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The Mayor of Lexington Avenue,
This review is from: The Mayor of Lexington Avenue (Paperback)
This was brilliant. One of those books you look forward to going back to when you are not reading it, and one you miss when you have finished it.
It is a cross between early Grisham when he was good and lambasted the American legal system and Richard North Patterson's anti death penalty novel Conviction although The Mayor of Lexington Avenue is less technical and faster paced.
This is trial lawyer James Sheehan's first novel. His characterisation is very black and white. The bad guys are odious. The state attorney has only achieved because of his family connections and the chief of police is fat and lazy. The defence lawyer is only in it for the money.
On the other hand Sheehan wants you to like the good guys. He treats them all sympathetically. Rudy their victim is "a little slow" but handsome and liked by everyone. His mother will do anything to support him.
We learn of the relationship of Rudy's father and Jack Tobin through flashbacks to their childhood adventures in 1950s New York.
Jack Tobin who eventually takes up Rudy's case is sick of big law firms and wants to do good for the little guy.
You are carried along on the emotional roller coaster of the in justice Rudy faces and you can't wait for the bad guys to get their comeuppance. Be warned its not all roses and violins however.
At the end when the trial is over Jack walks out of the court and says to himself he knows he will be back. I certainly hope so.