Old City Hall : An Ari Greene MysteryBook - 2009
In the aftermath of a seemingly open-and-shut murder investigation in which a leading Canadian radio show host has confessed to his wife's murder and refused all subsequent counsel, the suspect's defense attorney struggles to make sense of clues that do not add up, from unidentified fingerprints to discoveries about the victim's self-destructive alcoholism.
Blackwell North Amer
It should be an open-and-shut case. Canada's leading radio-show host, Kevin Brace, has confessed to killing his young wife. He had come to the door of his luxury condominium with his hands covered in blood and told the newspaper deliveryman: "I killed her." His wife's body lay in the bathtub of their suite, a fatal knife wound just below the sternum.
Now all that should remain is legal procedure: document the crime scene, prosecute the case, and be done with it. 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 begins to take on all the complexities of a hotly contested murder trial.
Old City Hall takes us on a tour of a city as exciting and vital as the motley ensemble populating Robert Rotenberg's story. There's Awotwe Amankwah, the only black reporter covering the crime; Judge Johnathan Summers, an old navy captain who runs his courtroom as if he's still standing astride the foredeck; Edna Wingate, an eighty-three-year-old British war bride who just loves hot yoga; and Daniel Kennicott, a former big-firm lawyer who became a cop after his brother was murdered and the investigation hit a dead end.
In the aftermath of a seemingly open-and-shut murder investigation in which a leading Canadian radio show host has confessed to his wife's murder, the suspect's defense attorney struggles to make sense of clues that do not add up.
It should have been an open and shut case. Canada's leading radio talk show host came to the door of his luxury condominium, his hands bloody, and said to the newspaper deliveryman, "I killed her." Yet, the discovery that the victim was a self-destructive alcoholic, the presence of strange fingerprints at the crime scene, and the refusal of the accused to say anything--even to his attorney--lead to a hotly contested murder trial.
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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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