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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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    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 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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    I REGRET NOT READING THIS BOOK EARLIER

    I just finished reading the mayor of lexington avenue.As good as grisham , my all time favourite author.Kept me up all night. Am glad to learn that his next release comes out in march.I will be a first day buyer of same.Read the 2 other reviews.Can only tell reviewer who did not like the book to realise how many interesting ideas of how to win a case were presented.We all procrastinate about some things especially of friends from our childhood.Reading this book made me think about a lot of things. If the author can make me think, he deserves my patronage.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Silly title but wonderful book

    I see that one of the reviewers on this page could only award this book one star. Why? I wonder. I bought the book and was gripped by the story from the get-go. James Sheehan's style, the feeling he could get across about the principal characters, and the story-line is beautifully crafted. John Grisham's 'The Innocent Man' touches on the same subject, miscarriage of justice but James Sheehan's story carries the same powerful message that justice must be done and also seen to be done. Splendid book. I look forward to another book from this masterly pen.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    Great Book!

    This novel was the ultimate joy to read. Well written, great story line and characterizations. Highly recommended to all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    Excellent Read

    I read an advanced copy of this book not expecting to finish--I ended up not being able to put it down. I would recommend to anyone. Looking forward to reading more of James Sheehan in the future.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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