About Special Circumstances
Meet Mike Daley. Yesterday he was booted out of his partnership at one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's renting a makeshift office on the wrong side of town. Where does an ex-priest, ex-public defender, and ex-husband like Daley go to build a practice? Not far, he discovers.
In a stunning turn of events, Daley's best friend, an ex-colleague, is charged with the double murder of two lawyers at the old firm and asks Daley to defend him. Cobbling together a defense team composed of himself, his ex-wife, and a onetime courtroom fixture named Mort Goldberg who's been wished on him against his better judgment, Daley finds he's got more to defend than his friend's innocence. The newly elected media-hungry District Attorney, also a former colleague, will prosecute the case himself. As court is called into session, it becomes clear that in this trial ambition, honor, friendship, greed, and longstanding grudges will play as important a role as truth and justice.
Rarely has a legal thriller debut so accurately depicted not only the inner workings of the legal system but the crack-ling energy it takes to build and defend a felony case. In SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES author Sheldon Siegel reminds us why we love to hate lawyers -- but can't get enough of courtroom drama when it's done this well.
Sound interesting? Read the first chapter to learn more about Mike Daley and friends.