Old City Hall

Old City Hall

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374225421
0374225427
Branch Call Number: FIC ROTENBE
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 24 cm.

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Pisinga
Mar 04, 2016

Really interesting to read about places in Toronto. This is book for fans of legal thrillers, courtroom drama. Something like “Law and order”, “The good wife” etc. I felt some kind of mockery of immigrants from the author. De according to him, immigrants in Toronto are working in low paid jobs, like newspaper delivery, concierge etc. But they have higher education and in their homeland they’ve been respectable professionals, working in big companies, occupying good paid positions. And now, in Canada, they have to mention that every time, during talks with Toronto born people, like a form of explaining, in order to get a respect. Also – depreciation for suburbs of Toronto. You can feel it while you’re reading this book. Another thing that for me was, until the point to be ridiculous – its subject of Toronto Maple Leaves. If the author loves so much hockey and a team of Toronto Maple Leafs, so he should write a book about sport, and not express his love on each page of a legal thriller. There are no two pages in a row where the author does not mention TML. In one episode, one of the characters, sheds a tear – only twice in his life, first one on a funeral of his wife, and the second one, after TML scored a goal. That’s a shame. The impression is like Torontonians are shallow, callous people, without feelings. The author is talking about justice, that it should be done, but at the end, there is no conclusion. The crime wasn't solved.

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Daphne57
Aug 21, 2013

Such a talented writer and legal beagle; I enjoyed the location of this tale in Toronto.

ehbooklover Jul 22, 2013

A great legal mystery loaded with twists and turns that is told from the point of view of numerous characters. The story takes place in Toronto and the author describes the city’s culture and architecture so well that the city quickly becomes a living, breathing character within the story. I definitely plan to read more of Rotenberg’s books.

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toby65
Aug 15, 2012

Disappointing. Started out well but the writing deteriorated badly.
Forced myself to finish this but not sure why!

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SportyReader
Jul 25, 2012

A very good first book featuring a story set in Toronto. This fact alone makes me assign one of the stars to the rating.

The story is interesting, and Rotenberg distinguishes the differences between Canadian and America court room etiquette. The Canadian way seems less theatrical, more polite.

Some nitpicks- I didn't like that Rotenberg had to detail out some places, as if he was dictating to a slow child. One example is when he talks about Yorkdale Mall, Instead of just saying Yorkdale mall and one adjective to describe it he goes off detailing where it is and what it is...Who cares? It's just a mall not a wonder of the world.

The characters are okay, nothing amazing or interesting...But the story makes up for it.

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Rosina
May 22, 2012

I loved this book. I have been to Toronto and it mentioned some of my favourite places. Good writing and a great story.

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pandgbailey
Dec 26, 2011

murder takes place in toronto

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writer13
Dec 01, 2011

I was mostly disappointed with this book. The writing was formulaic and lacking in any real suspense. It was a struggle to finish reading this as at no time did the story or the characters compel me to want to finish it. The last 100 pages did get better than the first 200 or so but, all-in-all if you like legal thrillers there are better choices out there.

sofstress Nov 20, 2011

Nicely developed characters, pretty suspenseful. If you like a good mystery this book is for you.

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nhoj
Sep 29, 2011

First book by a Toronto lawyer set in TO featuring a Detective Greene. This story is about a man who greets the paper delivery man at the door with bloody hands saying I just killed my wife then refuses to talk to anybody even his lawyer.

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bava2460
Aug 03, 2011

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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