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The chef's knife was in the wrong place... wedged deep in the gut of celebrity chef Carlos Cruz. With her bloody discovery, Mercy could lose it all. And not just for her, her entire family is at risk too. San Francisco's hottest young chef rose from modest beginnings to getting a James Beard Award for his upscale Mission District eatery, El Conquistador. In addition to creat The chef's knife was in the wrong place... wedged deep in the gut of celebrity chef Carlos Cruz. With her bloody discovery, Mercy could lose it all. And not just for her, her entire family is at risk too. San Francisco's hottest young chef rose from modest beginnings to getting a James Beard Award for his upscale Mission District eatery, El Conquistador. In addition to creating cutting-edge cuisine, the mercurial Cruz has been accused of sexual harassment multiple times. Smart, ambitious, and tenacious, Mercedes "Mercy" Tejada was granted Dreamer status while studying to become a nurse. The waitress job wasn't the ideal, but the tips paid the bills. When she finds Cruz dying in the alley behind his trendy bistro, she knows she's in a lot of trouble. Mercy's fingerprints and blood-splattered sweatshirt make her a prime suspect. It doesn't help that she and Cruz were seen fighting and Mercy threatened him. In THE DREAMER, the eleventh installment of New York Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel's iconic San Francisco series, ex-spouses and Public Defenders Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez are thrust into the middle of this politically charged case and tasked with finding the truth. The case is personal for them too. Mercy's mom, Perlita, is the longtime housekeeper for Rosie's mother, Sylvia. It is Sylvia who asks Rosie and Mike to handle Mercy's case. There are political ramifications as well. Rosie is running for re-election as Public Defender. Her decision to handle a dreamer's defense herself will not play well to a portion of the electorate. As Mercy's case hurtles toward trial, Rosie, Mike, and Mike's brother/private investigator, Pete, race between the tenements, trendy restaurants, and century-old churches of the Mission District in a desperate search for an elusive truth where everybody--including Mike and Rosie and their families--has something to hide. An intricate plot, likeable characters, powerful suspense, and a touch of humor are Sheldon Siegel's hallmarks. In THE DREAMER, readers will discover once again why Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez have been called two of the most compelling characters in contemporary crime fiction.


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The chef's knife was in the wrong place... wedged deep in the gut of celebrity chef Carlos Cruz. With her bloody discovery, Mercy could lose it all. And not just for her, her entire family is at risk too. San Francisco's hottest young chef rose from modest beginnings to getting a James Beard Award for his upscale Mission District eatery, El Conquistador. In addition to creat The chef's knife was in the wrong place... wedged deep in the gut of celebrity chef Carlos Cruz. With her bloody discovery, Mercy could lose it all. And not just for her, her entire family is at risk too. San Francisco's hottest young chef rose from modest beginnings to getting a James Beard Award for his upscale Mission District eatery, El Conquistador. In addition to creating cutting-edge cuisine, the mercurial Cruz has been accused of sexual harassment multiple times. Smart, ambitious, and tenacious, Mercedes "Mercy" Tejada was granted Dreamer status while studying to become a nurse. The waitress job wasn't the ideal, but the tips paid the bills. When she finds Cruz dying in the alley behind his trendy bistro, she knows she's in a lot of trouble. Mercy's fingerprints and blood-splattered sweatshirt make her a prime suspect. It doesn't help that she and Cruz were seen fighting and Mercy threatened him. In THE DREAMER, the eleventh installment of New York Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel's iconic San Francisco series, ex-spouses and Public Defenders Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez are thrust into the middle of this politically charged case and tasked with finding the truth. The case is personal for them too. Mercy's mom, Perlita, is the longtime housekeeper for Rosie's mother, Sylvia. It is Sylvia who asks Rosie and Mike to handle Mercy's case. There are political ramifications as well. Rosie is running for re-election as Public Defender. Her decision to handle a dreamer's defense herself will not play well to a portion of the electorate. As Mercy's case hurtles toward trial, Rosie, Mike, and Mike's brother/private investigator, Pete, race between the tenements, trendy restaurants, and century-old churches of the Mission District in a desperate search for an elusive truth where everybody--including Mike and Rosie and their families--has something to hide. An intricate plot, likeable characters, powerful suspense, and a touch of humor are Sheldon Siegel's hallmarks. In THE DREAMER, readers will discover once again why Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez have been called two of the most compelling characters in contemporary crime fiction.

30 review for The Dreamer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    4 stars for another enjoyable legal mystery by Sheldon Siegel. This is book 11 in the series, but all of them would work as standalones, because Siegel provides enough background information on the characters and their relationships in each book for the reader to read them out of order. However, there are developing relationships that progress throughout the series, so I read them mostly in order. In this book Rosie's mom Sylvia asks her to defend Mercedes "Mercy" Tejada, who is the daughter of 4 stars for another enjoyable legal mystery by Sheldon Siegel. This is book 11 in the series, but all of them would work as standalones, because Siegel provides enough background information on the characters and their relationships in each book for the reader to read them out of order. However, there are developing relationships that progress throughout the series, so I read them mostly in order. In this book Rosie's mom Sylvia asks her to defend Mercedes "Mercy" Tejada, who is the daughter of Sylvia's longtime housekeeper and friend, Perlita Tejada. Mercy is accused of murdering her boss, Carlos Cruz. Both Perlita and Mercy are undocumented. Rosie is now the elected Public Defender and Mike's boss. Mike is co chief of the felony division of the PD office. They usually don't try cases, due to administrative responsibilities. But Sylvia's wants Rosie to take on this case and Rosie can't say no to her mom. The evidence against Mercy is substantial, and she has been in jail for a year, awaiting trial. Two quotes: Mike's Uncle John "Besides,' he continued, 'I don't like all of the nastiness directed at immigrants, legal or otherwise. It's mean spirited. Most of them come here because they're desperate to find work and feed their kids.--just like our ancestors." Cocktail--"Rivera ordered an El Chapo, a combination of mescal, prickly pear liqueur, lime tamarind and agave, served on the rocks with a cayenne salt rim." Both my wife and I enjoy this series. I read this kindle unlimited book in 3 days.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rich

    It was another good book by this author, all the books have been good in this series. It felt like putting on an old shoe reading this book . It was nice to see the main characters again and the case was ok , I felt maybe it was to easy of a case for Mike and Rosie that would be my one major complaint. The story moved at a good pace and it was an easy read. You do not have to read the first book in this series to read this one but my own opinion it only makes sense to reads the books in order in It was another good book by this author, all the books have been good in this series. It felt like putting on an old shoe reading this book . It was nice to see the main characters again and the case was ok , I felt maybe it was to easy of a case for Mike and Rosie that would be my one major complaint. The story moved at a good pace and it was an easy read. You do not have to read the first book in this series to read this one but my own opinion it only makes sense to reads the books in order in any series. I look forward to the next boo in the series and hope maybe it is a harder case, so I say go ahead and give this book a spin.

  3. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    First Sentence: The Honorable Elizabeth McDaniel glanced at her watch, rested her chin in her palm, and spoke to me in a world-weary tone still bearing a trace of her native Alabama. Mercedes "Mercy" Tejada is a Dreamer who was brought to the United States as a baby. Now she's accused of murdering her boss, James Beard Award recipient, Carlos Cruz. Carlos was known for sexually harassing his female staff, particularly Mercy. Now, he is dead in an alley, Mercy kneeling over him, and her prints on First Sentence: The Honorable Elizabeth McDaniel glanced at her watch, rested her chin in her palm, and spoke to me in a world-weary tone still bearing a trace of her native Alabama. Mercedes "Mercy" Tejada is a Dreamer who was brought to the United States as a baby. Now she's accused of murdering her boss, James Beard Award recipient, Carlos Cruz. Carlos was known for sexually harassing his female staff, particularly Mercy. Now, he is dead in an alley, Mercy kneeling over him, and her prints on the knife next to him. San Francisco Public Defenders Rosie and Mike are against the clock to prove Mercy innocent, and to keep her, and her family, from being deported. Siegel begins with an amusing vignette that pleases and establishes Mike Daley as a sharp, clever, and well-established lawyer. The way in which we meet the others in Mike's life, especially his ex-wife and boss, Rosie Fernandez, is handled succinctly, but with clarity. A murder case is always the perfect base for a legal mystery. Add the element of a Dreamer with an undocumented mother, and the level of suspense immediately escalates. The decision of Rose to be the lead attorney, with Mike as second chair, makes one smile. Siegel excels at throwing back the cover on the legal system. He shows just how unjust justice can be, especially if one is a woman, a person of color, and undocumented. Siegel takes on the issue of undocumented workers. What is nice is that the story addresses the issue from a moral perspective, rather than a political one. Reading about a city one knows well always adds a personal touch. However, even when it is a city unknown to the reader, some things have become sadly universal in urban areas—"A homeless man asked me for change. A man in a Warriors jersey offered me a fentanyl. A woman in a halter top asked me if I was looking for a date." There is an excellent twist and good questions are raised during the investigation. One doesn't normally think of the initial, information-gathering phase of a case as being suspenseful. Under Siegel's deft hand, it is. It may be a classic trope, but it is always interesting to have a victim everyone wants to kill. But watching Rosie and Mike prepare a case with no other suspects, and no witnesses, based on a defense of SODDI (“some other dude did it”), and with the prosecution not meeting the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt makes things all the more engrossing. "The Dreamer" is a well-done legal mystery with a very satisfying affirmation at the end. Siegel is an under-appreciated author who writes excellent legal procedurals. THE DREAMER (LegalProc-Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez-San Francisco-Contemp) – VG Siegel, Sheldon M. – 11th in series Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc. – Mar 2020

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nick Stika

    I do enjoy the world of Mike and Rosie. Their cases are always interesting and the cast of characters are people I could see myself hanging out with. I hope to see more adventures in the future!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This book was a big disappointment. I had some real hopes for it since the settings seem well described and takes place in a neighborhood where I lived 50 years ago. However, the characters at the center of the mystery seemed like cardboard cutouts. Mercy, a young women with Dreamer status, is on trial for murdering her boss. She is never developed as a character. If asked if she did it she says no. If asked if she has eaten she says yes. If asked if she is taking her insulin she says yes. Maybe This book was a big disappointment. I had some real hopes for it since the settings seem well described and takes place in a neighborhood where I lived 50 years ago. However, the characters at the center of the mystery seemed like cardboard cutouts. Mercy, a young women with Dreamer status, is on trial for murdering her boss. She is never developed as a character. If asked if she did it she says no. If asked if she has eaten she says yes. If asked if she is taking her insulin she says yes. Maybe my problem is that this is the first book I have read in a series that has 10 earlier book. Siegel does spend some effort describing re-occurring characters. But the details about where they went to high school and college 30 or 40 years ago seem like filler. I have no idea why so many people find this to be a 4 or 5 star book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    The book was very repetitive , very predictable and very political. I like the characters, but this story was weak.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arabella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was pretty decent not really a huge fan on reading murder mystery books when I first started reading I kind of forgot how quickly I went through the first half although I did thought that there would be more to it. Also I was kind of suspicious of that Alejandro Cruz killed his brother.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Skyedaisy McKee

    More filler Is it l e or do these characters seem like poorly disguised copies of Dismas Hardy, et al? Every time I read one of these books, I spend half the time skimming the cut and paste crud from the previous novels, plus the absurd meal descriptions every other page!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Simon Gosselin

    This is the eleventh installment of the Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez serie. Mercedes Tejada is a Dreamer who was brought to the United States as a baby. Now she’s accused of murdering her boss, celebrity chef Carlos Cruz who was known for sexually harassing his female staff, particularly her. Now, he is dead in an alley, Mercy kneeling over him, and her prints on the knife next to him. Rosie and Mike are against the clock to prove Mercy innocent, and to keep her, and her family from the threat This is the eleventh installment of the Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez serie. Mercedes Tejada is a Dreamer who was brought to the United States as a baby. Now she’s accused of murdering her boss, celebrity chef Carlos Cruz who was known for sexually harassing his female staff, particularly her. Now, he is dead in an alley, Mercy kneeling over him, and her prints on the knife next to him. Rosie and Mike are against the clock to prove Mercy innocent, and to keep her, and her family from the threat of deportation! It may be a classic trope, but it is always interesting to have a victim everyone wants to kill. But watching Rosie and Mike prepare a case with no other suspects, and no witnesses, based on a defense of SODDI (“some other dude did it”), and with the prosecution not meeting the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt makes things all the more engrossing. There is a major plot twist and a very satisfying affirmation at the end. Siegel is an under-appreciated author who writes excellent legal procedurals and this book is one of his strongest offerings. 4.5*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Mike’s ex mother in law had brought her neighbor into his and Rosie’s offices The daughter was charged with murder of the chef where she had been working . After a year in jail she now needs a new lawyer, and no funds to pay for Mike and Rosie to take. Mercy was not born here, she was a “dreamer” granted an immigration policy to stay here and become a nurse. She had been working with the owner Cruz, he was always hitting on her. He demand too much from all of them, she needed money to take home f Mike’s ex mother in law had brought her neighbor into his and Rosie’s offices The daughter was charged with murder of the chef where she had been working . After a year in jail she now needs a new lawyer, and no funds to pay for Mike and Rosie to take. Mercy was not born here, she was a “dreamer” granted an immigration policy to stay here and become a nurse. She had been working with the owner Cruz, he was always hitting on her. He demand too much from all of them, she needed money to take home for her mother. With little time before the court date, and papers sent over were very thin. The workers that had work at the restaurant have disappeared, main,y because they were ICE from Mexico. A good flowing procedure of a case, will they win or lose. The other was of people here wanting a better life and what they go through, sometimes like Mercy the circumstances were not good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lois Chilton

    The Dreamer The Dreamer is absolutely an A#1 storyline, with a murder charge against Mercy, herself a Dreamer. Everything about this story could be true. The more than successful Restaurant, with the more than successful Chef who is a sexual predator on all of his employees & even on the female manager hired by his financial backer. He threatened his undocumented workers with ICE to make them comply. He is murdered. Mercy is arrested & charged with murder. Rosie Fernandez & Mike Daley take her cas The Dreamer The Dreamer is absolutely an A#1 storyline, with a murder charge against Mercy, herself a Dreamer. Everything about this story could be true. The more than successful Restaurant, with the more than successful Chef who is a sexual predator on all of his employees & even on the female manager hired by his financial backer. He threatened his undocumented workers with ICE to make them comply. He is murdered. Mercy is arrested & charged with murder. Rosie Fernandez & Mike Daley take her case. There's so much more to the story. Witnesses with & without documentation. Witnesses murdered in their own businesses. You HAVE to read this story. Great characters. Great Read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thomas R.

    The Dreamer is a very timely story dealing with The problems facing Dreamers in our country. A Dreamer is accused of murdering her Boss ( A Mexican -American chef). The author understands the Politics involved in this process, Dreamers do jobs that most Americans would not do, they live in fear from the Authorities and the people who hire them. The author understands Police Procedures and how once the police lock in on a suspect they become close minded and basically quit investigating the crime The Dreamer is a very timely story dealing with The problems facing Dreamers in our country. A Dreamer is accused of murdering her Boss ( A Mexican -American chef). The author understands the Politics involved in this process, Dreamers do jobs that most Americans would not do, they live in fear from the Authorities and the people who hire them. The author understands Police Procedures and how once the police lock in on a suspect they become close minded and basically quit investigating the crime. I loved the ending of the book and I hope that the author continues writing about these characters.

  13. 5 out of 5

    D. Jane Akins

    Another good book in this series Although I thought this was not the best book in the series, I like the continuation of the series. The reason I was a little disappointed in this one was because I felt like it didn’t quite develop the story line as well and I particularly thought the trial itself, which is usually very well detailed, was a little shorter and less detailed than usual. Of course, the premise of the book was that they only had 3 weeks to prepare for trial so that would perhaps expl Another good book in this series Although I thought this was not the best book in the series, I like the continuation of the series. The reason I was a little disappointed in this one was because I felt like it didn’t quite develop the story line as well and I particularly thought the trial itself, which is usually very well detailed, was a little shorter and less detailed than usual. Of course, the premise of the book was that they only had 3 weeks to prepare for trial so that would perhaps explain the simplicity of the narrative. All of that being said, I still gave it 5 stars and am off to read the next book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Oxier

    This was a good legal thriller. I've been following the series and really like the main characters. Rosie and Mike were once married and couldn't make it work. Instead they opened a law practice together. Their current client is a young woman accused of murdering her boss. The girl's mother is friends with Rosie's mother. Hence Rosie's involvement in the case. Things are complicated by the fact the defendant 's mother is an illegal and if it becomes known ICE could get involved and she could be This was a good legal thriller. I've been following the series and really like the main characters. Rosie and Mike were once married and couldn't make it work. Instead they opened a law practice together. Their current client is a young woman accused of murdering her boss. The girl's mother is friends with Rosie's mother. Hence Rosie's involvement in the case. Things are complicated by the fact the defendant 's mother is an illegal and if it becomes known ICE could get involved and she could be deported. If you enjoy good courtroom drama then you don't want to miss this one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Predictable But Entertaining This series is always entertaining and relevant. The characters begin to feel like a family. They are very human and warm. I have one criticism that started to bug me as it became more evident. Siegel often starts a chapter with a conversation and then sets the physical setting. Once you notice it, it becomes annoying and predictable. Otherwise addressing immigration and the Dream Act are worthy subjects. And of course happy endings don’t hurt. Overall a pleasant read Predictable But Entertaining This series is always entertaining and relevant. The characters begin to feel like a family. They are very human and warm. I have one criticism that started to bug me as it became more evident. Siegel often starts a chapter with a conversation and then sets the physical setting. Once you notice it, it becomes annoying and predictable. Otherwise addressing immigration and the Dream Act are worthy subjects. And of course happy endings don’t hurt. Overall a pleasant read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan DELLNER

    Another entertaining case by the Mike Daley and crew. This plot evolves around a celebrity chef who is murdered and one of his wait staff just happens to be a Dreamer charged with the crime. The story shines a light on the Latinx community and the hardships of being a Dreamer (immigrant) in this country. As always the characters are well developed, suspense is created as soon as you start guessing who actually did it and why. Sheldon Siegel's uses his hallmark legal strategies as Rosie and Mike Another entertaining case by the Mike Daley and crew. This plot evolves around a celebrity chef who is murdered and one of his wait staff just happens to be a Dreamer charged with the crime. The story shines a light on the Latinx community and the hardships of being a Dreamer (immigrant) in this country. As always the characters are well developed, suspense is created as soon as you start guessing who actually did it and why. Sheldon Siegel's uses his hallmark legal strategies as Rosie and Mike plot how to defend the Dreamer in their court battle with the city SF prosecutor.

  17. 5 out of 5

    William J Zaremba

    Is Everyone a Dreamer Rosie and Mike our in another classic courtroom adventure as Rosie decides to help a friend if her Momma as her daughter has been charged for murder of her boss. He was a top rated chef and a top end sexual animal who treats people like dirt. Her name is Mercedes and she us found at the scene with the knife in her hands and on her clothes. She was trying to save him but the police don't believe her and with her being a dreamer which she isn't a illegal but she is not a US ci Is Everyone a Dreamer Rosie and Mike our in another classic courtroom adventure as Rosie decides to help a friend if her Momma as her daughter has been charged for murder of her boss. He was a top rated chef and a top end sexual animal who treats people like dirt. Her name is Mercedes and she us found at the scene with the knife in her hands and on her clothes. She was trying to save him but the police don't believe her and with her being a dreamer which she isn't a illegal but she is not a US citizen finds her being the only suspect.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Loretta Scott

    I liked the family element that was brought back into this book. Some of Mike's for Cliques are getting stale. ie: nobody says, "Pete's name was shown on the display". (numerous times) real people would say " my phone rang; it was Pete. " I'm a new reader and fan of your work. I've read all of your Mike/Rosie series in the last 4 months. If you can't stay ahead of me, I will probably suffer with withdrawals. Get back to work. I liked the family element that was brought back into this book. Some of Mike's for Cliques are getting stale. ie: nobody says, "Pete's name was shown on the display". (numerous times) real people would say " my phone rang; it was Pete. " I'm a new reader and fan of your work. I've read all of your Mike/Rosie series in the last 4 months. If you can't stay ahead of me, I will probably suffer with withdrawals. Get back to work.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This plot has more twists and turns than San Francisco's famous Lombard Street, and is too complex to summarize in a few sentences. See book description above. I consider myself a pretty fair "armchair detective," but I missed a vital clue: there is a discrepancy in the witnesses' testimony. If you can catch it, you may be able to figure out who the killer is before the final reveal. This plot has more twists and turns than San Francisco's famous Lombard Street, and is too complex to summarize in a few sentences. See book description above. I consider myself a pretty fair "armchair detective," but I missed a vital clue: there is a discrepancy in the witnesses' testimony. If you can catch it, you may be able to figure out who the killer is before the final reveal.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    I was delighted to spend the day reading The Dreamer and being back in the world of Mike and Rosie - while obeying the current directives of the health authorities to stay at home due to the pandemic. I enjoy the humour in the books, the feeling that I know these people, and Siegel's ability to provide information about, and ways of looking at, various legal and humanitarian issues. I was delighted to spend the day reading The Dreamer and being back in the world of Mike and Rosie - while obeying the current directives of the health authorities to stay at home due to the pandemic. I enjoy the humour in the books, the feeling that I know these people, and Siegel's ability to provide information about, and ways of looking at, various legal and humanitarian issues.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen greer

    Anything this author writes is great. He is a great writer. I started and finished this book in one day. It grabbed me from the first page and I could not put it down. Very well written murder mystery. It has interesting cast of characters and a very fast paced and with just the right amount of humor thrown in. I highly recommend this book

  22. 4 out of 5

    E Berry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I always enjoy the Mike Daly books. I find the characters to be believable and the story lines are well thought out. I think it was a very timely topic for those caught up in the immigration dilemma. The fear that the characters have about being deported was well described in this book. Unfortunately too many cases don’t end on a good note.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charlette

    Another great Mike and Rosie Novel! I really enjoy the authors writing style. The story was interesting and enlightening regarding what immigrants go thru to have a life and freedom that we take for granted. All the characters are colorful, fun and smart. However, after reading the series, you wait thru the whole book to find who the author pulls out of his rabbit's hat. Another great Mike and Rosie Novel! I really enjoy the authors writing style. The story was interesting and enlightening regarding what immigrants go thru to have a life and freedom that we take for granted. All the characters are colorful, fun and smart. However, after reading the series, you wait thru the whole book to find who the author pulls out of his rabbit's hat.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Mccollum

    I adore this entire series. This is the11th book and I’ve read each of the previous 10. In addition to being a fast-paced and interesting read -it’s so nice to reconnect with these familiar characters in a beautiful San Francisco. It’s truly as if you’re having a family reunion. The plot is intriguing and the legal/courtroom chapters don’t disappoint. I’d Definitely recommend this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Swanson

    Sheldon does it again. Another solid Mike and Rosie mystery from one of my favorite authors. This one came with a culinary tour of San Francisco, which just made me hungry. My favorite character was the blood spatter expert named for my good friend, Lloyd Russell. Made me feel like I was privy to an inside joke.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Larry

    This was my sixth in Siegel s legal thrillers with Mike &Rosie. His stories are well thought out with easy to follow characters. I especially like his courtroom dialogues with realistic back and forth involving all the participants. It's easy to see how he draws on his actual experience practicing law. For legal thrillers, Siegel rates a strong five stars. Larry O This was my sixth in Siegel s legal thrillers with Mike &Rosie. His stories are well thought out with easy to follow characters. I especially like his courtroom dialogues with realistic back and forth involving all the participants. It's easy to see how he draws on his actual experience practicing law. For legal thrillers, Siegel rates a strong five stars. Larry O

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This story line is ok. I thought the characters were very one-dimensional. Also, wasn’t hard to predict that Mercy was innocent and that Carmen, the illusive witness, would have vital information leading to the truth. Also wasn’t hard to predict that Alejandro, Cruz’s brother and the only one testifying he saw Mercy remove the knife from the kitchen, was killer. Totally predictable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Tucker

    Thanks again to Sheldon Siegel for such a terrific series of courtroom thrillers. I hope there's more to come. The Dreamer certainly helps put into perspective the extraordinary challenges that hardworking, underpaid immigrants face every day. Mike and Rosie to the rescue of an innocent victim of shoddy police work, her life of sexual victimhood and her family's constant threats from ICE. Thanks again to Sheldon Siegel for such a terrific series of courtroom thrillers. I hope there's more to come. The Dreamer certainly helps put into perspective the extraordinary challenges that hardworking, underpaid immigrants face every day. Mike and Rosie to the rescue of an innocent victim of shoddy police work, her life of sexual victimhood and her family's constant threats from ICE.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Another Mike and Rosie winner I love the pace of these stories and the fact I am pulled in by the end of the first page. Having lived in the Bay Area, I also love the familiarity of the surroundings. Like if I hopped on a BART train, I might run into the dynamic duo marching through the Mission doing their thing. Cannot wait for the next installment.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Strommen

    Mike and Rosie are back! The story was really good. Love the courtroom and the flow of this story. Never wanted to put it down. I love how the story came alive and I felt like I was there. Can’t wait for more.

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