorneys being the David fighting the giant Goliath: crooked cops, self-serving prosecutors, and conservative judges. Not to be left out, there was also the old stand-by, that most prisoners are simply innocent victims of the system, or at least of circumstance. But beyond that, this was a very interesting, intriguing, fast-paced and well written sto...
    Unbelievable twisted outcome!This was a book I could not put down. The main character was so devastatingly human, yet quite ruthless in his own right. I am still reeling from reading this dynamic book.