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October 13, 2023

Her Deadly Game by Robert Dugoni ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Keera Duggan was an up-and-coming prosecutor until a romantic relationship with a colleague ended badly. Now she is preparing to make a name for herself as a defense attorney against that colleague. Is she ready? She better be as a man's life is at stake.

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book cover of legal thriller Her Deadly Game by Robert Dugoni
March 2023; Thomas & Mercer; 978-1662500190
audio, ebook, print (396 pages); legal thriller

If you enjoy courtroom dramas then this is definitely a book you will want to read. I had trouble putting it down.

I've read a couple of books in Robert Dugoni's Charles Jenkins series. It is a spy thriller which is my absolute favorite genre when done well. Her Deadly Game is the first book in the Keera Duggan series. I wasn't really sure what I was getting into as legal thrillers can take a few different tactics. 

I really liked the characters. Keera is the daughter of a famous (or perhaps infamous is the better term) Seattle defense attorney. He also happens to be an alcoholic which has left family relationships strained. But Patrick Duggan and Associates is a family business and Keera is determined to be just as good as a defense attorney as her father. In addition to Keera, her two sisters work at the firm and her mother often brings food to the late-night trial prep sessions.

The writing was just as good as I expected it to be based on the previous Dugoni books I've read. I'm not a chess player and I feared that the game Keera is playing, and which serves as an analogy to trying a case, would lose me. But enough explanation is given to follow the analogy (if not the game). I appreciated how deftly Dugoni wrote the explanation of chess moves. It could very well have been presented in an abrupt way but it felt natural.

I feel the primary plot was Keera's court appearance while the actual murder is a secondary plot. I did want to know if the accused actually did it, but more so, I wanted to see Keera triumph.

If you are looking for a great book to curl up with for a long evening of reading, then this is definitely a book you will want to get.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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