The Perfect Witness (Paperback)

A Novel

By Barry Siegel

Ballantine Books, 9780345485144, 352pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 1999

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They used to be partners--Greg Monarch and Ira Sullivan, a couple of do-good lawyers in central California. But it all went bad for Ira. Bad enough that he wakes up in jail one day staring at a death sentence for murder. Only Greg Monarch has a prayer of getting him off--if he's willing to cross certain ethical lines.

Layer by layer, Greg peels back a tissue of lies--and at the rotten core he comes to Sandy Polson. Sandy says she was with Ira the night of the murder, says she saw the whole thing. The prosecution believes she's the perfect witness. But what if Monarch could persuade Sandy to tell the truth? Wouldn't Sandy then become the perfect witness for the defense?

About the Author

Barry Siegel is the author of two previous books: Shades of Gray: Ordinary People in Extraordinary Circumstances and A Death in White Bear Lake, which was nominated for an Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category.  He is an award-winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Praise For The Perfect Witness: A Novel

--The Seattle Times

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--Los Angeles Times

--Detroit Free Press

--The Wall Street Journal