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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Canadian Export edition (March 3 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416592857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416592853
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip Cousineau on April 5 2009
Format: Hardcover
Greg Iles, Stuart Woods, Phillip Margolin, Eric Rill. Exceptional story-tellers have a way of grabbing you by both lapels and pulling you in. Add Robert Rotenberg to the list. Old City Hall is a delightful read seen from the point-of-view of six utterly believable characters: a paper-delivery person, a beat cop, a detective, a reporter, a prosecutor and a defence lawyer. The story is crafted around the stabbing of the wife of a prominent broadcaster. The investigation, proceedings, jail visits and court room scenes that follow are masterful. The book is chock full of delightful morsels like how to spot when someone's lying. Or things young lawyers need to know about not alienating an old judge. But mainly this is just a mesmerizing read. Fast paced from start to finish. Definitely put this one on your reading list.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Ziegler on Feb. 14 2009
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"Old City Hall" is breathtakingly good. It's a crisply paced murder-mystery with a satisfying plot and sufficient twists to keep it addictive and infectious to the very end. The novel boasts an intriguing and consistently sympathetic cast of characters, the most colourful and endearing of which is the city of Toronto itself. Rotenberg rounds out the story with historical and cultural background on the city, and behind-the-scenes legal, law enforcement and incarceration insights that add interest and dimension to the overall story without unduly slowing down the plot momentum. Rotenberg handles a complex narrative with a confidence and deftness that belies the fact that this is his first novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Z. McCauley on May 9 2013
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I have a hard time placing this novel in the genre of crime fiction, it's really not police procedural, since so much of the focus of the story relates to the Crown and Defence attorneys. Likewise, it's not really just about lawyers because the cops in the novel (one of whom is a former lawyer who somehow seems to be able to play at detective while still being a uniformed officer) play a significant role in the plot. The mental gymnastics and logical leaps the major players employ to arrive at a theory for the crime in question I found difficult to accept. The lawyers seem like they should have a significant role, but for the most part they don't do anything, or arrive at any conclusions on their own. The story was mostly there, it just seemed to lack focus.

The setting in Toronto was good, and the fact that it doesn't try to Americanize the process. The judge was probably my favourite character, although his role is minimal.

Gum shoe detectives (think Bernie Gunther, Martin Beck) are my preferred genre, if that's your thing I wouldn't recommend this. If you're more into the court room scenes you might like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Larkin on March 18 2010
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With a murder and a confession within the first few pages, this book would seem to have nowhere to go. Wrong! The plot, which delivers as many twists as a corkscrew, kept me up far too late last night.

The book is well paced and the characters fully developed: the detectives; the accused and his family; the prosecutor, and witness Mr. Gurdial Singh; none are cardboard characters or placeholders.

It was a rare pleasure to read, and I hope for more novels from this very talented Canadian author.
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I attended a Robert Rotenberg reading at Kitchener Public Library in the fall of 2013. He piqued my interest in his book with his humour and wit in person. Old City Hall went into my queque of books to read and finally came up this spring. It was everything I hoped it would be, and more. The character development and plot development were superb. Wish there were a lot more to read!
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I can take him or leave him. Not a bad writer for a lawyer, probably should have changed his name, if that's his real one, wouldn't seem to inspire much confidence to a potential client.
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I'm a sucker for any book set in Toronto; it's always cool when you know the setting. This procedural feels accurate and real. The story unfolds beautifully, and stays plausible, though it reaches it's high point early enough to make the last few pages drag. The story of a Peter Gzowski-ish radio personality who appears to have killed his wife is excellent and the characters interesting. I am going to read Rotenbergs next book shortly; I am curious to know what he does with the people he just introduced. This is a quality piece and definitely worth a look.
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By TRISH CHARD on Feb. 18 2014
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This book started out really well, very interesting but gradually it wore itself down! I read Stranglehold and ought it to be excellent and fast paced; but Old City Hall reaches just a little too much to the unbelievable. On to the third book by Mr. Rotenberg and hopefully it will be of "Stranglehold" calibre! I will read all of Mr. Rotenberg's books as he is a pretty descent writer and then will read his brother David's books for comparison. Was disappointed in Old City Hall after reading Stranglehold first. ( I know I read them backwards!)
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