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The Law of Second Chances

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Sheehan tells a story that is intense and suspenseful that I couldn't put this book down. I loved the way he tell the stories of all the characters. It's raw and real-somewhat poetic. He's unbiased with the characters and story line. It was especially rewarding for me being from the one of the areas he mention in the story and being familiar with the others. This is definitely a must read!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    excellent legal thriller

    Defending insurance companies against claimants made attorney Jack Tobin wealthy, but unsatisfied. He gave up that practice to defend death row inmates in Florida as he totally opposes capital punishment.------------- Seventeen years ago, poor black Henry Wilson was convicted of murdering a drug dealer Jack believes he is innocent and sets out to prove his assertion. He also decides to represent Benny Avrile, who has a long criminal record and on a robbery that turned ugly allegedly shot and killed oil mogul Carl Robertson the case against him is air tight with no lawyer wanting to go near it. At the same that Jack steps in to represent Benny in a death sentence case that he knows will take up much of his time and have an emotional cost, he is also is distraught that his wife Pat is suffering from a life-threatening illness. ------------------- With more courtroom time than Jack¿s first tale (see THE MAYOR OF LEXINGTON AVENUE), THE LAW OF SECOND CHANCES is an excellent legal thriller due the protagonist¿s deliberations on life and law although at times he slows the pace with flashbacks to growing up in 1950s-1960s New York. Still it is the hero¿s balancing his emotions and time to defend capital punishment sure shot losers with the needs of his wife and (himself) that make this a terrific legal thriller.------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Couldn't put it down

    Loved the characters, the plot line, and the intertwining and development of the characters. Couldn't put it down. Already preordered the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    good read

    i really enjoyed the book. characters were great.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    A fast paced legal thriller you'll want to read straight through.

    James Sheehan's second novel, The Law of Second Chances, has brought us a captivating novel deftly weaving the the principle fo "6 degrees of separation" into the story of Jack Tobin, a Florida trial lawyer. This intriguing thriller was published in March 2008 by St. Martins Press. Jack Tobin had been a successful civil trial lawyer, establishing his own firm. After twenty years he sells out his twenty million dollar interest to retire. Life intervenes and he finds a calling to represent death row inmates. Henry Wilson has only eight weeks left on death row but with the encouragement of his wife, Pat, Jack assumes his case and begins his search for the new evidence to stop the execution. He is then approached by Luis, the father of another murder suspect. Luis turns out to be a childhood friend reaching out from his past. Benny is suspeccted of the murder of an oil man but when his original lawyer is murdered suspicions that begin with gut-feelings lead to the search for other suspects. James Sheehan grew up in New York City and has been a practicing trial lawyer in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for thirty years. Both have shaped his novels "The Law of Second Chances" and "The Mayor of Lexington Avenue"

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Wish I'd skipped this one.

    Plot had possibilities but they are not realized. Author's tone is condescending, patronizing, simplistic. Grisham he's not.

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

    Complex thriller with interwoven plots

    This book was compulsively readable. The story intertwined so many times that I wanted to make comments right outloud.  There were parts that I questioned heavily, but my answers were revealed methodically.  I have notified all of my friends and acquaintances of this significantly written thriller.  It's an amazing story with several sub plots. Truly, one of the best novels I've read in at least ten years!    Couldn't wait to pick it up each day! Looking so forward to my next James Sheehan book!Thank YOU!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Sheehan does it again!!!!!

    James Sheehan does not disappoint with this book. The twists and turns throughout this story keep the reader's attention and makes it a book that is hard to put down! I hope that Jack Tobin and Henry Wilson will continue in the next book that Sheehan writes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

    A reviewer

    Didn't think Sheehan could improve on The Mayor, but he did! In Spades! Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2008

    Absorbing Page Turner

    I had ordered for John Grisham's The Appeal which arrived a day earlier than this one. A day later, I put aside JG's book and was completely lost in The Law of Second Chances. With his unique style, instantly likeable characters and Tarantino-like editing of the story, this is a Mr Sheehan's excellent follow up to The Mayor of Lexington Avenue. Jack Tobin is a true-to-life lawyer who battles for the down-and-out commoners on the streets. I cannot wait to read all about Jack's next assignment in life...will he find another love after losing his wife to cancer?

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