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The Lawyer's Lawyer | [James Sheehan]

The Lawyer's Lawyer

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.
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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

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-04-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "AWFUL! Writer's terrible! Pass this up! UGH!"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Susan United States 02-13-13
    Susan United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Lots of twists, but no real surprises!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paige De Kalb, TX, United States 01-29-13
    Paige De Kalb, TX, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "This lawyer impressed by those!"
    What did you love best about The Lawyer's Lawyer?

    I liked the reversal of positions. Clever, and done well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lawyer's Lawyer?

    Her testimony at the end.


    Which character – as performed by Rick Zieff – was your favorite?

    Henry.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 06-09-13
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 06-09-13

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "Promising but Unrefined, Implausible"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Henry DERWOOD, MD, United States 01-17-13
    Henry DERWOOD, MD, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2001

    Kindle lover

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    "Nice story as usual, but melodramatic and flawed."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    What about Rick Zieff’s performance did you like?

    His voice is very listenable. Does a nice job with the different characters.


    Did The Lawyer's Lawyer inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, write this review.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 06-23-13
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2010

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "So awful I couldn't fall asleep"

    Really, James Sheehan? I should engage a lawyer to sue you for the torture of listening to this nonsense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marguerite Longueuil, QC, Canada 05-03-13
    Marguerite Longueuil, QC, Canada 05-03-13 Member Since 2008

    Love thought provoking and well written mystery or suspense novels.

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    "Wonderful Book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Cuyahoga Falls, OH, United States 02-09-13
    Nancy Cuyahoga Falls, OH, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Great up to the end"
    What did you love best about The Lawyer's Lawyer?

    Good narration and an interesting set of characters.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Moves along at a good pace but the end was a let down. Needed more twists to make it compelling listening.


    What does Rick Zieff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good character voices--on sounded like Walter Brennan!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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