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The Mayor of Lexington Avenue

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

terrific legal thriller

In 1986 Bass Creek, Florida, Geronimo Cruz is drinking when he sees someone leave the trailer of Lucy Ochoa. He enters her abode to ask her who the youngster is, but she insists he was only the drunken kid from the convenience store who stayed a few minutes. Geronimo ...
In 1986 Bass Creek, Florida, Geronimo Cruz is drinking when he sees someone leave the trailer of Lucy Ochoa. He enters her abode to ask her who the youngster is, but she insists he was only the drunken kid from the convenience store who stayed a few minutes. Geronimo thinks he never expected the loose woman to remain faithful, but lying is unacceptable. He slits her throat. --- Police Detective Sergeant Wesley Brume hones in on bi-racially Rudy Kelly as the prime suspect Rudy worries because he had sex with Lucy just before she died. His mother hires lawyer Tracey James, who initially handles the case but drops it when her client can no longer pay her fee. The Cobb County public defender provides a poor defense while the prosecutor Clay Evans and Wes doctor ¿evidence¿ to insure that Rudy is convicted of first-degree murder. A decade later with Rudy¿s execution coming soon, trial lawyer Jack Tobin learns of the case and decides to take it on pro bono, but no one wants to admit that they framed Rudy and much of the trial evidence and related documents is officially ¿unavailable¿ in a timely manner. --- THE MAYOR OF LEXINGTON AVENUE is a terrific legal thriller that will grip readers with its strong condemnation of the American capital punishment system. The story line is action-packed though flashbacks to 1950s-1960s New York slow down the pace yet provides the personal impetus for Jack to take on the case. The cast consists of multi dimensional people but the star is the abuse of power by the state in death row cases. Unless you¿re the state electrician, sub-genre fans will appreciate this deep cautionary thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Clear Good Guys and Bad Guys in a Somewhat Uneven Story

One reviewer who gave this novel a high rating questioned why someone else only gave it one star. I found it neither a compelling read nor something to toss out. The story certainly started out on a strong note, introducing the victim, the killer, and the person who wou...
One reviewer who gave this novel a high rating questioned why someone else only gave it one star. I found it neither a compelling read nor something to toss out. The story certainly started out on a strong note, introducing the victim, the killer, and the person who would be blamed right from the get go. From there forward I thought the story would be about a down-to-the-wire but just-in-time save of poor Rudy Kelly from death row. Of course, it wasn't, and that's what made it a different kind of story. (Hence my 4-star rating for originality). The novel became uneven, however, when Jack as an adult enters the plot. Too much of the dialogue didn't sound right, and many of the characters became uneven in their behaviors. For example, Rudy Kelly--who was described throughout the story as borderline retarded--suddenly became unusually profound in his comments. I also found too many of the characters to be one-dimensional (clear good guys and bad guys in this story folks) And the various romantic relationships that suddenly developed were described too much like an 8th-grader telling about them. Where the story was strong, however, was in ending with a sense of justice being served while still leaving you understanding that good guys (like Rudy and Nancy) don't always win.

posted by JustMyTwoCents on April 28, 2010

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