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Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex–public defender. Ex-husband. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involvi Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex–public defender. Ex-husband. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him. So begins SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, the first novel in Sheldon Siegel's critically acclaimed legal thriller series featuring Mike Daley and his law partner/ex-wife Rosie Fernandez. This New York Times Bestselling novel is included along with the next three books in the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez series: INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE, CRIMINAL INTENT and FINAL VERDICT. Start at the beginning with SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES and read all of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez stories in order. You'll see why Sheldon Siegel's novels have sold millions of copies worldwide, and Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez have been called two of the most beloved characters in contemporary crime fiction.


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Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex–public defender. Ex-husband. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involvi Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex–public defender. Ex-husband. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him. So begins SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, the first novel in Sheldon Siegel's critically acclaimed legal thriller series featuring Mike Daley and his law partner/ex-wife Rosie Fernandez. This New York Times Bestselling novel is included along with the next three books in the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez series: INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE, CRIMINAL INTENT and FINAL VERDICT. Start at the beginning with SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES and read all of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez stories in order. You'll see why Sheldon Siegel's novels have sold millions of copies worldwide, and Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez have been called two of the most beloved characters in contemporary crime fiction.

30 review for Higher Law

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    Outstanding Series To let anyone who may not read any of my reviews, I will let you know I review as I read. So far, I have given away no spoilers. I intend to keep it that way. But for me, writing my thoughts as I read keeps the books fresher in my mind. I write my notes in a separate app then copy over. It's also my way of ensuring I don't unknowingly reread a book from Kindle Unlimited. Hooray for KU, except writers only get credit for one read. If I read a book that I will re-read, I save my Outstanding Series To let anyone who may not read any of my reviews, I will let you know I review as I read. So far, I have given away no spoilers. I intend to keep it that way. But for me, writing my thoughts as I read keeps the books fresher in my mind. I write my notes in a separate app then copy over. It's also my way of ensuring I don't unknowingly reread a book from Kindle Unlimited. Hooray for KU, except writers only get credit for one read. If I read a book that I will re-read, I save my pennies and eventually buy it. As this is a box set, I will review each book separately, then the box set. SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES On the last day of Michael Daley's partnership with the largest law firm in San Francisco, two bodies are discovered. Anyone could be a suspect as it was New Years Eve Day and it had been announced just the night before no one was getting a year end bonus. Everyone was decidedly upset. Daley was leaving because after resigning from the public defenders office, the firm thought (apparently as did he) he could bring in major white collar defendants with lots of money. Didn't happen, as Daley, a former priest, was not that kind of lawyer. He preferred those who were being railroaded. Daley takes his last possession remaining in that firm and heads over to his new office, which he is leasing from his ex-wife. A suspect is identified and arrested at the home of his parents. Also present were the suspect's wife and children. And Mike Daley. The District Attorney is very new at his job. Prior to becoming the DA, he worked (or didn't work, depending on where your sympathies lie) at the same law firm as the victims and Mike. He had never litigated a criminal trial. Therefore, he had to depend on the skills of real top prosecutor in the office, the man he defeated in the election. Sounds cozy, right? The suspect's father is a very highly respected rabbi with a large congregation. The meal the were having was just before sundown on Friday. The trial is riveting. A potential witness may be dead. Partners of the firm toe the party line. It appears that Mike may have made a tremendous mistake. This is courtroom drama at its finest. After explosive evidence is presented, Mike is doubting himself. What is the final verdict? Will Mike's trial strategy save his client or subject him to the death penalty? Read this book. It's amazing. INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE One of Daley's ex-partners is arrested for the murder of a gay hooker. Despite the acrimonious parting of Daley and that firm, he agrees to take the case. The new client tries to bring in help and in return, Daley doubles his retainer. Way to go, Mike! Unfortunately, the new client's daughter is also a lawyer. She makes life very difficult for Mike, his ex-wife and partner in law, Rosie. Mike and Rosie get along much better divorced than married. Much better. The client insists that Mike use an nemesis of his for what is called Keegan counsel in California. This is the attorney who argues during the penalty phase in mitigation against the death penalty. Yep, the DA cheerfully makes this case a "special circumstances" case meaning the client will be tried for the death penalty. As usual, Mike's client opts for speedy trial. Again as usual, the prosecutor objects. The judge treats them to a trial date in two weeks. Also as usual, Daley puts witnesses on his list given to the prosecution and the court that he has no intention of calling. The prosecutor does the same. Standard procedure. One thing I particularly love (so far) is at the beginning of each paragraph, we get a glimpse of the publicity each case is receiving. Either radio, newspapers, or even CNN. Very interesting part of the story. I do find these trials interesting. As Daley is a criminal defense attorney, I will assume the rest of the series will follow-up the outline set by the first two books. There is one concern I have for this particular book. One thing the medical examiner stated as fact just could not be true. It sounds good, but couldn't have happened as the medical examiner said it did. Perhaps it won't be caught by other readers, and to say what it is would be a spoiler. I say this only to point out I am disappointed. Ah. One of Daley's witnesses points out my objection. He rehabilitates my trust in the author. I must say never in a million years did I see the ending coming. Yes, I literally cried. Books like this one come along once in a blue moon. Lightning only strikes once. The second is incorrect. This is yet another amazing book. I am feeling so privileged to be able to read it. I am very much looking forward to the next one. CRIMINAL INTENT Rosie and Mike have a new office, not the smelly ex-martial arts place they once inhabited. The corner Chinese food place (which was not on a corner) went with their old office. Torn down in the name of progress. Is a snort appropriate in a review? We are learning a lot about the third leading character in the series that

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I love this series. I was pretty sure as I read the first 2 books that I'd read them already, at some point in the past - but that didn't stop me from reading again. I already knew I'd read the third book. The problem with reading straight through 4 books is I realize how much the author repeats the same things in each book. That said, I think Nick the Dick is one of the most colorful fictional characters I've seen in a long time, and I'm delighted every time he shows up. If the author ever lets I love this series. I was pretty sure as I read the first 2 books that I'd read them already, at some point in the past - but that didn't stop me from reading again. I already knew I'd read the third book. The problem with reading straight through 4 books is I realize how much the author repeats the same things in each book. That said, I think Nick the Dick is one of the most colorful fictional characters I've seen in a long time, and I'm delighted every time he shows up. If the author ever lets Nick die, I'm going to be devastated.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Steeden

    Special Circumstances An enjoyable legal thriller. It's one of those where you just need to enjoy the ride. A whodunnit with a a lot of nice twists. Not really believable and characters that are way OTT but still it keeps your interest and you really do want to find out whodunnit. You can really see the political correctness coming in to these thrillers where I guess the authors are a little too scared to offend sometimes. The main character Mike Daley is finding the case tough so it is raining hea Special Circumstances An enjoyable legal thriller. It's one of those where you just need to enjoy the ride. A whodunnit with a a lot of nice twists. Not really believable and characters that are way OTT but still it keeps your interest and you really do want to find out whodunnit. You can really see the political correctness coming in to these thrillers where I guess the authors are a little too scared to offend sometimes. The main character Mike Daley is finding the case tough so it is raining heavily. Things are now looking good so the sun is shining. I know that a lot of movies follow this format but this was pretty blatant. Maybe a touch more subtlety required. Minor quibble. Incriminating Evidence So this is basically a re-hash of Special Circumstances with a few change of characters. Once again it is very readable but I could not imagine that the DA that is in court for murder would have hired Mike Daley and with his personality he would have been telling him what to do rather than just asking him questions as he is also a lawyer. Like Special Circumstances I was even less convinced with the killer in this one. These are not boring in the slightest and whip along at quite a pace. Criminal Intent Like an Agatha Christie novel. A famous movie director is murdered and everyone in the room appears to have a motive for killing. Mike Daley as Poirot attempts to solve the case to get his client, who has been arrested, off the hook. A story that fairly whips along like the previous two. Final Verdict Leon Walker was accused of killing a convenience store clerk 10 years ago in a botched armed robbery. No Leon has been charged with first degree murder again. This time it is a venture capitalist called Tower Grayson. Mike and Rosie to the rescue...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Halnon

    Good book for detectives. Excellent for San Francisco. Not a tour guide, but someone has been here. The Golden Gate Bridge is well-described with the north and south side parking lots. They stopped counting and reporting the suicides by jumping off the bridge when it was getting close to 1000 back in the 1980's. References to the district sttorney, mayor, and on-air television and radio announcers are fictional. And the senators and representatives are also fictional. Herb Caen is real, retired, Good book for detectives. Excellent for San Francisco. Not a tour guide, but someone has been here. The Golden Gate Bridge is well-described with the north and south side parking lots. They stopped counting and reporting the suicides by jumping off the bridge when it was getting close to 1000 back in the 1980's. References to the district sttorney, mayor, and on-air television and radio announcers are fictional. And the senators and representatives are also fictional. Herb Caen is real, retired, and dead. What they do not tell you is that jury service is two weeks unless you get on a longer trial. I have never been in jail, so no comment on that.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda Watson

    Outstanding I haven't spent 1400 pages with any characters since Jamie and Claire Fraser. I loved the time getting to know Mike and Rosie. Mike is a complex character with an awesome sense of humor. It seems like he's also a pretty decent lawyer. The author drips out the evidence in the stories in a methodical way that sometimes makes you want to scream, but it is incredibly effective. I would have happily given this collection 5 stars if there hadn't been so many grammatical errors, particularly Outstanding I haven't spent 1400 pages with any characters since Jamie and Claire Fraser. I loved the time getting to know Mike and Rosie. Mike is a complex character with an awesome sense of humor. It seems like he's also a pretty decent lawyer. The author drips out the evidence in the stories in a methodical way that sometimes makes you want to scream, but it is incredibly effective. I would have happily given this collection 5 stars if there hadn't been so many grammatical errors, particularly in book 3. Fix those and you have perfection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    i just feel i have read this before ...trying to look back into my Amazon history .... i will keep looking? i have read so many books ... reviews etc. but i started reading this book again ...and it felt so familiar ...do u ever do that??! enjoy the four reads, i appreciate a box set. i am recalling getting one in my newsletter from Sheldon Siegel? it was many months ago... do you dream about books after they are over? i will read more from Sheldon. soon. and very soon.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Carson

    So glad I read this series! When I find a new author that I really like, I like to read several of his books in a row. This three story set was just perfect! I liked how the stories flowed,the characters were interesting,the storylines captivating. I was late to work a few times because I stayed awake too late reading and was reading instead of exercising in the a.m. Nice,clean read without excessive swearing and drama. Cudos, Mr. Siegel!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rodney G Mogen

    Great series start I love this series, very well done and put together and the books flow within each other and between each other as well. Fully understand that people might pick up a book out of order but the constant explanation of the backstories of recurring characters. Otherwise really well done and the stories are becoming harder to solve.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Grace Lorenzen

    uSheldo A very enjoyable legal thriller. A whodunit with a lot of twist and turns.The characters keeps your interest and you really want to find out whodunit.I love this series it is well done the books flow within each other.Hope volumes 2 and 3 be just as intriguing. Looking forward to reading more of your book s.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob Congdon

    A Fun Read. Enjoyed Mike Daley immensely. First repeat character, since Baldacci's Memory Man. Pleasurable and dIfferent writing approach with the 1st person narrative. A great pandemic and summer read. Only problem I had was looking for a physical description of Mike and Rosie and haven't found one. I had to imagine Rosalyn Sanchez and Paul Newman as the characters. A Fun Read. Enjoyed Mike Daley immensely. First repeat character, since Baldacci's Memory Man. Pleasurable and dIfferent writing approach with the 1st person narrative. A great pandemic and summer read. Only problem I had was looking for a physical description of Mike and Rosie and haven't found one. I had to imagine Rosalyn Sanchez and Paul Newman as the characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robin Hunter

    I am excited !!!!! I love Mike and Rosie. The characters make me want to have them as friends. Very innovative. I my be a softie for the under dog regardless of the circumstances (some exceptions) but I have to admit that the last couple of chapters of Final Verdict had me in tears. Can't wait to buy the next set😊 I am excited !!!!! I love Mike and Rosie. The characters make me want to have them as friends. Very innovative. I my be a softie for the under dog regardless of the circumstances (some exceptions) but I have to admit that the last couple of chapters of Final Verdict had me in tears. Can't wait to buy the next set😊

  12. 4 out of 5

    sheryl boltz

    Good legal drama I have to give it to Sheldon Swivel I usually have the plot figured out by the halfway mark but I just am unable?e to do it with his books. Perhaps it is because there are so many characters. Perhaps He is better than I am at legal book plots. Enjoyed the first four immensely. Will read more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    Lawyer with a heart and a sense of humour. Enjoyable read with lots of twists. A lawyer who seeks true justice and does what is necessary to find out the truth. He is well supported by family members with different skills but the same aim. You will enjoy the storytelling, the hunt for the truth mixed with some light humour.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anita Cordier

    My review I like the suspense I feel while reading that the client is going to jail and then at the last minute something occurs to get the client off even if they are guilty . The actual court scenes are sometime drawn out too much to the point of boredom,but are probably interesting to a lawyer. To anyone who loves legal thrillers

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peter Fischer

    Excellent Reading I have read the first 2 books of the Box Set. They have been excellent reading, with great characters, and very descriptive court scenes. If you are a fan of criminal court stories, I can guarantee at this stage,the first to books, you will not be disappointed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    tonia marralle

    Compelling mystery with Romance I especially like the banter between Rosie and Mike. They flirt and fight and manage to throw in some lowly verbs GE and legal maneuvers. They make you feel it is possible to get justice in a court room.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Terry Griep

    I just started the second book and I’m already into it. Great series so far. I love stories where I can think right along with the protagonists, and this series fills the bill. I have to go now — and get back to Special Circumstances.

  18. 4 out of 5

    elaine m. suda

    Law Rules Enjoyed each and every one of your books. The storylines were interesting and challenging. The characters were fascinating, especially Nick Hanson. The bickering and loving between Mike and Rosie was amusing. I look forward to reading more of your work.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Wisnom

    Love these kind of fast paced mysteries. Great characters who bring you into their personal lives so you really empathize with them. Who wouldn't love Rosie & Mike? Sometimes it gets a bit formulaic, but the dialogue is interesting (love Mike's inside voice saying what he'd really like to say). Love these kind of fast paced mysteries. Great characters who bring you into their personal lives so you really empathize with them. Who wouldn't love Rosie & Mike? Sometimes it gets a bit formulaic, but the dialogue is interesting (love Mike's inside voice saying what he'd really like to say).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Great reads Mike and Rosie are a pair of dogooders that happen to be lawyers. We don't think to highly of attorney s , but they sure break the mold. I found myself liking them and their clients. I think you will enjoy this series. Great reads Mike and Rosie are a pair of dogooders that happen to be lawyers. We don't think to highly of attorney s , but they sure break the mold. I found myself liking them and their clients. I think you will enjoy this series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Norine Luker

    So I liked these. A lot of detail about San Francisco and its recent history. I read all the novels in this series. The formula for each novel was pretty consistent, making it good for comfort reading.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robin Massaro

    Very entertaining Good read, very entertaining. Sheldon does an outstanding job of bringing it all together. Many times authors rush the ending but Sheldon gives it as much depth as the rest of the story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

    Great series Michael Daley and Rosie Fernandez are realistic and lovable characters who take on some tough cases. I love reading these books to see how everyone’s role contributes to untangling what really happened.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trudy Flynn

    Fun, exciting read I rate it a five star I love the twists and turns trying to prove the client not guilty. Great read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kella

    Easy to get hooked on these characters. Glad I've got more to look forward to. Easy to get hooked on these characters. Glad I've got more to look forward to.

  26. 4 out of 5

    dorthy

    enjoyed them very much

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    The series did not hold my attention very well. The different stories felt very similar - almost "formula" like. Would not choose this author again. The series did not hold my attention very well. The different stories felt very similar - almost "formula" like. Would not choose this author again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Martin P Haugh

    Enjoyed very much.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Catherine Strickland

    Good reads I have read the three books in the first series and plan to read the second series. Very good plots. Fast moving and kept my interest

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Lots of lawyers in this one. Set in San Francisco. Plot twists and lots of drama

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