Under Oath by Margaret McLean


11 Critic Reviews

Melodramatic and implausible in places, but still entertaining.


The "code of silence" remains sacred in Charlestown, one of the most historic yet insular neighborhoods of Boston. Gangster Billy Malone stand accused of killing Trevor Shea, a suspected FBI informant, with a potent dose of heroin.

Prosecutor Annie Fitzgerald must crack the infamous code of silence and battle seasoned criminal defense attorney Buddy Clancy, who unleashes reasonable doubt with his penetrating cross-examinations.

The trial explodes into a high-energy race to justice when Annie's chief witness is killed, jurors defy their instructions, and FBI cover-ups obscure the truth. While the jurors are deliberating, Annie discovers incriminating evidence against the Malones.

Time is of the essence...but will justice prevail? Former prosecutor Margaret McLean combines the best of John Grisham's legal thrillers and Dennis Lehane's Boston crime novels in Under Oath.

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About Margaret McLean

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Margaret McLean was born and raised in Rome, New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and earned her law degree from Boston College Law School. McLean practiced law as a criminal prosecutor and currently teaches law at Boston College's Carroll School of Management. In 2010, she was hailed as one of the next faces of Boston crime fiction by The Boston Globe. She has cowritten a dramatic courtroom play based on her second novel, Under Oath, which is in development with the Playwrights/Directors Unit at the Actors Studio in New York City. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts, with her three children.
Published April 24, 2012 by Forge Books. 382 pages
Genres: Crime, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Fiction
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All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3


Below average
Mar 01 2012

Melodramatic and implausible in places, but still entertaining.

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Publishers Weekly

Feb 06 2012

Occasional rough spots outside the courtroom shouldn’t keep fans of legal thrillers from enjoying Annie and Clancy’s courtroom battles.

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The Roanoke Times

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Reviewed by Jason Barr on May 06 2012

In “Under Oath,” characters and plot details and settings all collide into one another, with only a surface understanding of the events a possibility.

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Thinking About Books

Below average
Reviewed by David Marshall on Jul 02 2012

No matter how clever the dialogue, such plays are essentially static and rapidly grow boring.

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Book Loons

Reviewed by Mary Smyth

Margaret McLean's Under Oath is without a doubt a page turner.

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My Book Retreat

Reviewed by Julie on Jun 24 2012

If you're looking for a courtroom thriller with interesting characters and plenty of suspense, I highly recommend Under Oath.

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Feathered Quill Book Reviews

Apr 23 2012

The scenes in Charlestown are mind-boggling and the justice system is put on trial covering the questions that exist in the legal system today.

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The Mystery Gazette

Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Apr 15 2012

The courtroom scenes are superb while the streets of Charlestown add to this wonderful legal thriller.

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Pick of the Literate

Apr 28 2012

There are a wealth of seedy characters that provide grit and grime to the story line.

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Rachelle's Writing Spot

May 30 2012

Only a former prosecutor could write scenes like these with such accuracy, and McLean's experience shines through.

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Bookworm's Dinner

Reviewed by Wisteria on Jul 25 2011

If you like trial quick paced puzzling criminal fiction, UNDER FIRE will deliver sharp trial banter.

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