Author: Sheldon Siegel
Published: August 15, 2002 by Putnam
Series Name: Mike Daley Mysteries
Main Character: Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez
Sheldon Siegel made an immediate impact with his first two novels, Special Circumstances and Incriminating Evidence, garnering high critical praise ("a page-turner of the finger-burning kind," said the San Francisco Chronicle), and leaping onto bestseller lists. Siegel has saved his best, however, for Criminal Intent, a simmering stew of murder, graft, sex, and high-stakes financial manipulation--and it's all in the family. You can pick your friends, they say, but you can't pick your family. And lately, Mike Daley's family has been keeping him very busy. An ex-priest, ex-public defender and ex-corporate lawyer, Daley and his former wife, Rosie Fernandez, run their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. They weren't so good at being married, they discovered, but they are a pretty good legal team. most of their cases are fairly small time, which is why it is surprising for the person accused of murdering movie director Richard (Big Dick) MacArthur to be calling them--except that the accused is Rosie's own niece Angelina. That case is bad enough, but the family problems don't end there: Rosie' brother, Tony, may be on the wrong side of a strong-arm graft proposal; the son of one of the firm's lawyers has just been busted on a drug charge; Mike is having a clandestine affair with a judge. . . and Rosie herself has a dark secret that may make all of it seem irrelevant. An intricate plot, immensely likable characters, powerful suspense and more than a touch of humor--these have already become Siegel's hallmarks, and Criminal Intent will keep the reader turning the pages until its final, surprising end.