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Her Deadly Game by Robert Dugoni
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Series: Keera Duggan #1
Published by Brilliance Audio, Thomas & Mercer on March 28, 2023
Length: 11 hours, minute
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Keera Duggan was building a solid reputation as a Seattle prosecutor, until her romantic relationship with a senior colleague ended badly. For the competitive former chess prodigy, returning to her family’s failing criminal defense law firm to work for her father is the best shot she has. With the right moves, she hopes to restore the family’s reputation, her relationship with her father, and her career.
Keera’s chance to play in the big leagues comes when she’s retained by Vince LaRussa, an investment adviser accused of murdering his wealthy wife. There’s little hard evidence against him, but considering the couple’s impending and potentially nasty divorce, LaRussa faces life in prison. The prosecutor is equally challenging: Miller Ambrose, Keera’s former lover, who’s eager to destroy her in court on her first homicide defense.
I have enjoyed Robert Dugoni’s books from the first one I read and now I wouldn’t think of not reading all his new ones. Her Deadly Game is the first in a new series, Keera Duggan. The setting is Seattle, as some of his other series. In fact, it is the same world, as we see Del and Faz very briefly. There are also some CSI people I recognized.
Kerra is one of three sisters and a lawyer. Her father is a well-known criminal defense attorney. He played chess with her since she was a child and encouraged her to think ahead. Keera leaves the public defender’s office after an affair with her boss goes south and joins her father’s firm which has its own issues.
She’s on call one night when a big case comes up and she handles it. I loved the legal strategies and how smart Keera is with questioning witnesses. All throughout the case, something feels wrong. She is up against her ex and he is making it as difficult for her as possible.
The evidence on her client is circumstantial. She doesn’t think he could have committed the crime. There are a bunch of pieces of evidence which don’t fit. Keera and her investigator try to make them work together to explain what happened. Keera also investigates her client as she keeps learning unfavorable things about him.
I liked Keera. It was fascinating to see her make the change from prosecution to defense attorney. Everyone deserves a good defense but how does she feel about the client not murdering his wife, but not being a good guy? I loved all the shades of people with their flaws and strengths. I can’t wait for more Keera and her family, and the legal trials.
I have listened to this narrator previously. She has a large body of work. I enjoyed her performance, feeling the male and female voices were comfortable. She also handled a bit of an accent. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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