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Old City Hall

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Having worked in magazines, film and radio, Robert Rotenberg established his own criminal law practice seventeen years ago. He lives in Toronto with his wife, a television producer at C.B.C. News, their three children and their dog. Old City Hall is his first novel.


What appears to be an open-and-shut murder case turns out to be anything but in Rotenberg's overstuffed debut, a legal thriller. After celebrated radio host Kevin Brace (aka the "Voice of Canada") confesses to killing his wife, Katherine, in their Toronto apartment, he refuses to utter another word, even to his attorney, Nancy Parish. The police, including homicide detective Ari Greene and ex-lawyer-turned-cop Daniel Kennicott, try to piece together a motive, while rookie prosecutor Albert Fernandez gears up for his first murder trial. As Greene and Kennicott dig deeper into Brace's life, they discover links not only to an ex-wife and son but also to Katherine's own checkered past. Rotenberg, a criminal lawyer, is at his best evoking the courtroom duel between Fernandez and Parish, but too many underdeveloped characters and unnecessary subplots may leave some readers feeling the eventual trial wasn't worth the wait. (Mar.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

'Breathtaking . . . and all the more so because this is the author's first novel. A tightly woven spiderweb of plot and a rich cast of characters make this a truly gripping read. And of particular interest is the setting: Robert Rotenberg does for Toronto what Ian Rankin does for Edinburgh' - Jeffery Deaver An amazing debut novel. Robert Rotenberg s Old City Hall has everything a legal thriller should have, and more: absolutely engaging characters, a tight, taut, and believable plot, a heart-quickening pace, and, best of all, some of the finest writing I ve read in years. This one has winner written all over it. - Nelson DeMille Robert Rotenberg's Old City Hall is one of the best books I've read in ten years. I devoured it in two sittings. Rotenberg is a criminal defense attorney, defending lowlifes and celebrities alike in Toronto, and he really knows his clients. His characters are stunningly good. They're real people. His Toronto settings make this most multicultural city in North America come alive. He writes with assurance and panache. He has a series of characters who may well become a classic. He even has a sense of humor. This is one of those novels where you only need to read the first chapter to be swept away. If Old City Hall doesn't win an Edgar, I'll trade in my pen for a fishing rod... - Douglas Preston The atmospherics, and especially Rotenberg s af

When popular Canadian radio talk show host Kevin Brace is accused of murdering his common-law wife, Katherine Torn, everyone in Toronto assumes it's a slam-dunk case, especially because when the body was discovered he told his newspaper deliveryman that he killed her. However, those are the last words Brace says about the case. He refuses to speak to anyone, including his lawyer, Nancy Parish, and communicates with her only through written notes. No matter, think the investigating detective, police officers, and Crown attorney on the case, his confession and the evidence should be enough for a conviction. But when the investigation unearths a million-dollar radio contract and a dramatic private life that lies beneath Brace's carefully constructed public persona, Rotenberg's debut novel turns into a roller coaster of a legal thriller that's got it all-an outstanding and fast-paced plot, well-developed characters with depth and personality, great dialog, plenty of courtroom and investigative drama, and an explosively satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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