Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie (Jake Wolfe, #1) by Mark Nolan


The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

A mysterious killer who calls himself The Artist is assassinating lawyers in San Francisco. When photo-journalist Jake Wolfe accidentally takes his picture during a murder, The Artist adds Jake to his kill list and he becomes a target in a deadly game of cat and mouse that only one of them can survive. How far would you go to protect the lives of your family and friends from a killer? How many laws would you break? Would you risk your own life, or deliberately take the life of a murderer? Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie explores these life or death questions in a thrilling story about a reluctant, flawed hero. Jake is a veteran who wants to leave his secretive past life behind him but who finds that he can’t ignore his duty and his personal moral compass.

This fast-paced novel features a cast of quirky well-rounded characters, each with their own individual idiosyncrasies; including several feisty strong-willed women, two smart-mouthed San Francisco Police Homicide Inspectors, one highly intelligent dog, and a philosophical killer who shares Jake’s admiration for Van Gogh paintings. As Jake gets closer to unraveling a merciless conspiracy, his life gets turned upside down and the danger level increases, adding to the growing suspense in this entertaining page-turner. A good read for those who enjoy mystery, suspense, action, unique characters, witty dialogue and some romance too. On sale in over a dozen countries around the world. Be the first among your friends to read it.

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Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Assassinations, Animals
Series: Jake Wolfe, #1
Length: 646 pages
Release date: 2016-01-01



Judging by the sound of the suppressed shot, and the direction and angle that it appeared to have come from, Jake figured that the shooter was probably up in a tree, over in the woods area of the golf course. He used his camera to scan the area, and he saw a brief flash of light as the sun reflected off the glass lens of a rifle scope. Then he saw the killer, up in a tree, aiming the rifle right at him.

Not good, not good at all.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Jake Wolfe photo-journalist and veteran.

With Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie, Mark Nolan has created a gripping thriller with highly realistic characters and a touch of romance. It is a compelling read, keeping you firmly in its grip. The characters are believable and complex; thriller fans will love to follow Jake through the story. Mark Nolan draws you close to the protagonists and their mindsets while the story evolves. I was drawn close to Jake – a man with a sense of duty and justice, past experiences, and love and respect for dogs. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and/or virtues. I am thrilled that this book is the first in a series; Jake Wolfe and his allies are an interesting bunch. I loved it – a real page turner.

This is a book for you if you like thrillers, complex characters, justice, dogs, and if you do not mind a certain amount of gore.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: –  😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳


About the author

Mark Nolan began his writing career as a successful entrepreneur who created news stories for businesses that were featured in The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Parade, Readers Digest and Associated Press. Nolan was born in San Francisco, grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has also lived in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. He has raised two great kids and one very smart retriever dog. Right now he’s busy writing the next book about Jake Wolfe (Book 2), but he also tries to make time every day to answer emails from readers. You can reach him at

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Amazon:  Mark Nolan

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie?  Or – if you did not yet read Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂







4 thoughts on “Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie (Jake Wolfe, #1) by Mark Nolan

    • Thank you very much for the praise, Annika. I was drawn into the story, my senses were on high alert – this book is a candidate for this year’s top 5.

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