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The Guilty Plea
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When a book draws me in from the start, I know it's going to be a good ride. I thoroughly enjoyed The Guilty Plea right through to the finish. Grocery magnate Terry Wyler is found murdered in his upscale home. But his young son Simon, peacefully sleeping upstairs, is untouched. Suspicion quickly falls on Samantha, Wyler's ex-wife, who's engaged in an acidic custody battle with Wyler. Detective Ari Greene steps in and he uses his good judgement to begin prying out the truth. From there, we're introduced to a fascinating cast of characters, deftly drawn by Rotenberg who gives us illuminating glimpses into their lives without ever sacrificing the story. Part legal thriller and part who-done-it, The Guilty Plea took me into the wee hours of the night turning those pages. This is Rotenberg's second novel and just as engrossing as his first. Highly recommended.
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Are second books supposed to be a letdown? If that's a rule then Robert Rotenberg has broken it. This is a terrific legal procedural and mystery that takes place roughly over a year in Toronto. An heir to a Toronto business is found stabbed to death and evidence points decisively towards his angry ex-wife. Detectives Greene and Kennicott investigate, lay the charge and turn things over to Crown Attorney Raglan and Defence lawyer DiPaulo. The investigation and subsequent trial should be straightforward but in the end are not. The smart reader will put on his or her thinking cap and pay attention to detail right from the first page. The characters are well drawn with Detective Greene being the standout. He is not a flashy but the understated tea sipping son of a holocaust survivor. You quickly come to see him as central to all of Rotenberg's stories. This is a taut, intelligent thriller for the fan of courtroom drama, mystery and well drawn settings; in this case Toronto.
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on May 15, 2011
Most courtroom/ murder/ suspense fail to take hold of me. They can be formulaic, ill-informed, or overwrought. Not "The Guilty Plea". Smart, insightful, tight, human. By far this goes to the top of the novel heap. Rotenberg has created characters and a story that grabbed me, would not let go, educated me, and brought me pleasure to inhabit.
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on November 1, 2014
I love the way he develops the characters, the learned knowledge of the Canadian legal system and how the lawyers prepare for the trial. The story itself leaves you wondering what is going to happen next. I highly recommend it.
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on January 21, 2013
wonderful follow-up on the very relatable characters developed in his first novel. another interesting homicide to solve and written in a "Canadian" way. Hope there are more to come!
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on October 21, 2013
rOBERT ROTENBERG NOVELS ARE EXCEPTIONALLY WELL WRITTEN AND AUTHENTIC ABOUT TORONTO SITES. I ESPECIALLY ENJOY THE COURT CASE AND THE LAWYERS' TECHNIQUES.
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on August 2, 2014
The attitudes,the atmosphere,the jargon is all there. Toronto and Rotenberg on show. Great characters that I hope to see in #5! Enjoyed it immensely
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on April 1, 2013
Very interesting, convoluted plot.
Nice to see a coninuation of the characters throughout the three novels I have read from this author
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on July 5, 2014
I love these characters and their pursuit of justice. Believable story line. I could not put it down. Keep on writing
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