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[Sheehan] does a fine job of depicting both the surreal nightmare of such an event and the inexorable pressure on law enforcement to arrest those responsible at any and all costs.—The Tampa Bay Times
Sheehan's trademark themes of friendship, love, guilt, and-particularly-redemption are here.... The courtroom drama is still a strong suit.—Library Journal
Verdict Sheehan’s trademark themes of friendship, love, guilt, and—particularly—redemption are here, but what is lacking is the skilled storytelling displayed especially in his debut, The Mayor of Lexington Avenue. The courtroom drama is still a strong suit, but other plotlines falter, making this more of a marginal purchase.—Michele Leber, Arlington, VA(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Posted April 11, 2013
Reviewed by Stephen Brayton for Readers' Favorite
1991: Jack Tobin, successful attorney, considers doing something else with his life other than the practice of law. 1993: A serial killer is terrorizing the college campus in Oakville, Florida. Detective Danielle Jansen suspects one of the students, Thomas Felton. After a couple more deaths, including that of the police chief's wife, Felton is arrested for murder. 2001: Jack Tobin has switched to defending death row clients gratis but accepts a case to help a basketball player at the Oakville campus from being charged with rape. He also begins a short-lived affair with Jansen who is close to retirement. 2003: Tobin agrees to help Felton, who is scheduled to die in six weeks' time. What he discovers sets off a chain reaction that will put Tobin himself on trial and uncover secrets buried for eight years.
This is a difficult story to summarize because to tell anymore would be to give away too much. This is basically three stories put into one: the serial killer investigation; Tobin's case with Felton; and Tobin's own trial. I had actually expected a couple of the minor characters to play a bigger role in later events, but I enjoyed the courtroom battles. I liked the give and take, the strategies from each side, the objections and the judge's personality. This is a long story, but one I thought worthwhile to listen to. The author understands the intricacies of the courtroom and provides enough ambiance to draw in the reader to the scenes. Just enough thrill to entice me; just enough mystery to keep me interested; a little romance; and a well-built story to provide provoking courtroom scenes.
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Posted April 26, 2013
The Lawyer’s Lawyer by James Sheehan is a fictional story taking place in present day Florida. Mr. Sheehan works at Stetson University in Tampa, FL and teaches trail law.
Jack Tobin, one of the best lawyers in the United States, takes it upon himself to represent a serial killer that he believes to be innocent. The citizens of the town of Oakville are outraged, the Chief of Police is angry and the district attorney is out to get Jack.
The criminal justice system as a whole is not too happy either.
The Lawyer’s Lawyer by James Sheehan was a delight to read. I got this book a few months ago, but just picked it up and finished it in about two days.
While there are several directions the book pulls the reader towards, the real strength lays in the courtroom drama which Mr. Sheehan so eloquently brings to life. I’ll even go further and say that the sidebars the lawyers had while approaching the bench were some of the most interesting, fascinating conversation I’ve read in this genre.
The author did a great job telling the story while staying away from many technical terms (“legalese”) and if used, explaining them almost immediately. The narrative is smooth and eloquent which makes for an easy read despite the setting.
The protagonist of the book, Jack Tobin, is too perfect. He is rich, retired in fact, and only represent clients for charity. Jack has a volatile conscious which makes one wonder how he became not only a successful lawyer, but a “lawyer’s lawyer” – the one lawyers themselves call when they get in trouble. The reader is reminded much too often about what a good person Jack is and how selfless he is that it seems unbelievable at times.
Mr. Sheehan did a fantastic job writing a very interesting book. The legal battles between the judge, the defense and the district attorney bring the book to life and reminds the reader that a trial is not necessarily about the accused.
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Posted January 24, 2013
I finished this compelling book in one day. I simply could not put it down. The protagonist, Jack Tobin, has made enough money to retire, so he takes cases of wrongly convicted people on death row. He works for no fee with a drive to bring justice to the criminal system. I enjoyed Jack's friendship with Henry, a former death row prisoner set free through Jack's efforts. Henry literally owes his life to Jack and becomes a devoted employee. The twosome is hard to beat.
There are twists and turns that surprise. I really enjoyed this thriller.
Thank you to Sarah Reck at Center Street for my copy.
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Posted April 18, 2013
Posted October 4, 2013
I love "courtroom drama" and The Lawyer's Lawyer ranks among one of the best reads. It was a book that was difficult to put down. Kudos to James Sheehan for a job well done. Now I will catch up by reading his other books and so far have not been disappointed.
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Posted September 3, 2013
I first saw this book at $1.99 and when I went to buy it for my NOOK it was $10.99......what gives
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A reasonably good legal "thriller." I'm inclined to read another by the author, and coming from a lawyer, that's pretty high praise.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 18, 2013
Spoiler alert, he uses some of the same artifices on both books (e.g., the coroner filing a secondary report).
Not bad overall, especially if, like me, you read it on a flight to Dallas or at the gym in your tablet. The ending --and, no, no spoilers here-- is too, way too, too much, incredible. Just doesn't fly.
Posted October 14, 2013
The Lawyer's Lawyer is a fairly good read. The author seems quite knowledgeable about police interaction with each other and the D.A. The storyline is engaging and you get a good feel for the characters.
That being said,the one thing that I felt was lacking in this book is throughout the "action" scenes there's a lack of descriptives to truly engage and frighten the reader. You don't actually get lost in the moments of terror as much as you're reading about them. I think that's the only missing element in this book.
Other than that, I enjoyed the read!
Posted October 11, 2013
Posted October 4, 2013
This was not his first novel so after I read this excellent novel, I wanted to pick one he had done previously. Unfortunately, the earlier novel was mentioned in the novel I read, and I know what happened in the previous story line and conclusion. darn. Why would he do that?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 28, 2013
I love this book. It gets you from page 1 to page 381, it is a mystery and romance combined, the writer keeps you guessing to the end. There all a lot of twist and turns that keep you riveted, a hard book to put down even to go to sleep. Read it you will be glad you did. GJRA