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Old City Hall
by Robert Rotenberg

Overview - "Breathtaking . . . A tightly woven spiderweb of plot and a rich cast of characters make this a truly gripping read." --Jeffery Deaver, author of "The Bodies Left Behind" The murder of a Toronto radio host's wife engulfs the lives of cops, lawyers, and a journalist in this sprawling legal thriller.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"Breathtaking . . . A tightly woven spiderweb of plot and a rich cast of characters make this a truly gripping read." --Jeffery Deaver, author of "The Bodies Left Behind" The murder of a Toronto radio host's wife engulfs the lives of cops, lawyers, and a journalist in this sprawling legal thriller. It should be an open-and-shut case. Canada's leading radio-show host, Kevin Brace, has confessed to killing his young wife. The trouble is, after muttering his last incriminating wordes --"I killed her"-- he now refuses to talk to anyone, including his own lawyer. With the discovery of strange fingerprints at the crime scene, and a revealing courtroom cross-examination, the seemingly simple case begins to take on all the complexities of a hotly contested murder trial. In the tradition of defense lawyers-turned-authors such as Scott Turow and John Grisham, Toronto-based defense counsel Robert Rotenberg delivers a debut legal thriller.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780312429409
  • ISBN-10: 0312429401
  • Publisher: Picador USA
  • Publish Date: March 2010
  • Page Count: 372


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A new legal thriller star makes his debut

Toronto’s leading radio host Kevin Brace greets the newspaper deliveryman at the front door of his luxury condo, covered in blood, a confession on his lips.  His beautiful common-law wife lies dead in the bathtub. The crime appears to be solved before the first chapter is over, but the way the case unfolds makes Old City Hall, by newcomer Robert Rotenberg, an exciting addition to the legal thriller genre.  

Like Scott Turow and John Grisham, Rotenberg is a criminal lawyer turned writer with almost 20 years of legal practice behind him. Old City Hall is a tightly plotted thriller, but what lifts this book to the next level is the engaging cast of characters, from the legal workers right down to the Iranian doorman at Brace’s condo. And Rotenberg writes with relish of the neighborhoods, architecture, and multicultural population of his beloved hometown of Toronto. He is sure to have some avid fans by the close of this striking debut—which luckily contains signs of a sequel in the works.

This review originally appeared with the hardcover edition.

 
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