Hot Best Seller

The Last Witness

Availability: Ready to download

What’s it like to be a target for murder? Every step you take, every sigh you make – could be your last. Could you outsmart a desperate killer? Just as his life has returned to normal, Lou Mason’s surrogate father, Homicide Detective Harry Ryman, arrests his best friend, ex-cop Wilson ‘Blues’ Bluestone, Jr. on murder charges. Mason rolls in like a freight train to defend What’s it like to be a target for murder? Every step you take, every sigh you make – could be your last. Could you outsmart a desperate killer? Just as his life has returned to normal, Lou Mason’s surrogate father, Homicide Detective Harry Ryman, arrests his best friend, ex-cop Wilson ‘Blues’ Bluestone, Jr. on murder charges. Mason rolls in like a freight train to defend Blues uncovers dark and terrible secrets – secrets worth killing for. As his investigation closes in on the killer, the hunter becomes the hunted…and all Hell breaks loose. Lou Mason is back in The Last Witness and this time, it’s personal. Our sexy, brilliant, and flawed trial lawyer unwittingly becomes the sole focus of a brutal killer. Witness this second thrilling installment in the Lou Mason series. Enter the dangerous and dark world of this fast-paced legal thriller that moves the reader relentlessly through twists and turns to a shocking end. Buy your copy of The Last Witness today! Did you miss the other suspense-laden Lou Mason books? Get Motion to Kill, Cold Truth, Deadlocked, and Final Judgment now for non-stop thrills and twists. If you love the twists, turns, and edge-of-your-seat suspense delivered in John Grisham’s legal thrillers you’ll rave about Last Witness by Joel Goldman. "Fast, furious and thoroughly enjoyable, The Last Witness is classic and classy noir for our time, filled with great characters and sharp, stylish writing." Jeffery Deaver, author of The Vanished Man and The Stone Monkey “The Last Witness is an old fashioned, '40s, tough guy detective story set in modern times. There's a lot of action, loads of suspects, and plenty of snappy dialogue. It's a fun read from beginning to end." --Phillip Margolin, author of The Associate and Wild Justice “Joel Goldman has written another fast-paced legal thriller. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late." Sheldon Siegel, author of The Special Circumstances and Criminal Intent “The Last Witness is a legal thriller written the way criminal law should be practiced: from the gut...one of the premier crime novels of the year." Jeremiah Healy, author of Turnabout and Spiral Stunned by the non-stop action and crazy twists in the Lou Mason books? Then you won’t want to miss the 3 Jack Davis Thrillers: Shake Down, The Dead Man, and No Way Out. Oh, and don’t forget to buy Stone Cold, the first in Goldman’s chilling Alex Stone Thriller Series. Clear your schedule … you won’t want to put these down!


Compare

What’s it like to be a target for murder? Every step you take, every sigh you make – could be your last. Could you outsmart a desperate killer? Just as his life has returned to normal, Lou Mason’s surrogate father, Homicide Detective Harry Ryman, arrests his best friend, ex-cop Wilson ‘Blues’ Bluestone, Jr. on murder charges. Mason rolls in like a freight train to defend What’s it like to be a target for murder? Every step you take, every sigh you make – could be your last. Could you outsmart a desperate killer? Just as his life has returned to normal, Lou Mason’s surrogate father, Homicide Detective Harry Ryman, arrests his best friend, ex-cop Wilson ‘Blues’ Bluestone, Jr. on murder charges. Mason rolls in like a freight train to defend Blues uncovers dark and terrible secrets – secrets worth killing for. As his investigation closes in on the killer, the hunter becomes the hunted…and all Hell breaks loose. Lou Mason is back in The Last Witness and this time, it’s personal. Our sexy, brilliant, and flawed trial lawyer unwittingly becomes the sole focus of a brutal killer. Witness this second thrilling installment in the Lou Mason series. Enter the dangerous and dark world of this fast-paced legal thriller that moves the reader relentlessly through twists and turns to a shocking end. Buy your copy of The Last Witness today! Did you miss the other suspense-laden Lou Mason books? Get Motion to Kill, Cold Truth, Deadlocked, and Final Judgment now for non-stop thrills and twists. If you love the twists, turns, and edge-of-your-seat suspense delivered in John Grisham’s legal thrillers you’ll rave about Last Witness by Joel Goldman. "Fast, furious and thoroughly enjoyable, The Last Witness is classic and classy noir for our time, filled with great characters and sharp, stylish writing." Jeffery Deaver, author of The Vanished Man and The Stone Monkey “The Last Witness is an old fashioned, '40s, tough guy detective story set in modern times. There's a lot of action, loads of suspects, and plenty of snappy dialogue. It's a fun read from beginning to end." --Phillip Margolin, author of The Associate and Wild Justice “Joel Goldman has written another fast-paced legal thriller. Find a comfortable chair and plan to stay up late." Sheldon Siegel, author of The Special Circumstances and Criminal Intent “The Last Witness is a legal thriller written the way criminal law should be practiced: from the gut...one of the premier crime novels of the year." Jeremiah Healy, author of Turnabout and Spiral Stunned by the non-stop action and crazy twists in the Lou Mason books? Then you won’t want to miss the 3 Jack Davis Thrillers: Shake Down, The Dead Man, and No Way Out. Oh, and don’t forget to buy Stone Cold, the first in Goldman’s chilling Alex Stone Thriller Series. Clear your schedule … you won’t want to put these down!

30 review for The Last Witness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Great book. Suspense, mystery and thrill won't let you put down or walk away from your seat. Sexy Lou is flawed lawyer, but his aunt Claire keeps him from getting into too much trouble and grounded. Very well written legal thriller. Great book. Suspense, mystery and thrill won't let you put down or walk away from your seat. Sexy Lou is flawed lawyer, but his aunt Claire keeps him from getting into too much trouble and grounded. Very well written legal thriller.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert Carraher

    Slick as a politicians handshake. Crafted in the spirit of the best hardboiled thrillers of the golden era yet thoroughly modern and so up to date you could be watching it on the evening news. Dark and brilliant sexy and full of surprises. The Last Witness by Joel Goldman is classy and stylish noir at it’s very best. When Jack Cullan, the spiritual heir to "Boss Tom" Pendergast’s Kansas City political machine winds up dead, Attorney Lou Mason takes it personal. His best friend, Wilson “Blues” Blu Slick as a politicians handshake. Crafted in the spirit of the best hardboiled thrillers of the golden era yet thoroughly modern and so up to date you could be watching it on the evening news. Dark and brilliant sexy and full of surprises. The Last Witness by Joel Goldman is classy and stylish noir at it’s very best. When Jack Cullan, the spiritual heir to "Boss Tom" Pendergast’s Kansas City political machine winds up dead, Attorney Lou Mason takes it personal. His best friend, Wilson “Blues” Bluestone is arrested and charged with the murder. “Blues” says he is innocent and Mason believes him because “Blues” has never told him a lie. But Blues threatened the dead man in front of witnesses and his fingerprints and DNA are found at the scene. Blues ex partner, KC Detective Harry Ryman is convinced he did it but he has carried a grudge for Blues for years. Harry thinks Blues got away with murder once for killing a woman in a drug bust. Blues left the KCPD after that shooting, and Harry, who happens to be Mason’s aunt, and surrogate mother’s romantic companion, has been out to nail him since. Mason soon realizes that in order to prove Blues innocent, he’ll have to find the real killer as he suspects that everyone from the prosecutor to the judge to the cops don’t want to dig for justice because they just might uncover more dirt than what covers a grave. All of KC’s major players are on edge – from the Mayor, ex quarterback and hometown hero Billy Sunshine to suspected mobster and casino owner Ed Fiora . They know that Cullan kept file’s on everyone that allowed him to pull the strings on the political, legal and business community of KC. Mason is quickly approached by the mayor’s chief of staff, Amy White with an offer to find and turn over the files, other offers soon follow. Devastatingly sexy Beth Harrell, the gambling commissioner that was in Blue’s night club with Cullan the night before the murder wants photos that Cullan had of her that may just have convinced her to grant Fiora his gaming license. Fiora suspect’s he was in the files and doesn’t want the methods of how he got his gaming license granted, nor his questionable finances exposed. Additionally, if he had the files, he could control the political machine. White wants to protect her boss, Cullan’s secretary, Shirley Parker wants to protect her dead boss, Leonard Campbell, the DA says he wants to prosecute those exposed in the files, but Mason suspects he wants the political muscle the files would bring him. Mason suspects the files will also expose cops on Cullan’s payroll, but which cops? His aunts lover Ryman, his partner Carl Zimmerman, Toland,the officer that arrested Blues and seems to have more than an interest in justice. Then there’s Donovan Jenkins the ex favorite wide receiver for Billy Sunshine and now KC beer distributor. Throw in an endless supply of receptionists named Margret running interference for their bosses and everyone wants the files to stay lost or to possess them for their own purposes, which they just may be willing to kill for – if they haven’t already. The cards are stacked against Mason. And so are all the players. The evidence against Blues seems to be overwhelming. The police and prosecutors have stopped looking for any other suspect, whether because of grudges against Blues or political pressure from those with things to hide. It becomes evident in Mason’s quest to prove Blues not guilty, that there are many who would kill again or go to other extremes to send Blues to the death chamber. Mason’s only allies are Mickey Shanahan the dead-beat PR man, card sharp, computer hacker and conman who rented offices from Blues but never paid rent. Then there is Rachel Firestone, the lipstick lesbian reporter who Mason is sexually attracted to. Rachel was on the quest for the files before Cullan was killed. The chase leads across the frozen streets of KC in the midst of an ice storm that rivals the players own cold cold hearts. From Tom Pendergast’s old office’s – recently the headquarters for “The Elect Billy Sunshine” campaign across the street from Cullan’s own offices to the bedrooms and boardrooms of Kansas City’s rich and powerful. With prose that are as precise as the workings of a slot machine and dialog that is quick, biting, hardboiled and smart, Joel Goldman has crafted a master piece in this, the second Lou Mason book. The pace is unrelenting, the plot perfect as it twists through the frozen streets. The characters are realistic and excellently developed and the story will pull you in like a gambling addiction. Oh, and the “reveal” will astound you, you’ll never see it coming and yet all the clues are there…I warn you, don’t miss this book, newly rereleased in eBook format. But if you do get it you might as well preorder Cold Truth, the third book in the series because you’ll be hooked on Lou Mason and Joel Goldman. Joel Goldman is a former Kansas City attorney who lives in Leawood, Kansas – a suburb of KC. For insight into what makes Joel such an excellent writer of crime fiction, follow his blog, What’s Shakin’ . He is the author of the Edgar and Shamus nominated Lou Mason thrillers and and has released the ebook versions of these books beginning in June with MOTION TO KILL. His newest novel, STONE COLD, featuring Public Defender, Alex Stone will be released later this year. He explores his movement disorder - tics, through his character, former FBI Agent Jack Davis, in a series beginning with SHAKEDOWN. Catch my short story, FIRE IN THE SKY in the anthology TOP SUSPENSE: 13 CLASSIC STORIES FROM 12 MASTERS OF THE GENRE. Stay tuned for what's shaking in his world with his newsletter and blog and follow him on Twitter and Facebook. The Dirty Lowdown http://the-dirty-lowdown.blogspot.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leslynn

    Lou Mason is no Hercule Poirot, but he's likeable and believable enough to make the plot work. The author is no Agatha Christie, but has a good writing style and crafts a believable story. Easy to read, entertaining and worthwhile reading. Lou Mason is no Hercule Poirot, but he's likeable and believable enough to make the plot work. The author is no Agatha Christie, but has a good writing style and crafts a believable story. Easy to read, entertaining and worthwhile reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gail Cooke

    Listening to this excellent reading by Kevin Foley was my happy introduction to Books In Motion. Safe to say that I look forward to many more pleasurable listening experiences from this company. Narrator Foley has three decades of voice performance experience - radio, television, and freelancing. That background is evident in his clear, compelling reading of THE LAST WITNESS. Kansas City is the setting for Book 2 in Goldman's Lou Mason series, and the action is nonstop. Jack Cullan is dead, not Listening to this excellent reading by Kevin Foley was my happy introduction to Books In Motion. Safe to say that I look forward to many more pleasurable listening experiences from this company. Narrator Foley has three decades of voice performance experience - radio, television, and freelancing. That background is evident in his clear, compelling reading of THE LAST WITNESS. Kansas City is the setting for Book 2 in Goldman's Lou Mason series, and the action is nonstop. Jack Cullan is dead, not at all due to natural causes, and Mason is hired to defend his accused killer. Cullan had been a mover and shaker, appeasing some friends and making a slew of enemies. Night before Cullan's sudden earthly departure he'd gotten into a scrape with Blues Bluestone, during which Blues's DNA was left under Cullan's fingernails. So, who's the prime suspect? He's arrested without bail. Mason well knows he won't stand much chance of getting Blues off in a court trial, so the obvious solution is for him to find the killer. That may be the obvious solution, but nothing else is very plain as Mason finds himself drawn into a miasma of political manipulation, subterfuge, and double dealing. It seems he's not only racing the clock to save his client but also himself. - Gail Cooke

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah (Workaday Reads)

    Lou is hired to defend his friend and landlord Blues against a murder charge accusing him of killing a local heavyweight lawyer, Jack Cullan. Cullan's power comes from his secret files on everyone important. Lou is certain Blues is the fall guy, and must find the secret files in order to save his client from the death penalty. Will Lou be able to survive to find the secrets someone is killing to protect? Compared to the first book, Lou seems a little harder, and a little more used to living on th Lou is hired to defend his friend and landlord Blues against a murder charge accusing him of killing a local heavyweight lawyer, Jack Cullan. Cullan's power comes from his secret files on everyone important. Lou is certain Blues is the fall guy, and must find the secret files in order to save his client from the death penalty. Will Lou be able to survive to find the secrets someone is killing to protect? Compared to the first book, Lou seems a little harder, and a little more used to living on the edge. He is still haunted by memories of killing a man, but seems a little more willing to skirt the law in order to do what must be done. This really makes it seem like a gritty, hard-nosed, back alley detective story. The action is quick and hard, the women are loose and love the good guy, and the feelings are kept to a minimal. I liked the more in depth look at the local gangster, Fiora and his hunchman Tony. They make a great bad guy team, with both intelligent and cunning tricks, as well as a few pommellings. Overall, this was an enjoyable law mystery. Like the first book, it reads more like a detective story than a lawyer story, but it is exciting, and impossible to guess the ending to. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The Last Witness was far better than Motion to Kill. I was not impressed with the first installment of the Lou Mason series and only chose to read the second installment because of some scenes in the first installment of the Alex Stone series. Having said that, I was impressed with The Last Witness. The writing style of Joel Goldman seems to have evolved and Mr. Goldman has become a better storyteller. The Last Witness was more of a page turner and at times I did not want to put it down. I am loo The Last Witness was far better than Motion to Kill. I was not impressed with the first installment of the Lou Mason series and only chose to read the second installment because of some scenes in the first installment of the Alex Stone series. Having said that, I was impressed with The Last Witness. The writing style of Joel Goldman seems to have evolved and Mr. Goldman has become a better storyteller. The Last Witness was more of a page turner and at times I did not want to put it down. I am looking forward to continuing with this series and possibly reading the remaining two series. Typos are still an issue, however. I understand I am reading a Kindle version but that should not be an excuse for poor editing. Words are left out and sometimes misspelled. The mistakes were fewer than the first book but still enough to notice. Formatting was a bit off in some places as well. Overall a good story and vast improvement from the first installment.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jackmeister

    Love the Lou Mason series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Judy Churchill

    This was a good story. The plot was complicated but easy to follow and there was enough action to satisfy anyone. I'm growing quite fond of Lou Mason so I will jump right into the next adventure! This was a good story. The plot was complicated but easy to follow and there was enough action to satisfy anyone. I'm growing quite fond of Lou Mason so I will jump right into the next adventure!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Good series starring attorney Mason. Was free on kindle

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael Wood

    Second Book As Good As The First Volume, Joel Goldman has written a second Lou Mason novel, and it is as good as the first, which I compare to Gresham's best legal thrillers. The book has very good plot development, even though Goldman tackles two of any competent attorney's greatest fears: an innocent client, and a public official's blatant criminal conspiracy. I read the book with considerable interest, all the while wondering just how Goldman could rescue his protagonist without violating "too Second Book As Good As The First Volume, Joel Goldman has written a second Lou Mason novel, and it is as good as the first, which I compare to Gresham's best legal thrillers. The book has very good plot development, even though Goldman tackles two of any competent attorney's greatest fears: an innocent client, and a public official's blatant criminal conspiracy. I read the book with considerable interest, all the while wondering just how Goldman could rescue his protagonist without violating "too many" statutes or the Canons. He managed this deftly, but it appears that protagonist Lou Mason might be starting down a dark professional path. (His luck with women seems to make it a LONELY dark path!) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS BOTH AN INDIVIDUAL BOOK AND AS A SERIES!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Benham

    A couple years ago, I read Motion To Kill, Lou Mason #1, for a book review. It was an easy 5 stars, but somehow I didn't get to the next one until now. Lou's friend and landlord, Blue, gets arrested and charged with murder. Blue was an ex-cop who was forced to retire in a bureaucratic cover up. The case is really thin, but the police don't bother looking further. There is no shortage of rocks for Mason to look under as corruption seemingly everywhere. Very good read! A couple years ago, I read Motion To Kill, Lou Mason #1, for a book review. It was an easy 5 stars, but somehow I didn't get to the next one until now. Lou's friend and landlord, Blue, gets arrested and charged with murder. Blue was an ex-cop who was forced to retire in a bureaucratic cover up. The case is really thin, but the police don't bother looking further. There is no shortage of rocks for Mason to look under as corruption seemingly everywhere. Very good read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teryl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really enjoy Lou Mason as a character and Joel Goldman's books. This one was a good read, though I would like to comment on the unlikelihood of a whole group of men with weapons allowing the only weaponless one to wade through water to his own car and not consider that he had a weapon in the vehicle! Really enjoy Lou Mason as a character and Joel Goldman's books. This one was a good read, though I would like to comment on the unlikelihood of a whole group of men with weapons allowing the only weaponless one to wade through water to his own car and not consider that he had a weapon in the vehicle!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Erick

    Very witty main character and a good entertaining style of writing. Joel Goldman has created a witty likable and smart hero. The story is complex enough to keep you guessing, but not so convoluted that you can’t follow. It’s a nice entertaining read. No 5 stars because I reserve that score for literary masters. Sorry Joel, you’re not quite there.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susie Dokos

    Very well written Moves right along at a good pace. Well developed main character. First one I have read in this series . Will read at least the first in the series. If it is as good, will read the remainder of the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gus Philpott

    As a former Kansas City resident this story came alive for me. It's a solid thriller. A few shortcuts could be overlooked, as the various characters completed tasks on which they set out. I'll read more by this author. As a former Kansas City resident this story came alive for me. It's a solid thriller. A few shortcuts could be overlooked, as the various characters completed tasks on which they set out. I'll read more by this author.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Benaroch

    Another page turner I thoroughly enjoyed the plots were twisted back-and-forth up-and-down inside out. It was hard keeping up with all the suspects, killings and innuendos. I definitely recommend this book to read

  17. 5 out of 5

    Richard Cowart

    Great reading An interesting and action packed thriller with numerous twists and turns in the list of suspects. The number one suspect changes every other page making it hard to put down.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Favorite new legal thriller series Best legal thriller series I've read in years. Non-stop action and complex mystery with twists and turns. Love the smart aleck lawyer protagonist and his sense of humor. Look forward to the next in the series. Favorite new legal thriller series Best legal thriller series I've read in years. Non-stop action and complex mystery with twists and turns. Love the smart aleck lawyer protagonist and his sense of humor. Look forward to the next in the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Joel Goldman scores again Another legal thriller featuring Lou Mason trying to defend a good friend in what looks like a slam dunk for the prosecution for murder in the first degree.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ann Patterson

    Joel Goldman writes an enjoyable, fast moving mystery. Lou Mason, lawyer, and his friend, Blues, navigate through Kansas City to solve numerous related murders. This book keeps your interest until the end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Fast read and I enjoy Lou’s wit. Multiple characters carried the story full of suspense. I enjoyed all the twists. It didn’t flow as well I would have liked but still a good book. Thank you

  22. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    A great mystery Lou continues to confront numerous individuals in his cocky attitude to finally track down the killer. There are many twists and turns and numerous characters that are introduced that then out not to be the killer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Terry Bailey

    Great Storm Enjoyed the suspense and drama between enemies and friends. The description of the weather and city how it effected the suspense. You felt like you were there. The characters were great. Will read him again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tim Parsons

    Great, if slightly stereotypical, characters; odd combination of legal drama and full-on thriller. Seems likely these will only get better with time :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    SUSAN CREWS

    Very good book This is a well-written mystery, with a complicated plot and Lou Mason is a great detective. Good characters, and no dull moments.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jim McFiver

    Another Lou Mason Gem Another Lou Mason treat, wildly paced, great story and fascinating characters. A fun thrill-a-minute page-turner. Joel Goldman is the real deal.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Lou An exciting novel. Moves at a good clip with plenty of surprises along the way. Interesting characters and a good story. Enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Reynolds

    I love this series of books ! Great writing !

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen Clagett

    Lou Mason Book 2 Another great story from Joel Goldman. I love this character, his dialog keeps me laughing. His exploits are beyond amusing. Looking forward to the next book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Merriett

    Spellbinding, Spellbinding I loved every bit of this book, Mason is a great main character, I loom forward to sharing time with this new friend.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.