Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sheldon Siegel  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago

-- Website --
-- Sheldon Siegel on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Siegel is a third-generation native of Chicago’s Southeast Side. His family moved to the suburbs in the 1970s and he graduated from New Trier High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1980.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sheldon Siegel is an attorney and author. He has been in private practice in San Francisco since 1983. He specializes in corporate and securities law at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.Siegel is the author of seven critically acclaimed legal thrillers featuring San Francisco criminal defense attorneys Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. ''The Terrorist Next Door'' is Sheldon’s first novel featuring his hometown and South Chicago homicide detectives David Gold and A.C. Battle. A frequent speaker and sought-after teacher, Siegel is a San Francisco Library Literary Laureate, a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and an active member of the International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. His work has been displayed at the Doe Library at the University of California at Berkeley, and he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Illinois and a Northern California Super Lawyer. Siegel currently lives in the San Francisco area.

Published Works

    Special Circumstances , Bantam, 2001Incriminating Evidence , Bantam, 2002Criminal Intent , Putnam, 2002Final Verdict , Putnam, 2003The Confession , Putnam, 2004Judgment Day , MacAdam/Cage, 2008Perfect Alibi , MacAdam/Cage, 2012The Terrorist Next Door , Sheldon M. Siegel Inc., 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Special circumstances :
ISBN: 0553581929. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. 2001, ©2000.

After being fired from a prominent law firm, Mike Daley sets up a private practice, and his first client is an old friend who has been accused of killing one of Mike's former law partners.

Incriminating evidence /
ISBN: 0553581937. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. 2002, ©2001.

The dead body of a male prostitute is discovered in the San Francisco district attorney's hotel room.

Criminal intent /
ISBN: 0399149171. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©2002.

Follows the adventures of an ex-priest, an ex-corporate lawyer, and an ex-wife who open their own criminal defense firm.

Final verdict /
ISBN: 0399150420. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©2003.

Approached by Leon Walker, who was responsible for their ruined marriage, legal partners Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez find themselves challenged to defend Walker against charges that he murdered a Silicon Valley venture capitalist.

The confession /
ISBN: 0399152121. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©2004.

Mike Daley doesn't go to confession much since he left the priesthood twenty years ago and became a lawyer, but that doesn't stop his old friend, Father Ramon Aguirre, from trying to get him there. "It wouldn't kill you to go to church once in a while," he tells Mike. But it does kill someone. For months a ruinous sexual harassment suit has been building against the San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese and when the plaintiff's lawyer is found dead, an apparent suicide, an almost audible sigh of relief is heard in certain quarters. Then police find evidence of murder and the evidence points to Father Aguirre. Mike and his ex-wife law partner, Rosie, jump in to take the priest's case, but what started out as difficult soon appears impossible as forensics, witnesses, and secrets from Father Aguirre's past all incriminate their client. Soon, their wits are the only things keeping the priest from a life sentence or worse, and wits simply may not be enough-unless they can conjure up a miracle of their own.--from Publisher description.

Judgment day :
ISBN: 1596922907. OCLC Number:

MacAdam Cage,. San Francisco :. ©2008.

As husband and wife, Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez couldn't make it work. Luckily for Bay Area criminals, they didn't let that stop them from joining forces to open San Francisco's most tenacious law firm. Called in at the last minute to try to stop the execution of Nathan Fineman, a former mob lawyer convicted of murdering three people in the backroom of the notorious Golden Dragon Restaurant, Mike and Rosie race the clock in a desperate attempt to prove their client's innocence--an impossible task, given the wealth of forensic evidence pointing to his guilt. At the same time, Mike must battle his own personal demons when the reputation of his father, a San Francisco cop who was one of the first officers at the Golden Dragon on the night of the murders, is called into question.

The terrorist next door /
ISBN: 0983006261. OCLC Number:

Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc.,. [California] :. ©2012.

Someone is setting off fire bombs in Chicago in stolen cars using untraceable cell phones. The international terror channels are silent. A group calling itself the Islamic Freedom Federation demands the release of Hassan Al-Shahid, a graduate student whose plan to set off a bomb at the Art Institute was thwarted by Detective David Gold and his long-time partner, Detective Paul Liszewski. Gold, a third generation native of South Chicago, the hardscrabble neighborhood of steel mills, smokestacks, and steeples near the Indiana border, is one of Chicago's most decorated detectives. He is still suffering from the aftereffects of Liszewski's death when he receives a Medal of Valor at the Art Institute. During the ceremony, a car bomb is detonated across the street, killing a passerby and Gold receives a cryptic text: "It isn't over." It's just the beginning. Untraceable car bombs detonate at the Wrigley Field El station, Millennium Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, O'Hare, Hyde Park, and Rush Street. Chicago PD, the FBI and Homeland Security can't trace the bomber. Gold and his new partner, Detective A.C. Battle--a native of Mississippi whose family moved to Chicago to escape the Jim Crow South--are drawn into a desperate cat-and-mouse game against a brilliant mind.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)