Plea of Insanity

  • by Jilliane Hoffman
  • Narrated by Karen White
  • 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Julia Valenciano is a young, ambitious Miami prosecutor. Assigned to a hectic trial division with an ornery judge, just getting through the day can be a challenge. When Julia is asked to second chair a case that could very well make or break her career, she doesn't hesitate to jump on board. The defendant: a successful Miami surgeon. The victims: his own wife and small children. The plea: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity. The perfect father. The perfect husband. Dr. David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family. But the state suspects that Marquette's insanity defense is being fabricated to disguise murders that were cold-blooded and calculated. And the evidence appears to be mounting that Marquette may be responsible for other unsolved murders around the state as well---murders that bear the frightening signature of a serial killer. It's Julia's first murder trial and her first insanity defense, and the stakes are incredibly high. If convicted, Marquette faces the ultimate penalty---death. If found insane, he could walk free. To bring a killer to justice, Julia will have to journey into the mind of madness herself. For her, the trial of Dr. David Marquette will mean more than just disarming a legal defense; it will take her on a personal journey back into her own past---a past she has struggled for fifteen years to forget. And it will bring her face to face with a future that is so frightening, she's not sure she ever wants to see it.


Audible Editor Reviews

Julia Vacanti is an ambitious Miami attorney who, when not battling the everyday sexism found in male dominated courtrooms, is quickly rising within the ranks as a tenacious prosecutor.
Julia agrees to take on the sensational murder case of a respected surgeon accused of murdering his wife and small children. Were these killings the result of a delusional schizophrenic episode as the defense strategy states? Or, were these murders a precise, exacting plan from the warped mind of a cold-blooded killer? In order to know for sure, Julia first must get to know madness itself.
Plea of Insanity is narrated impeccably in creamy, polished tones by Karen White, who was included in Audiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011.


What the Critics Say

"[A] gripping legal thriller." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Too Much Plot, Not Enough Substance

I really love the premise of this story and without wanting to sound too critical, I think there was too much going on and therefore the characters are very one dimensional.

Rather than flesh out all of the main characters, so that one can fully appreciate their actions, the author seemed to wish to put as many different strands to the story, mostly around the central character, without ever really investing in any strand..

One gets the feeling of watching a rushed TV show where everything that happens over a 10year period is crammed into 45 minutes! One is left with more questions than answers at the end of it!
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- Carôle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-10-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio