The 7th Canon

The 7th Canon

by Robert Dugoni


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A riveting legal thriller from Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave.

In San Francisco’s seamy Tenderloin district, a teenage street hustler has been murdered in a shelter for boys. And the dedicated priest who runs the struggling home stands accused. But despite damning evidence that he’s a killer—and worse—Father Thomas Martin stands by his innocence. And attorney Peter Donley stands with him.

For three years Donley has cut his legal teeth in his uncle’s tiny, no-frills firm, where people come before profits. Just as Donley is poised to move on to a lucrative dream job, the shocking case lands in his lap, and he must put his future on hold while putting his courtroom skills to the test. But a ruthless DA seeking headlines and a brutal homicide cop bent on vengeance have their own agendas. Now, as he unearths the dirty secrets surrounding the case, Donley must risk his neck to save his client’s life…and expose the face of true evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503939424
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Pages: 325
Sales rank: 387,423
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Dugoni is the author of the bestselling Tracy Crosswhite series (My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath, and In the Clearing) as well as the critically acclaimed David Sloane series (The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction). He’s been nominated for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction and the International Thriller Award, and My Sister’s Grave won the 2015 Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction. It also became a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller and was named one of the best thrillers of 2014 by Library Journal and Suspense Magazine. Dugoni’s nonfiction exposé, The Cyanide Canary, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and the Providence Journal called him “the undisputed king of the legal thriller” and “heir to Grisham’s literary throne.” Visit his website at, e-mail him at, and follow him on Twitter at @robertdugoni and on Facebook at

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The 7th Canon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MoonTalk 8 months ago
A Young But Tested Lawyer Takes On A Vilified Client The novel opens with the main character, Peter Donley, winning his case by putting a parrot on the stand! The novel then shifts to the Tenderloin boy’s shelter run by the unconventional Father Martin. In the middle of the night, a young man was discovered stabbed to death. The police discover Fr. Martin’s bloody letter opener and disgusting photographs. One of the detectives previously accused Fr. Martin of harboring prostitutes and drug users. With the pictures, the Fr. Martin appeared to be a murderer as well as a pedophile. He is arrested. The Archbishop has used the legal services of Lou Giantelli, but he recently, but Giantelli had just collapsed in a courtroom and now is in the hospital. Giantelli’s nephew, Donley, must carry the torch. The novel takes off from here. The main story line has many sub threads. They are: maintaining the physical safety of an accused pedophile priest in jail; the legal maneuvering as the District Attorney’s office tries to rush the case against the priest; helping his uncle during his recovery; working with the Archdiocese; and trying to find out what happened. The author weaves these threads with twists, misdirections, and complexity into an interesting story that captured and held my interest. The main storyline is well woven with a rich B-storyline. There is Donley with his wife Kim, with his Uncle Gianelli. Much insight to Donley’s personality is revealed at the beginning of the novel as he tries to work on how to handle this case that is beyond anything that he has handled before. Information about Fr. Martin’s background provides much insight to his personality and motives. Lastly, there was a delightful office manager, Ruth Bell, who keeps the Law Offices running so that action is taken care of everything. The C-storyline is very evident in this novel also. The C-storyline deals with the change of the main character overtime. Donley, while having several trials under his belt, is unsure of himself in such a major case as murder by a suspected pedophile priest. Throughout the novel, his confidence grows to meet the occasion. Various aspects of the novel involve rape, blackmail, sex, violence and drugs, but the instances are described in in what I call the third person meaning after the fact and not as it happens. A few instances are described in detail, but not emphasized or in a titillating manner. There are only three F-bombs and just a little more use of less vulgar language. These aspects are minor to the storyline as a whole. The novel is definitely adult, but should not be objectionable for most readers. This novel is set in 1987, which is before DNA and other CSI neat tricks pervasive now, so it relies more on old fashion detective work. I laughed when the cell phones were described as being the size of bricks. I am definitely old enough to remember those! Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel, but while published in late 2016, the first draft was written 1996. It shows that it was an early work and not as polished as the Terry Crosswhite series. As I loved every novel in that series, I decided to give this novel a try. Based upon all of the above, I rate this novel with four stars. Do give it a try as I believe you will enjoy it.
FrankieReads More than 1 year ago
Action? Check. Political Corruption? Check. Conspiracy? Check. Sordid underground night life? Check. Likable, down-to-earth heroes with their own crosses to bear? Check. Check. The 7th Canon is what I hope will be the first book in a new series by Robert Dugoni. In this story, a priest who runs a shelter for street kids is accused of the murder and torture of a young boy. Through a series of events, Peter Donley, a young, up and coming lawyer, lands the case as the priest's defense attorney. His first encounter with his new client triggers memories about his past that make him particularly sensitive to the victim in this case. As the story continues, Donley teams up with a police veteran, turned P.I. named Frank Ross. Ross has his own back story and the two make an excellent combination of young/old, experienced/reckless, and equal parts commitment to doing the right thing. From here we embark on a journey to unravel the truth behind why the kid was murdered, who all was involved in this crime, and what other events may be connected. The story was incredibly addictive as Dugoni adds each new layer to this plot. It was an excellent blend of a relentlessly forward moving plot, excellent characters, plenty of tense moments. This was just the right mystery thriller tale I needed. This is also the second book I've ready by Dugoni this year. I read In the Clearing and enjoyed it quite a bit. Dugoni is now one of my favorite mystery/thriller authors and I can't wait to read more of his work.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
Have heard a lot about this author and can see why the raves for his books are top. Including the interesting case in this story. Father Martin runs a shelter for homeless boys, pushing the time to close in the evening later and later. Hoping for one more boy to come, before locking the doors, keeping them safe from drugs, and being hustled. The worse happens a boy at shelter is dead, and evidence points to Father Murphy. Or even more so the case goes to an inexperience lawyer, with only 3 years. Lawyer races against time, finds that a nasty cop, doesn't follow protocol. Brilliant plot can the Father who claims he is innocence get off. Given book by Goodreads, and this is my honest opinion.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Wow! I was interrupted many times while trying to read this book. Which is one way to say I'm pretty sure I would not have been able to put this book down had I not been. I kept wondering throughout reading this book, "Did I miss something the night that Bennett was killed?". It seemed to me that the priest only found the body and that was all. Next thing I know he's up for murder. What the heck happened. I was glad to find out that no, I did not miss anything. There were a lot of behind the scenes action going on which came to light while reading this book. This book was absolutely a great read. There was no way anyone could figure out what was going on until the latter part of the story. And what a story it was. So much corruption and lying and the people involved was disgusting. There are so many bad guys, it's hard to tell the good ones from the bad ones. I have read Robert Dugoni before and once I saw his name on another book I could request, I did not waste a minute pushing that button, hoping to be approved. Once approved, I was not disappointed after reading this. A fantastic read that I definitely recommend and I also recommend starting this early in the day. It will keep you up. Thanks Thomas and Mercer for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
Robert Dugoni can flat out write. I have no idea how good this book was when he wrote the first draft in 1996. But he's had twenty years to polish his craft and it shows here. The plot is intricate. The setting, characters and mystery are all intriguing and troubling. The prose is crisp and clear and engaging. There is a lot going on. But nothing is extraneous. The setting is a seedy neighborhood in San Francisco thirty years ago. A boy is murdered in a flophouse run by a priest with a shady past. The priest discovers the body and the police immediately charge him with the crime. The evidence seems overwhelming. Almost as quickly, Peter Donley, a young lawyer working for his uncle, finds himself drafted as the priest's defense attorney, dropped into the deep end of the pool on his first criminal case when his uncle is sidelined with a heart attack. It would not be a wise career move for Donley to keep the case. But he finds himself drawn in and we are off on a harrowing ride. And I mean harrowing. Dugoni is not kind to his characters. They come with complicated backstories and are weighed down with emotional baggage. The good guys make bad decisions. And the bad guys are the heroes of their own stories. There is cost for everything and the piper is always paid in full. This book is not for the squeamish. But I recommend it for readers that can handle it. Disclosure: Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing a free copy of this book in return for my honest review