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The Last Witness (Lou Mason Thrillers Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Joel Goldman
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What’s it like to be a target for murder? Every step you take, every sigh you make – could be your last. Could you outsmart a desperate killer?

Just as his life has returned to normal, Lou Mason’s surrogate father, Homicide Detective Harry Ryman, arrests his best friend, ex-cop Wilson ‘Blues’ Bluestone, Jr. on murder charges. Mason rolls in like a freight train to defend Blues uncovers dark and terrible secrets – secrets worth killing for. As his investigation closes in on the killer, the hunter becomes the hunted…and all Hell breaks loose.

Lou Mason is back in The Last Witness and this time, it’s personal. Our sexy, brilliant, and flawed trial lawyer unwittingly becomes the sole focus of a brutal killer. Witness this second thrilling installment in the Lou Mason series.

Enter the dangerous and dark world of this fast-paced legal thriller that moves the reader relentlessly through twists and turns to a shocking end.

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Did you miss the other suspense-laden Lou Mason books? Get Motion to Kill, Cold Truth, Deadlocked, and Final Judgment now for non-stop thrills and twists.

If you love the twists, turns, and edge-of-your-seat suspense delivered in John Grisham’s legal thrillers you’ll rave about Last Witness by Joel Goldman.

"Fast, furious and thoroughly enjoyable, The Last Witness is classic and classy noir for our time, filled with great characters and sharp, stylish writing." Jeffery Deaver, author of The Vanished Man and The Stone Monkey

“The Last Witness is an old fashioned, '40s, tough guy detective story set in modern times. There's a lot of action, loads of suspects, and plenty of snappy dialogue. It's a fun read from beginning to end." --Phillip Margolin, author of The Associate and Wild Justice

Joel Goldman has written another fast-paced legal thriller. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late." Sheldon Siegel, author of The Special Circumstances and Criminal Intent

“The Last Witness is a legal thriller written the way criminal law should be practiced: from the gut...one of the premier crime novels of the year." Jeremiah Healy, author of Turnabout and Spiral

Stunned by the non-stop action and crazy twists in the Lou Mason books? Then you won’t want to miss the 3 Jack Davis Thrillers: Shake Down, The Dead Man, and No Way Out. Oh, and don’t forget to buy Stone Cold, the first in Goldman’s chilling Alex Stone Thriller Series. Clear your schedule … you won’t want to put these down!

About the Author

I'm in my fifth decade as a fourth generation Kansas Citian. I spent twenty-eight years as a trial lawyer and plan to spend at least as many as a writer. I started writing when one of my law partners complained about another and I suggested we write a murder mystery, kill the SOB off in the first chapter and spend the rest of the book figuring out who did it. So I did. Read the rest of the story on my website at www.joelgoldman.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146377348X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ADM Enterprises, LLC (July 17 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D9PEJ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably entertaining but highly forgettable Feb. 26 2004
By Larry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kansas City trial attorney Lou Mason is asked to defend an old friend, ex-cop Wilson "Blues" Bluestone who is accused of murdering a local political bigwig, Jack Cullan. The police feel they have a slam dunk case and are no longer actively investigating it. Therefore, Mason must investigate it himself to set his friend free. Pursuing the truth, however, takes him into contact with some unsavory characters and Mason soon sees his own life in danger.
One of the problems any mystery writer who is writing a story about an amateur detective must overcome is the justification for their character's investigation. What must also be addressed is why should their investigation prove any more successful than the police investigation? Joel Goldman accomplishes this in two ways. First, the police feel they have the murderer and stop the investigation. However, more importantly, he makes the politics such that corruption is the true culprit behind Blue's arrest and the corrupt officials shut the investigation down. Joel Goldman is a trial lawyer. With his main character also a trial lawyer, I was expecting a good solid legal thriller. A strong courtroom scene can add impact and another layer to the story. Instead we have a reasonably well told amateur detective story of no real significant worth. The story appears padded and the competently created characters are a bit too numerous. (A character list at the beginning might have helped.) This is a reasonably entertaining but highly forgettable mystery novel and, in actuality, a disappointing Edgar nominee.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel Time: The Last Witness Aug. 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is very hard for an author to duplicate the power of the first novel. Sometimes the author can, and on rare occasion, exceed the first book. Joel Goldman certainly has managed to do so in this new sequel to his very enjoyable first book, Motion To Kill. As always, I recommend that any interested readers read the first book, which is mentioned occasionally in this sequel. Kansas City trial lawyer Lou Mason as well as most of the other characters are back in this novel. This time Lou Mason has to defend his friend, mentor and landlord, Wilson "Blues" Bluestone who has been accused of murdering Jack Cullan.
Jack Cullan was the mayor's lawyer as well as the political fixer for the powers that be as well as anyone else with enough need and money in Kansas City. Rumor had it that he had files on everyone in town and could have taught J. Edgar Hoover a thing or two in that area. When Cullan is found dead after a violent conformation with Blues in the bar Blues' owns, suspicion naturally falls on Blues.
But suspicion had lots of help and Blue and Lou realize a complex frame is underway. Not only does Lou have to fight Blues' case in court, he also has to stay alive on the wintry streets of Kansas City as various forces, for their own clashing reasons, seek to stop him one way or the other.
Once again, Joel Goldman weaves an interesting complex tale of intrigue, deceit and murder with the occasional dry humorous comment about the world and the legal profession. Unlike John Grisham, Joel Goldmoon, does not ever mount the soap box to lecture the reader on the evils of the legal profession and does not allow the occasional side comment to interfere with the flow of a good story. Tight writing, plenty of action and a very good twisting mystery puzzle make this another great book of his to read. With two done and two more featuring Lou Mason on the way, he soon should supplant Grisham at his own game and does it by writing a simply better book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, shockingly educational who-done-it March 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anyone who expects to make it in business or politics in Kansas City had to deal with Jack Cullan until someone killed him. The circumstantial evidence heavily points towards ex-cop and now bar owner Blues Bluestone. Last night Blues interceded and roughed up Jack when he was physically bullying Beth Harnell, Chairwoman of the Missouri Gaming Commission. During the one sided scuffle between the males, Jack scratched Blues' hands leaving the barkeep's skin (DNA) under the political fixer's fingernails.
Homicide Detectives Rymer and Zimmerman arrest Blues for murder; Blues retains Lou Mason as his attorney. No bail is granted because someone with strings wants the pressure of prison time to either break Jack into a confession or have him killed in jail. Either way the case closed. Knowing the system is already heavily rigged towards the prosecution and this case is perfect for the other side, Lou realizes he cannot win in court so he must find the real killer.
The second Mason legal thriller is an exciting tale that reads more like a private investigative novel. The legal aspects of the plot show how the game is fixed to overwhelmingly maximize the odds in favor of the government regardless of whether justice is served or even whether a convicted person did the act (Governor Ryan). Besides the eye opening look at the American legal system, Lou is a wishbone pulled in two directions by his friendship for the accused and his loving respect for the lead detective. All together this combo makes for an entertaining, shockingly educational who-done-it.
Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mason's Back! March 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you liked the first one, you're gonna love this one! Mason is back in full force. He's wise-crackin', in danger, and taking you for the ride. I won't bother with a summary. You can get it all from this site. Read it and have a good time.
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