The Alligator Man

The Alligator Man

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by James Sheehan
     
 

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Kevin Wylie's crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevin's long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides to leave Miami and visit his father, who he hasn't seen in 28 years. Heading back to his hometown, Kevin doesn't realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case.
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Kevin Wylie's crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevin's long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides to leave Miami and visit his father, who he hasn't seen in 28 years. Heading back to his hometown, Kevin doesn't realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case.
The victim, one of the richest and most-hated corporate criminals in America has been dubbed The Alligator Man after pieces of his clothing were found in a local swamp. Billy Fuller had every reason to want the victim dead and all the evidence leads right to his doorstep. But legendary lawyer Tom Wylie believes in Billy and he and his son reunite to fight for Billy's life.

The Alligator Man is a story of greed, anger, love, redemption and two powerful trial attorneys who fight to the end-- and risk everything--for the truth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
In this straightforward, character-driven stand-alone, Sheehan (The Lawyer’s Lawyer and two other Jack Tobin legal thrillers) clearly distinguishes between heroes and villains. Wealthy Roy Johnson has retired to Gladestown, Fla., after escaping with a golden parachute from his company, Dynatron, whose collapse destroyed the jobs, health insurance, and pensions of 20,000 employees. When Roy is reported missing one morning, some people at first presume that an alligator snatched him on his nightly drunken walk. Then a local teen comes forward to report a hit-and-run, followed by a witness’s report of a man leaving a bar in a nearby town on that night, muttering about killing someone. Police quickly identify the man as former Dynatron employee Billy Fuller. Enter Kevin Wylie, an unemployed defense lawyer visiting his dying father in Billy’s hometown. Sheehan paints a sympathetic portrait of Kevin, Billy, and others on the side of the law, while crafting an ending that will satisfy readers who like to see justice prevail. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly on The Lawyer's Lawyer
"Exciting...legal thriller...Sheehan...keep(s) the tension high..."
on THE ALLIGATOR MAN Bookviews.com
"James Sheehan, knows a lot about the law. He practiced it for thirty years and has written three acclaimed legal thrillers. I recommended Sheehan's last novel, 'The Lawyer's Lawyer,' and I definitely recommend his new one."
Kirkus Reviews
Sheehan (The Law of Second Chances, 2008, etc.) weaves a father-son reconciliation melodrama into a Florida courtroom clash sparked by murder and corruption. Kevin Wylie is the top-ranked associate in Bernie Stang's Miami, Fla., criminal defense firm. While contemplating setting up shop for himself, he learns of a dark secret behind the high-rolling Stang's defense of drug dealers. With that, Stang tells Wylie the town isn't big enough for both of them. Struggling with that threat, Kevin gets word that his long-estranged father, Tom, also an attorney, is dying of cancer. Kevin's asked to visit Tom in the north Florida town of St. Albans. Meantime, Roy Johnson, former CEO of Dynatron, a bankrupt international energy company, has been reported killed in a deliberate hit-and-run accident near his lavish estate at Gladestown at the Everglades' edge. Johnson profited from a $100 million buyout shortly before Dynatron went belly-up, leaving employees jobless and with no insurance or pension funds. It's no surprise Johnson's been run down on the road, but the real shock is that Billy Fuller, a longtime friend of Tom Wylie, is accused of the murder. Despite the great premise--an Enron-Lehman-Brothers-CEO-pirate becoming alligator fare after being knocked into the swamp--Sheehan's characters are too easily slotted into neat spots on the storyboard: Kevin's an angst-ridden, earnest Tom Cruise type, with a Matthew McConaughey type stepping in as fisherman/guide/auxiliary sheriff/vigilante Carlisle Buchanan. Readers meet the standard judge who dislikes the brash defense attorney, enjoy the requisite father-son reconciliation, and watch as one love affair crashes and another simmers back home in St. Albans, all while Sheehan runs past three conclusions before he terminates every loose plot thread. Fun stuff, albeit less tense and conflicted than the works of Scott Turow and John Grisham.
Fresh Fiction
"This is the second book that I read by James Sheehan. James is a great writer, rating right up there with James Patterson. James Sheehan was a lawyer and you can tell by the way the book is written. James brings you right into the court room and gives a lot of the back story of this trial."
Florida Book Review
"Sheehan is a gifted storyteller who fans of Paul Levine or James Grippando's Florida-set legal thrillers should enjoy. THE ALLIGATOR MAN merges the fast pave of Miami with the rural, one stoplight towns that skirt Florida's Everglades, where alligators aren't the most dangerous predators lurking."
New York Journal of Books
". . . an enthralling legal thriller."
Southern Literary Review
"If you're looking for a fast-paced, intriguing legal thriller, The Alligator Man by James Sheehan is the novel for you."
Tampa Bay Times
"The courtroom action is compelling...And Sheehan keeps the surprises-come scary, some bittersweet-coming to the very last page."
The Washington Post on The Lawyer's Lawyer
"[Sheehan] is especially good whenever he takes us into a courtroom.... Sheehan brings the three-way jousting of a criminal trial...to blazing life."

Mysterious Reviews
"A deeply moving storyline from both a familial and legal perspective, this is one of the best thrillers of the year."
on The Alligator Man Outnumbered.com
"I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns and even though everything was thought out I still could not see what was coming next. His legal thrillers are not to be missed!"
on The Alligator Man Bookviews.com
"James Sheehan, knows a lot about the law. He practiced it for thirty years and has written three acclaimed legal thrillers. I recommended Sheehan's last novel, 'The Lawyer's Lawyer,' and I definitely recommend his new one."
From the Publisher
"Fun stuff."— Kirkus Reviews, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN

"This is the second book that I read by James Sheehan. James is a great writer, rating right up there with James Patterson. James Sheehan was a lawyer and you can tell by the way the book is written. James brings you right into the court room and gives a lot of the back story of this trial."—Fresh Fiction, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN

"James Sheehan, knows a lot about the law. He practiced it for thirty years and has written three acclaimed legal thrillers. I recommended Sheehan's last novel, 'The Lawyer's Lawyer,' and I definitely recommend his new one."—Bookviews.com, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN

"Sheehan is a gifted storyteller who fans of Paul Levine or James Grippando's Florida-set legal thrillers should enjoy. THE ALLIGATOR MAN merges the fast pave of Miami with the rural, one stoplight towns that skirt Florida's Everglades, where alligators aren't the most dangerous predators lurking."—Florida Book Review, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN

"It is not only the development of each character's individual story but Sheehan's ability to compel his readers to care about them that sets this book apart from other legal thrillers."—Library Journal, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN

"The courtroom action is compelling...And Sheehan keeps the surprises-come scary, some bittersweet-coming to the very last page."—Tampa Bay Times, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN

New York Law Journal
"Compelling."
Richard North Patterson
"Fast moving and tightly written...boasts a gripping story and characters who will make the reader care. Al in all, a stylish and engaging novel."
Chicago Tribune
"To Kill A Mockingbird on steroids..."
on The Mayor of Lexington Avenue Booklist
"Here's a legal thriller that's so good it instantly leaves Grisham and the gang choking on its dust..."
RT Book Reviews Top Pick on The Lawyer's Lawyer
"The plot is well crafted, the characters are authentic, gritty and sympathetic...This story moves the heart as you identify with Jack, the "lawyer's lawyer" and root for him in his biggest case yet."
bookreporter.com on The Lawyer's Lawyer
" James Sheehan delivers an intricately plotted, fast-paced read with more than enough thrilling plot twists to satisfy the most dedicated Grisham and Connelly fan."
South Florida Sun Sentinel on The Lawyer's Lawyer
"THE LAWYER'S LAWYER keeps the tension high as it delivers a thoughtful look at the law and how an attorney has a duty to his client, no matter the cost.... [Sheehan] shows his affinity for making the intricacies of a police investigation and the resulting trial exciting."
Nelson DeMille
"This is a debut novel but it reads like it was written by a master of the genre."
The New York Times
"Sheehan...writes with bleak clarity...but there's a touch of the poet in his voice."
The Guilded Earlobe
"THE LAWYER'S LAWYER grabbed me from the beginning, and kept me ensnared the entire time. Full of engrossing characters, touching friendships, heart shaking twists and high stakes courtroom action, THE LAWYER'S LAWYER sets the bar quite high for this year's batch of Legal Thrillers."
Library Journal
09/15/2013
At first glance, Sheehan's latest legal thriller (after The Lawyer's Lawyer) is about the gruesome murder (by alligator) of villain extraordinaire corporate CEO Roy Johnson and the ensuing trial of the man accused of committing that murder, newspaper columnist Billy Fuller, who lost everything when Johnson's company went belly up. Though Sheehan deftly lays out the elements of the sheriff's department's murder investigation and leads the reader through the engaging set of twists and turns in attorney Kevin Wylie's defense of Billy, the novel's true strength lies in its characters—major and minor. There's sheriff's auxiliary officer Carlisle Buchanan, who learned to navigate the Florida Everglades at his father's side; Kevin's own father, Tom, and artist Kate Parker, Tom's longtime companion; savvy prosecutor Jeanette Truluc; Freddie Jenkins, the teenager who may have been the only witness to the murder; Bernie Stang, Kevin's former employer; David Lefter, Bernie's "numbers guy"; and even bartender George Russo—each with his or her own stake in the outcome of the proceedings. VERDICT It is the not only the development of each character's individual story but Sheehan's ability to compel his readers to care about them that sets this book apart from other legal thrillers.—Nancy McNicol, Hamden P.L., CT

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455508648
Publisher:
Center Street
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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