Jack Tobin, the main character of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue returns in this non-stop novel that combines enthralling plot twists with some of the best coutroom fiction being written today. Tobin, known as the lawyer's lawyer - the guy the best lawyer's say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle - undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent. The chief of police is outraged; the citizens of Oakville, where the murders occurred, erupt; and the state attorney is out for blood as Jack challenges the criminal justice system once again.
Sheehan masterfully weaves stories of love and friendship into one man's uncompromising search for truth within the four corners of a courtroom where it is often spoken about but seldom seen. Jack is in a fight for his life, and the outcome is in doubt right up to the final minute.
A trial lawyer himself, James Sheehan is also a top-notch thriller writer. Once again he succeeds in translating the depth of his courtroom knowledge into an entertaining and truly fascinating listen.
©2013 James Sheehan (P)2013 Hachette Audio
From the viewpoint of writing skill and editing, Sheehan's books are somewhat amateurish and unsophisticated. By this I mean the style is stultified and unpolished. They read like an rough draft that has yet to have a professional editor knock off the rough edges.
While I believe the story line is not bad, it is just not been thought through completely and the story lurches along clumsily, constantly causing me to hesitate to consider plausibility. That is a quality that an editor should nullify.
I want to like Sheehan, and feel he could be vastly improved with some quality support. His work comes across as immature and unrefined.
The main characters are likable and believable with some glaring exceptions. Without giving away the plot, the Chief and his contribution herein needs some work.
So, keep at it James, but spend a few bucks a improve you editing.
If this were the first mystery I had read, I probably would have enjoyed it. However, after reading every book written by Michael Connelly, John Sanford, Lee Child, and many other big name mystery writers, I could barely make it through this book. Characters are too perfect, too much passive language, too much explanation (does anyone who reads not know what "change of venue" means relating to a trial?). I could go on, but you get the picture. The only real suspense was whether or not I had the patience to finish the book. When I did finish it, I had already guessed the ending before the halfway mark because the author gave away too many clues.
Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.
I liked the reversal of positions. Clever, and done well.
Her testimony at the end.
Most books are predictable for be, this one had some very good twists. Loved that and loved the way author worked in the Atticus Finch honor.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Plot's holier than the Pope. Odd non-sequiturs drop out of nowhere. Whudda hell was the garage attack about? Sappy hero, weird law, absolutely predictable. And the characters!!! Sheeeesh! I know not to expect the complexity of Hemmingway but I'd like more depth than a parking lot puddle. Even Alan Alda's too manly to play the leading part. And the basic premise of the key trial is simply stupid. I listened to this entire mess because I paid for it. Will never pay for another Sheehan work. As for Rick Zieff, maybe this swamp through which he had to slog explains my feelings about his work. Okay... he kept the characters straight and I'll try him once more. How did this thing ever get published?
In case you wonder... nope... didn't like it at all.
I was really looking forward to James Sheehan's next book, having read or listened to the first couple. It's worth a listen, but be prepared to deal with and suspend belief in the behavior of the "saintly" characters. Some of it is a real stretch, especially considering people have their lives on the line.
The Perry Mason-type ending was both predictable and unrealistic. I found myself thinking, "Here it comes!", then, "Oh no! He actually went through with it!!!!" More suitable for Days of Our Lives than for one of Mr. Sheehan's books.
His voice is very listenable. Does a nice job with the different characters.
Yes, write this review.
Why ever would I do that?
Really, James Sheehan? I should engage a lawyer to sue you for the torture of listening to this nonsense.
Love thought provoking and well written mystery or suspense novels.
James Sheehan novels are great and this one is no exception. I enjoy his work so much. His attention to detail and great storyline is fabulous. I do suggest that you read his books in order so you can see the development of the characters involved. You could read them on their own but if you plan to read more of his work, start from the beginning.
Good narration and an interesting set of characters.
Moves along at a good pace but the end was a let down. Needed more twists to make it compelling listening.
Good character voices--on sounded like Walter Brennan!
"Predictable. Struggled to finish it."
The reader was good but the story is too predictable and not mystery or suspense. Too many explanations and repetitions. Also no real bad lads at all. it could all have happened on Walton's mountain.
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