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Jack Tobin, the main character of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue returns in this non-stop novel that combines enthralling plot twists with some of the best coutroom fiction being written today.

Tobin, known as the lawyer's lawyer—the guy the best lawyer's say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle—undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent. The Chief of Police is outraged, the citizens of Oakville where the murders occurred, ...

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Overview

Jack Tobin, the main character of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue returns in this non-stop novel that combines enthralling plot twists with some of the best coutroom fiction being written today.

Tobin, known as the lawyer's lawyer—the guy the best lawyer's say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle—undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent. The Chief of Police is outraged, the citizens of Oakville where the murders occurred, erupt, and the State Attorney is out for blood as Jack challenges the criminal justice system once again.

Sheehan masterfully weaves stories of love and friendship into one man's uncompromising search for truth within the four corners of a courtroom where it is often spoken about but seldom seen. Jack is in a fight for his life and the outcome is in doubt right up to the turn of the final page.

A trial lawyer himself, James Sheehan is also a top-notch thriller writer. Once again he succeeds in translating the depth of his courtroom knowledge into an entertaining and truly fascinating read.

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Editorial Reviews

Nelson DeMiller
"This is a debut novel but it reads like it was written by a master of the genre."
New York Law Journal
"Compelling."
Chicago Tribune
"To Kill A Mockingbird on steroids..."
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."
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..."
The Washington Post - Dennis Drabelle
…engaging…Sheehan brings the three-way jousting of a criminal trial—defense attorney vs. district attorney vs. judge—to blazing life. The Lawyer's Lawyer is a sobering reminder that, more than we might realize, every trial is not only a showcase of the lawyers' skills, but also a chance for them to work out personal motives.
Publishers Weekly
In the opening of Sheehan’s exciting if clunky third legal thriller (after 2008’s The Law of Second Chances), a series of killings in the city of Oakville, Fla., in 1993 leads to the conviction of Thomas Felton for murder. Eight years later, famed Miami lawyer Jack Tobin, now living in the backwater town of Bass Creek, succeeds in getting Felton’s conviction overturned on a technicality. When Jack winds up on trial on trumped-up murder charges after the killer strikes again (a relative of a victim frames him), Jack turns to respected “lawyer’s lawyer” Tom Wylie to represent him. To complicate matters, Jack rejects Tom’s advice when it comes to his defense, because the evidence Tom wants to use will jeopardize the reputation of policewoman Danni Jansen, Jack’s former lover. Sheehan can write a mean closing statement when the courtroom showdown finally takes place, and the conflicting loyalties of Jack and Danni keep the tension high, but readers should be prepared for some wooden dialogue. (Jan.)
Booklist
As a writer, Sheehan, a former trial lawyer, bears comparison to Scott Turow: his books are noteworthy not just for their intricate plotting but also for their literary finesse.
The Washington Post
"[Sheehan] is especially good whenever he takes us into a courtroom.... Sheehan brings the three-way jousting of a criminal trial...to blazing life."
Bookreporter
[L]eaves the reader wanting more.... a remarkable and ingenious plot.... Sheehan's writing is part John Grisham, part Erle Stanley Gardner.
The Tampa Bay Times
[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.
on THE LAWYER'S LAWYER Booklist
As a writer, Sheehan, a former trial lawyer, bears comparison to Scott Turow: his books are noteworthy not just for their intricate plotting but also for their literary finesse.
Nelson DeMille
"This is a debut novel but it reads like it was written by a master of the genre."
New York Law Journal - New York Legal Journal
"Compelling."
RT Book Reviews
Sheehan's latest novel reads like a hearty, delicious stew. As you dig into each bit of this legal mystery, you come away savoring each part. The plot is well crafted, the characters are authentic, gritty and sympathetic and the story's theme is crystal clear. Combined with Sheehan's efficient storytelling, this story moves the heart.
South Florida Sun Sentinel
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 his affinity for making the intricacies of a police investigation and the resulting trial exciting.
From the Publisher
[L]eaves the reader wanting more.... a remarkable and ingenious plot.... Sheehan's writing is part John Grisham, part Erle Stanley Gardner.—Bookreporter

[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

on The Lawyer's Lawyer Booklist
As a writer, Sheehan, a former trial lawyer, bears comparison to Scott Turow: his books are noteworthy not just for their intricate plotting but also for their literary finesse.
The New York Times
"Sheehan...writes with bleak clarity...but there's a touch of the poet in his voice."
The Oklahoman
"Sheehan has written another thriller with some great courtroom scenes."
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."
Library Journal
Title character Jack Tobin, the protagonist in Sheehan’s two previous novels (The Law of Attractions; The Mayor of Lexington Avenue), is a hotshot corporate lawyer who has retired to a small Florida panhandle fishing village and does pro bono work for an organization working to eliminate the death penalty. However, the case of Thomas Felton, who’s scheduled to be executed in two months, presents Tobin with complicated issues. Felton is widely believed to have been the serial killer who terrorized a nearby college town eight years earlier, murdering seven coeds and the wife of Police Chief Sam Jeffries and threatening the daughter of Det. Danni Jansen. Still, Tobin finds a gaping prosecution error in Felton’s trial for two other murders of which he was convicted. Pursuing justice for Felton presents a moral dilemma for Tobin with drastic and unforeseen consequences.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455547067
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 302,629
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

James Sheehan

JAMES SHEEHAN is the author of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue and The Law of Second Chances. He was a successful trial attorney for 30 years, and currently teaches trial law and is the Director of the Tampa Law Institute at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa, Florida. Learn more at JamesSheehanauthor.com

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

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    Reviewed by Stephen Brayton for Readers' Favorite 1991: Jack To

    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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

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    The Lawyer¿s Lawyer by James Shee­han is a fic­tional story tak­

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

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    I finished this compelling book in one day. I simply could not p

    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.

    Contains profanity.

    Thank you to Sarah Reck at Center Street for my copy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Great Book

    I wish I read his other two book first.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Highly Recommended - A must read!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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

    I first saw this book at $1.99 and when I went to buy it for my NOOK it was $10.99......what gives

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    Awesome

    Loved every minute. Ended up losing sleep to finish the story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Good legal thriller.

    Enjoyed it, although the characters did not have great depth.
    A very good ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Good

    Kept my interest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    A reasonably good legal "thriller."  I'm inclined to r

    A reasonably good legal "thriller."  I'm inclined to read another by the author, and coming from a lawyer, that's pretty high praise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Loved it!!

    An amazing story!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    great legal thriller

    Full of authentic detail &provides lots of food for thought!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    excellent read. would recommend

    enjoyed this book from cover to cover.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    highly recommended

    lots of twist and turns - good til the very end. Very good read

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    I should not have read it right after the other Sheehan book!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    A fairly good read and you can't beat the price~

    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!

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Decent read

    This was a good book, not the very best, but certainly worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Highly recommend

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Great Read. Keeps you involved. Great plots. You'll love it especially if you like lawyer stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Great

    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

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