• Title: Reasonable Doubt
  • Author: Phillip Friedman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Reasonable Doubt Ex federal prosecutor Michael Ryan has been estranged from his twenty seven year old son Ned for three years when Ned is murdered His daughter in law wealthy socialite Jennifer Kneeland Ryan has bee
    Ex federal prosecutor Michael Ryan has been estranged from his twenty seven year old son Ned for three years when Ned is murdered His daughter in law, wealthy socialite Jennifer Kneeland Ryan, has been indicted for the crime Ned was bludgeoned to death in the private room of a Soho art gallery Jennifer insists she s innocent and begs her father in law to defend her RyEx federal prosecutor Michael Ryan has been estranged from his twenty seven year old son Ned for three years when Ned is murdered His daughter in law, wealthy socialite Jennifer Kneeland Ryan, has been indicted for the crime Ned was bludgeoned to death in the private room of a Soho art gallery Jennifer insists she s innocent and begs her father in law to defend her Ryan wants to believe she s guilty, to bury his grief for the son he hardly knew and get on with his life, but he can t turn her away He agrees to take the case.Teetering on an emotional precipice himself, Michael Ryan dusts off his rusty legal skills in the most sensational New York murder trial in decades And as his ambivalence about Jennifer intensifies, as the painful truth about his son s life begins to emerge, Ryan realizes that his own life is also on trial as a father, as a lawyer, and as a man.

    One Reply to “Reasonable Doubt”

    1. Interesting what a difference 25 years can make. I read this one before when I first arrived at these pleasant isles. Read it and thought it was great, which is why it had managed to keep a place in my crime book shelf for such a long time. Last week I needed a quick "new American" read as I seemed to have spend most of my time in Europe or thereabouts bookwise for quite a while or read American classics. So I took this for a quick relaxing read.I still like it, but now, I can see that it is def [...]

    2. [ISBN is for the paperback version, no ISBN in the hardback copy I have.:]This is a court room drama built around a mystery. Michael Ryan is a Prosecutor turned Defense Lawyer who’s estranged son has just been murdered. His daughter-in-law has been charged with the murder and she requests him to be her defense lawyer. He has mixed feelings about this as he has is doubts about her innocence even though she claims she had nothing to do with it. He finally takes the job and hires a woman criminal [...]

    3. It was a drone. The story seems to go around in circles. I patiently read it to finish hoping I was wrong and that there will be a twist in the endbut there's none.I knew who killed Ned right from the start. I knew Jennifer and Michael have the hots for each other and they'll be together in the end.I knew all those chasing of evidences were a waste of time because the killer is just right there from the start.Good thing Jennifer lies a lot. At least there's a change in the plot to look forward t [...]

    4. The book keeps you engrossed throughout. I may have a quibble with its pat ending but otherwise it keeps the drama moving. The characterisation of the main protagonist, with his flaws, is realistic and sympathetically drawn. The court room drama is authentic and one remains ambivalent towards the accused. A book one cant put down

    5. One of the best courtroom novels that I've read in a long time. Found this book by accident, it was published in 1990. I can't believe it took this long to discover it. You'll be hooked by page 2 and won't want to put it down. Enjoy.

    6. A compellingly readable courtroom drama/mystery. Written in 1990 and stands up very well! You never know what you'll find in yard sale book bins!

    7. Very good - suspenseful murder mystery full of twists and turns. Kept me guessing until toward the end.

    8. Very well constructed tale. For a change I liked the ending, although got slightly bored once the courtroom scenes came into play. I know it added to the story, just felt whole sections could have been left out. Jennifer Ryan, accused of murder; hires the father of the husband she supposedly killed. Thought the author used this story line very well. I did not like the gratuitous relationship developed between the two defense lawyers. Why? Too cliché. Overall, a solid 3 on 5

    9. This story sucked me right in from page one. I wasn't even sure I'd like it, now I can't put it down.Now that I've finished it, I feel I can comment further on the story. It's a very good tale, very engrossing, and I'd definitely read another book by this author.Some of the plot twists I saw coming a mile away, however, which is why I only gave it four stars. But outside of that little nitpick, I recommend this book for anyone who likes lawyerly stories.

    10. I couldn't finish this book. Loved the premise but it move way too slow and focused mostly on the technicalities of preparing for a trial. I also had a hard time following the timing of the story - one minute it goes into detail about an entire day and the next minute it's weeks later. What? I also couldn't get behind any of the characters. It's not that I disliked them, just never felt like they were developed enough to care about any of them.

    11. Not horrible, but really not worth the time. A freebie that's been on my shelf a while. It's way too long for too little a plot. It was hard to keep all the small, insignificant characters straight, who were introduced to keep the mystery alive. I wasn't the least bit surprised by the ending, which was a shame because I kept reading in the hopes it would pay off on the end.

    12. This was a grab-a-paperback selection for a camping trip and it fit my mood. A good legal thriller--perfect when you don't want a serious read. Pretty sure I read this years ago, but read it again anyway because it is enjoyable.

    13. Wow! This is a great story. Keeps you engaged the entire way through. A few surprising twists in the narrative too, which were totally unexpected and added to the suspense. If you like books about legal matters and courtroom drama, you will really enjoy this book.

    14. I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were well thought out and at times infuriating. I loved trying to figure out who did what. This time, I got it right. I even liked the ending for the most part!

    15. Legal thriller - Ex-prosecutor Michael Ryan agrees to be defense attorney for his daughter-in-law Jennifer, on trial for the bludgeoning murder of her husband, his son Ned.

    16. An old book I had forgotten to read. The story could be good if it was shorter. The length of it takes most of its interest away. The story is hardly believable and the characters do not make sense.

    17. May not necessarily be bad, but at 30 pages in, I'm getting antsy. Never was predisposed to like it, and what I've read justI dunno. Another free space in the bookshelf!

    18. Good legal thriller. Michael Ryan's daughter-in-law Is accused of killing his son. She asks Ryan to be her defense lawyer.

    19. I only made it through the fist two chapters. Way too much vulgar language for me. That kind of language is indicative of a limited vocabulary, and I find it intolerable.

    20. Another book that I picked up for 25 cents at a garage sale looks like it might be along the lines of Grisham's novels.

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