Bodily Harm

A Novel

Bodily Harm

New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni returns with his most exhilarating legal thriller to date, a pulse-pounding story of corporate greed, espionage, and the lengths one man is willing to go for justice.

Bodily Harm opens with a big win for David Sloane and his new partner, Tom Pendergrass, in a malpractice case centered on the death of a young child. But on the heels of this seeming victory, an unlikely character—toy designer Kyle Horgan— comes forward to tell Sloane that he’s gotten it all wrong: Horgan’s the one who’s truly responsible for the little boy’s death and possibly others—not the pediatrician Sloane has just proven guilty.

Ordinarily, Sloane might have dismissed such a person as a crackpot, but something about this case has always troubled him—something that he couldn’t quite pinpoint. When Sloane tries to follow up with Horgan, he finds the man’s apartment a shambles— ransacked by unknown perpetrators. Horgan has vanished without a trace. Together with his longtime investigative partner Charles Jenkins, Sloane reexamines his clients’ son’s death and digs deeper into Horgan’s claims, forcing him to enter the billion-dollar, cutthroat toy industry. As Sloane gets closer to the truth, he trips a wire that leads to a shocking chain of events that nearly destroys him.

To get to the bottom of it all and find justice for the families harmed, Sloane must keep in check his overwhelming desire for revenge. Full of nail-bitingly tense action scenes as well as edge-of-your-seat courtroom drama, Bodily Harm finds Robert Dugoni at the very top of his game.
  • Pocket Books | 
  • 480 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416592983 | 
  • March 2011
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Bodily Harm includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Celebrated trial lawyer David Sloane is at the top of his game after a victory proving a local doctor was negligent in a child’s death. But just as Sloane is settling down with his growing family, another child’s death grabs his attention. It becomes clear the two deaths are connected and that a local toy company could be involved. Soon Sloane is on the case, even after it puts his life—and the lives of those he loves most—in danger.  

Topics & Questions for Discussion 

1. What was your initial reaction to Kyle Horgan? Does he seem like someone who could be believed when he first approached Sloane? What kind of person does Horgan prove to be?
2. Sloane is called “the lawyer who does not lose.” Do you think this affects how he handles the Kendall case?
3. Malcolm Fitzgerald, the new CEO of Kendall Toys, is torn between selling the company to Galaxy Toys or taking a gamble with the new secret toy. Does he make the right decision? If you were in his position, w see more

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About the Author

Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni has practiced as a civil litigator in San Francisco and Seattle for seventeen years. In 1999 he left his law practice to write full time. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times before obtaining his doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. A two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest, he lives with his wife and two children in the Pacific Northwest.