Sydney Bauer
Sydney Bauer



USA Release JULY 2009!

'There she lay, her neck placed at a devilish angle on the Death Stone which acted like a pillow.'

Jessica Nagoshi, the beautiful heiress to her father’s billion dollar empire, is being groomed, along with her brother Peter, to take control of Nagoshi Inc. That is, until she is brutally murdered in the greenhouse of her father’s extensive Wellesley estate.

Jessica was in her third year pre-law at the prestigious Deane University and the police enter the hallowed halls of the most expensive college in America to begin their investigation.

Boston criminal defence attorney David Cavanaugh is thrust into this high-society case when James Matheson, a wealthy, connected but unaffected law student is arrested for Jessica’s murder. For in James he sees traces of his younger self – Matheson is dedicated, ambitious, but still idealistic enough to believe that justice will always prevail.

From the outset David is hampered by unspoken alliances, corporate malpractice, love, lust and a disastrous misplace of trust that will leave his case in tatters.But in the end, nothing can prepare him for the truth – and the diabolical lengths some will go to, to preserve their life of privilege.

Alibi Reviews:

Excellent, intricate plotting, a substantial theme, and a rich cast of believable characters make Sydney Bauer’s ALIBI a joy of a read. A winner in every respect.

John Lescroart

Terrific Legal Suspense.

Lee Child

The third in a series of accomplished legal thrillers…[Bauer] has well and truly mastered the essentials…twists, turns, pace and more pace. Hard to resist.

Australian Publisher and Bookseller

There are many facets to the plot and this is one of the best court case dramas I have read.

Bendigo Advertiser

That former TV executive Sydney Bauer is a self-professed addict of TV shows Law and Order and 24 is clear in this finely plotted thriller. This is like Love Story with grisly bits and featuring a team drawn straight from another popular TV show CSI. In a word: labyrinthine.

Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun

Outstanding legal thriller...equal, if not better, to those written by more celebrated authors worldwide. Sydney Bauer's first novel, Undertow, won the 2007 Davitt Award for Best Crime Novel - I think Alibi is even better.

Australian Crime Fiction Database

A well constructed plot built around some likeable and detestable characters make for an appealing read. She keeps the mystery going with a series of twists and turns, virtually right up to the last page. I enjoyed this one – enough to immediately go looking for Bauer’s first two novels.

Guyra Argus

There are all sorts of tension-filled dramas going on at the same time, all of which are held together under a tight rein…And what an ending. You don’t want me to even hint about it so there’s little else to say except…what an ending!

Crime Down Under

Sydney Bauer has written a tightly-plotted legal thriller in Alibi, with defence attorney David Cavanaugh again taking the central role in a high-profile murder case. Bauer has once again shown that she is a master storyteller, with a plot that contains so many twists and turns that the reader is kept guessing right up until the closing chapters. As in Bauer’s previous novels Gospel (Pan Macmillan, 2007) and Undertow (Pan Macmillan, 2006), Cavanaugh finds himself pitted against ambitious prosecutor and acting District Attorney Roger Katz. Bauer is on a par with other more famous authors in the crime fiction genre such as John Grisham and Scott Turow. With Alibi (Pan Macmillan, 2008), Bauer has proved to be an expert at drawing out suspense, weaving together several possible threads to a surprising conclusion.

Suite 101

Entertaining reading. Intriguing.

Gold Coast Bulletin

This is a well-written and well-paced thriller with enough twists and turns to keep the most jaded reader in attendance.

Sunshine Coast Daily

Alibi is fourth-fifths John Grisham, with some Jeffrey Archer-type ‘lifestyles of the rich and successful’ thrown in. Irresistible.

Eamon Evens

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