Old City HallBook - 2009
Nominated for the UK Crime Writers Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award
Finalist for the Elle magazine (France) Best Crime Novel of the Year
Nominated for the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award 2010
DID CANADA'S FAVOURITE RADIO HOST COMMIT MURDER?
Kevin Brace, Canada's most famous radio personality, stands in the doorway of his luxury condominium, hands covered in blood, and announces to his newspaper delivery man: "I killed her." His wife lies dead in the bathtub, fatally stabbed. It would appear to be an open-and-shut case.
The trouble is, Brace refuses to talk to anyone--including his own lawyer--after muttering those incriminating words. With the discovery that the victim was actually a self-destructive alcoholic, the appearance of strange fingerprints at the crime scene, and a revealing courtroom cross-examination, the seemingly simple case takes on all the complexities of a hotly contested murder trial.
In the tradition of defence lawyers turned authors like Scott Turow and John Grisham, Robert Rotenberg delivers a legal thriller rich with his forensic skill and insider knowledge, taking readers on a tour of Toronto from the Don Jail to the towers of Bay Street and into the shadowy corridors of the Old City Hall courthouse.
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If you love detective novels and yearn for a local connection, you have to read this book! Rotenberg is a practicing Toronto lawyer, and this is the first book he has penned. It is set in Toronto, is a lighter read than Lescroart but has so many twists and turns it is not easily predictable. He manages to include all kinds of historic references within his piece that are interesting to someone who has been to Toronto. His second offering, The Guilty Plea is at the library now, and I can't wait to see how his writing has evolved. Try this one out, it's a hidden gem!
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