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Whistleblower

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WHISTLEBLOWER Mike Stratton, a disbarred attorney, recently released from federal prison, wakes up in jail in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, his boyhood hometown, suffering from amnesia and charged with the rape and murder of Diane Lawson, a high school girlfriend, whose half-naked body was found in his Winnebago at a local campground. Stratton's last memory is arriving unannounced at his Encino home, where he discovered his wife, Shiela, playing house with Gordon Heller—his best friend, former law partner, and a co-participant in the insider-trading scheme that sent Stratton to prison. When C. J. Hagerty, the feisty and eccentric female attorney appointed to defend Stratton, wins a bail hearing, Stratton is forced to confront his own demons as he sets out to discover if he, or someone else, killed Diane Lawson. Set against the background of colorful San Diego, Whistleblower is a tightly crafted murder mystery and courtroom drama that will have readers turning the pages until the final plot-twisting denouement.

WHISTLEBLOWER Mike Stratton, a disbarred attorney, recently released from federal prison, wakes up in jail in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, his boyhood hometown, suffering from amnesia and charged with the rape and murder of Diane Lawson, a high school girlfriend, whose half-naked body was found in his Winnebago at a local campground. Stratton's last memory is arriving unannounced at his Encino home, where he discovered his wife, Shiela, playing house with Gordon Heller—his best friend, former law partner, and a co-participant in the insider-trading scheme that sent Stratton to prison. When C. J. Hagerty, the feisty and eccentric female attorney appointed to defend Stratton, wins a bail hearing, Stratton is forced to confront his own demons as he sets out to discover if he, or someone else, killed Diane Lawson. Set against the background of colorful San Diego, Whistleblower is a tightly crafted murder mystery and courtroom drama that will have readers turning the pages until the final plot-twisting denouement.

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Publish date: Jun 2007
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darcyo_12 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Fresh out of prison for insider trading, disbarred lawyer Mike Stratton returns to his Encino home only to discover his wife with Gordon Heller, his former partner and best friend who was a co-participant in the insider trading scheme. After attacking Heller, Stratton is found by police in his travel trailer in Cardiff-by-the Sea, his hometown. In his trailer, the body of 35-year-old Diane Lawson is also found, which leads to his arrest in her murder. The problem? He didn't do it and has amnesia about what happened prior to and after his arrival in Cardiff-by-the Sea.Hot shot lawyer C. J. Hagerty is appointed to defend Stratton. But Stratton wants to find out who killed Lawson and conducts his own investigation figuring that's the only way to get out of the mess he's in. He enlists the help of contacts from his lawyer past and from his prison days, including chess-playing Sheriff Sam Wiggens.Author Richard Hicks has written a finely crafted murder mystery that takes readers on a roller-coaster ride with Mike Stratton. This book will keep readers on the edge of their seats waiting to find out what will happen next. Hicks leaves readers with a truly satisfying ending. I would recommend the book to all lovers of courtroom drama and murder mysteries.
khood83 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Whistleblower by Richard Hicks is a book I had a hard time putting down. From the first line of the book, "Even with my eyes closed I knew where I was", until right before the unlikely reveal, I found myself asking "what happens next?" The book revolves around Mike Stratton, an attorney who wakes up in jail. Suffering from amnesia, he wakes up in jail to find that he has been charged with the rape and murder and murder of a woman named Diane Lawson. His story gets more and more complicated as the book goes on. Normally this would be a bit annoying, but as the book is so well-written, the entire read is very believable.A thrilling story laced with stunning character development made this a wonderful read. I recommend Whistleblower to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or suspense book.
caapril reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Whistleblower is an Eric Hoffer Award winning novel written by retired trial attorney Richard Hicks. The story starts with Mike Stratton waking up in jail. He has no memory of why he is there and soon finds out he has been charged with the rape and murder of Diane Lawson. Although he can’t remember anything about that night, he knows he could not have done these hideous acts and sets out to find the real killer before it’s too late. As if that isn’t enough, we discover that he was just released from prison where he served time for insider trading and was also disbarred because of this conviction. He arrives home to find his wife shacking up with his ex-partner and realizes his own son barely knows him. With no job and no family, Mike could really use a break. Instead, he ends up right back in jail and it becomes the job of attorney CJ Haggerty to get him out.I started reading this book and it didn’t take me long to see why it had won an award. Richard Hicks is a talented author and has composed an intricate murder mystery that I could easily see right up there on the best seller list with the likes of Sue Grafton and John Grisham. The characters are well-developed, as well as believable, and the suspense kept building until I was reading and turning pages at a furious pace so I could find out who did it as quickly as possible. Seriously, I couldn’t figure out who the murderer was and it was frustrating me to no end. That right there takes talent as I find many mysteries these days are just a bit predictable and even a bit boring on occasion.If you like a great mystery you will love this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates a well-developed, well-written story that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.
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