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In New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni's most intense and compelling legal thriller yet, attorney David Sloane returns to uncover a ruthless conspiracy that reaches farther and deeper than anything he could have imagined...

Just minutes after winning a $1.6 million wrongful death verdict, attorney David Sloane confronts the one case that threatens to blemish his unbeaten record in the courtroom. Beverly Ford wants Sloane to sue the United States Government and Military in the mysterious death of her husband James, a National Guardsman killed in Iraq. While a decades old military doctrine might make Ford's case impossible to win, Sloane, a former soldier himself, is compelled to find justice for the widow and her four children in what is certain to become the biggest challenge of his career.

With little hard evidence to go on, Sloane calls on his friend, reclusive former CIA agent turned private investigator Charles Jenkins, to track down the other men serving with Ford the night he died. Alarmingly, two of the four who returned home alive didn't stay that way for long, and though the mission's wheelchair-bound commander now works for a civilian contractor, he refuses to talk. The final and youngest soldier is also the most elusive, but he's their only shot at discovering the truth if Sloane and Jenkins can keep him alive long enough to tell it.

Meanwhile, Sloane isn't the only one on a manhunt. As he propels his case into a federal courtroom, those seeking to hide the truth threaten Sloane's family, forcing his new wife Tina and stepson Jake into hiding where they become the targets of a relentless killer. Now Sloane must race to uncover what really happened on that fatal mission, not only to bring justice to a family wronged, but to keep himself and the people closest to him from becoming the next casualties...

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Published By Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Publish Date: April, 2009


Hardcover, US $24.95

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Book Reviews
Xpress Review
A lawsuit against a toy company becomes a gut-wrenching journey for attorney David Sloan. With an intriguing premise and plenty of in- and out-of-the courtroom action, Dugoni's legal thriller will satisfy fans of the genre

Xpress Reviews, 5/14/10

Seattle Mystery Book Store Customer Review
Robert Dugoni's books have always been very good, in my opinion, and I've enjoyed them tremendously. I like his protagonist, David Sloane, and I admire the way Dugoni has led him to change and grow, leaving his sense of justice and honor intact.

Bodily Harm (Touchstone, $25.00, signing May 28th, noon) takes a leap beyond everything he's done so far, including Wrongful Death (Simon & Schuster, $7.99) which I thought was one of the more masterful novels I've ever read. It is disturbing and amazing and heartbreaking and incredibly hopeful all at once.

In this latest installment in the series, Sloane has just won a malpractice suit against a doctor in the death of a small boy. Sloane isn't entirely comfortable with the verdict; something about the case is nagging at him. So when a young man comes up to Sloane and admits that he was responsible for the boy's death, Sloane is compelled to investigate. What happens then will change his life forever.

In Bodily Harm, Robert Dugoni has opened up his heart and poured it out on the page. This is a strong, powerful and compelling book, and the honesty in it sometimes makes it difficult to read, but there's no way you can stop. It never mires down but keeps racing forward, taking you along with David Sloane down a dark and dangerous path. It's as much a testament to what people will do for love as it is an action-packed thriller, with twists along the way that will keep you guessing.

Robert Dugoni's Bodily Harm has just vaulted its way onto my Best Of The Year list, and I believe it will for you too.

Fran, Customer Review

Library Journal Review
Attorney David Sloane (The Jury Master, Wrongful Death) is on the verge of winning a huge medical malpractice judgment against a pediatrician whose patient died. But as Sloane heads into court, a crazed young man, Kyle Horgan, thrusts a folder into his hands claiming he's the one who killed the child. Perplexed, Sloane finds in the folder a design for a toy that is in preproduction testing. He also becomes the target of an ex-CIA agent turned assassin and suffers a devastating personal loss that leaves him with vengeance on his mind. Horgan disappears, the toy company stonewalls Sloane trying to protect its potential moneymaker, and then another child dies, probably from the same toy.

Verdict An intriguing premise incorporated with lots of action makes this a real page turner, but the courtroom is where the heart of this story lies. The combination of legal, corporate, and even some political thrills will appeal to fans of Richard North Patterson and Joseph Finder.

Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL

Providence Journal
Robert Dugoni does so many things well in his terrific Bodily Harm that it's hard to know where to start. Blending the best of Scott Turow and John Grisham with a hefty measure of the cutting-edge Michael Crichton thrillers Disclosure and Airframe, Dugonižs latest is a smooth, cross-genre hybrid that works on every level.

David Sloane, the Rambo of lawyers, is struggling to balance his mega-successful professional career with his not nearly as successful personal life. Fresh off another courtroom triumph, Sloane is about to dedicate himself more to his wife Tina and stepson Jake, when his world explodes in a maelstrom of violence and corporate shenanigans.

His surgeon told Sloane he was lucky to be alive. Jenkins knew Sloane didn't feel that way.

With his life literally coming apart, Sloane sets his sights on an evil toy manufacturer with strong ties to a high-tech Chinese assembly line that may or not be responsible for the deaths of several young children. Little, it turns out, is what both he and us thought it be originally. Good thing Sloane has partner, ex-CIA operative Charles Jenkins, on his side in a struggle for both revenge and redemption.

In that respect, Bodily Harm most resembles Word of Honor, still Nelson DeMille's masterwork. No Turow or Grisham tale ever had this kind of depth, color and breathless plotting, and the result brands Dugoni as the undisputed king of the legal thriller.

Reviewed by Jon Land

Booklist Starred Review
Dugoni has been knocking on the legal-thriller door for a while, and his latest firmly establishes him in the top echelon of the genre. Tense and shocking from the beginning to the surprising end, this is Dugoni s best book yet. Prior knowledge of his other David Sloane novels is not necessary, but they will be eagerly sought out by new readers who finish this one.
 Jeff Ayers, May 1, 2010

The third Sloane legal thriller (see Jury Master and Wrongful Death) is an enjoyable tale that is superb...[and] fast-paced regardless of which subplot takes center stage, readers will appreciate Robert Dugoni's latest suspense filled novel.
- The Mystery Gazette, April 21, 2010

[Dugoni's] following fast in John Grisham's footsteps
- Seattle City Arts Magazine, April 27, 2010

The Book Frog Blog
Robert Dugoni...has become a true master of the legal thriller. His pacing is perfect, fast enough to keep the reader on the edge of the seat, but still thoughtful and intelligent. His characters are well-developed... believable and sympathetic, and we read breathlessly as the several different plotlines--including Sloane's moving personal story--come together for a satisfying resolution. READ MORE

"Smart and savvy with more muscle than the average legal thriller... Dugoni has put the thrills back in the genre."

Nelson DeMille
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