Death on a High Floor MP3 CD – 1 Apr 2014
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About the Author
Charles B. (“Chuck”) Rosenberg has been the credited legal script consultant to three prime time television shows: L.A. Law, The Practice and Boston Legal, as well as The Paper Chase (Showtime). During the O .J. Simpson criminal trial, he was one of two on-air legal analysts for E! Entertainment Television’s live coverage of the trial. He also provided commentary for E!’s coverage of the Simpson civil trial. He is also the author of the book The Trial of O.J. Simpson: How to Watch the Trial and Understand What’s Really Going On (Publishing Partners 1994) and is a contributing author to the book Lawyers in Your Living Room! Law on Television (ABA Publishing 2009). He has taught extensively as an adjunct law professor, including at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, the Loyola Law School International LLM Program in Bologna, Italy, the UCLA School of Law, the Pepperdine School of Law, and the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. A graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Chuck currently practices in the Los Angeles area. He has been a partner in several law firms, including a large international firm. Currently, he is a partner in a three-lawyer firm. Chuck and his wife have lived in Los Angeles since the early 1970s. He is at work on a second novel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This has to be one of the best legal thrillers I've read in many years, with a tight modern and most of all plausible plot set in Los Angeles in a law firm.
It was impressive that the characters were not all young sexy high flyers, so I felt at home with the age group :)
For me, the legal aspects of the story are brilliant, as I've just been reading about
"probable cause " in the US legal system.
Well done indeed to the author, I'll certainly be looking out for more.
As a senior partner in a legal firm, the main character was oddly deferential & submissive to the junior lawyer he had been instrumental in recruiting some years before and also to his "maverick" defence counsel, who quits the brief and then inexplicably accepts it again. Whilst the "hero"s legal specialism is in corporate law he shows astonishing ignorance of criminal law & jurisprudence - surely lawyers usually have basic working knowledge of other areas of law?
For a novel with a reasonably small cast of characters and a limited number of locations, the writing needs to be tighter and more focussed than this - the denouement seemed to arrive with indecent, inexplicable and incredible haste - the "twist" owes more to "Perry Mason" than anything else and the plot line deserved better.
At some point - and I'm not sure where, the story became interesting and then gripping. Very involved and complicated plot - and the end turns out to be a great surprise. Along the way the author throws you several red herrings so that you think that you know whodunnit - but you don't.
It's a pretty lightweight piece of writing but great for a holiday book. From time to time the main character - who is narrating to story in the 1st person gives little technical explanations as to why certain legal procedure is being followed or why a particular approach is being adopted. I enjoyed this aspect and it gave it more realism.
It's not Grisham but it is not too far away.
The story has a good plot which seems to only have one conclusion but the twists and turns in particular in the court room made me want to not put it down.
I think the nearest equivalent is Raymond Chandler.
Was a recommendation to me and I am happy to recommend to others.
Was a bit slow in the middle but soon picked up again and was unable to put this book down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Took a while to get going, but a thoroughly good read once you get into it.Published 14 months ago by Andy Hunter
The story was stretched out too much. Never quite took off for me. Almost gave up on it a few timesPublished 15 months ago by Figtree58
I enjoyed this book- it kept my interest from beginning to end and I could hardly put it down. I also enjoyed the legal parts and for me there were no glaring mistakes as happens... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Charleygirl
Really unfair to review this now as I am still reading it. So far it's ok.Published 15 months ago by tish
Good read for in flight - I like the first person aspect to the Story. Characters seem cool and worth developing.Published 17 months ago by Amazon K
Good at the beginning - read like a U.S. TV series. Tailed off to a less than satisfactory ending though.Published 19 months ago by Anne I Mallinson