On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids. With a growing suspicion that he’s being expertly framed, Robert digs into the evidence to clear his name. In the process, however, he uncovers a web of fraud among his closest associates. As time runs out, Robert must uncover the real killer or be prepared to go to prison for murder.
©2013 Charles Rosenberg (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
This story revolves around Robert Tarza, a successful and truly snobby 60 year old attorney who finds himself under suspicion of murder. But unlike most central characters, you don't have to identify or even like this man to enjoy his tale. The reason is the astounding characters that surround him, his 30 year old protege and one of the most formidable defense attorneys in L.A.
Not only is he in deep trouble with the law, his case is further complicated by his own arrogant and naive insistence (and against his defense attorney's advice) on investigating his own case. Worse still, his young protege is a brilliant litigator with no criminal experience who insists on being the lead attorney of the defense team. The tensions between the equally brilliant legal minds Tarza and his team leads to a great deal of humor in an ever more mysterious murder.
The trial sequences are truly entertaining as they are suspenseful.
The narration requires the voice of a snob, an impertinent and sexy protege, a frustrated Latino defense attorney, a wise if snarky female judge in prominent roles. He delivers in spades.
Worth your time? It certainly was for me!
This is a great mystery, well developed and well narrated. I didn't see the conclusion coming. The author used an intelligent diversion right from the beginning that blinded me. I was on the wrong path as far as who I thought was the killer.
There are well developed minor characters and enough movement and action that held my attention and provided some laughs. This novel included scenes where the two central characters conducted tension-gartering, clandestine investigations and edge of your seat courtroom drama. With this narrator, I never had to consciously think about who was speaking. He was able to make significant changes in his voice to sound womanly and to use the quirks in a couple of the character's voice (eg. stuttering), so I was able to tell who was speaking at all times.
I really enjoyed the story and the narration. It wasn't the most complex plot but it was sufficiently puzzling to hold my attention and there were some absolutely hilarious zingers and characters along the way. Given that Rosenberg had a hand in Denny Crane you can imagine some of the color in this story.
Although it wasn't too hard to figure out who did it (the author didn't give us a lot of choices), I still enjoyed this book. The three main characters were all well written and different from the ordinary . The narrator had a great command of different accents to lend separation and personality to the characters. The main character "Robert " was dry and snobbish but funny at the same time. The court scenes were a bit different from the norm since all the court drama takes place during a preliminary hearing.
Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.
The protagonist is a wonderfully drawn character with the narrator doing a truly excellent job of reflecting of his fall from grace (sorry about that). You are introduced to this self-satisfied, older than usual, lawyer who is humanly self-deluding. The other characters are equally interesting with ongoing revelations which let the listener get to know them and become suspicious of their motives. The trouble with this book is that you can't comment too much without giving the plot away. A very worthwhile change from the usual. Deserves a high rating.
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