Blind Man's Alley

Blind Man's Alley

by Justin Peacock
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Blind Man's Alley by Justin Peacock

Duncan Riley, a rising legal star, is defending his firm’s major client, Roth Properties, after a fatal accident on a downtown construction site. Meanwhile, he represents a helpless young man accused of a murder in a housing development being built by . . . Roth Properties. Caught in a web of power, money, and influence, Duncan must balance the interests of his firm, the demands of his wealthy client, and the weight of his own conscience. All is not as it seems, however, and blackmail and homicide may just be two more hardball tactics in the cutthroat world of New York real estate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767932455
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Justin Peacock received an MFA from Columbia University and a law degree from Yale. His legal expe­rience ranges from death-penalty defense to First Amendment cases to big firm litigation. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Blind Man's Alley 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Blind Man's Alley definitely is off to a slow start. Half way through I was ready to give up, bu then read the reviews here that the book picks up in the second half. And it does, turning into a reasonably decent tale. But I think the author could have cut 100 pages without harming his story, as he takes some very circuitous routes to get to the point. There is some overkill at the end that seemed to be beating the reader up a little. All in all, I can't recommend this book to anyone who has a shortage of time.
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TicTocLW More than 1 year ago
Duncan Riley has worked his way to the top of his profession and is at that place in his career as an attorney to be accepted as a partner. He has been groomed for the part by his mentor and brought in on many of the top concerns involving the very top clients of the firm, including Roth properties. They are working on a libel suit involving a story in the newspaper and Duncan is deposing the witness's, including the journalist as well as members of Roth properties. A section of one of Roth's holdings collapsed during construction, killing three of the workers. The Article suggested possible Mob involvement and kickbacks. The Journalist Candace Snow is a fierce competitor and does not give at all under the questioning. It in fact seems to make her even more determined that some hidden agenda is happening. At the same time, Blake and Wolcott, the firm he works for has lost some of its shine as a Top firm and has Duncan also working the pro bono case of a family being evicted from one of the tenements that is now being upgraded and owned by Roth Properties. Duncan has some concern that this could create a conflict of interest but is assured both by his mentor Steven Blake as well as Simon Roth's daughter Leah that there is no conflict. Duncan works the Roth case by rote, researching information, filing information, putting together memos, and all the staid but important work that fills the company coffers through billable hours. He finds his mind occasionally straying to his other case involving a teenage boy Rafael and his grandmother. Rafael has been accused of smoking Pot and agreed to a plea bargain that was going to keep him out of jail and with his grandma. He denied quite vehemently that he ever had anything to do with drugs, but his court appointed attorney did not really care. With accepting the plea deal however he and his grandma are being evicted. Duncan has just won a stay on the eviction when one of the security guards for the building is murdered and a witness places Rafael as the murderer. Duncan is convinced that something is wrong and is planning to fight the case for Rafael. His firm slowly begins backing out and trying to pull the plug on the case, putting Duncan in a bad place, as he has promised to help Rafael and his Grandma. He is able to get the the testimony about gunshot residue being present on Rafael's hands thrown out of court based on expert testimony. He then is immediately encouraged to accept a plea bargain because all of a sudden Steven Blake has concerns about a conflict of interest. More people begin ending up dead and Duncan begins to wonder if his enemies are his friends and his friends and colleagues are actually his enemies. His world suddenly turns topsy turvey as he turns to Candace Snow as an ally. His job is no longer secure and the world as he knows it is no longer as absolute as he has always believed. This work brings to light the high stakes played out in the world of money and greed. Duncan and Candace become the hunted in this cat and mouse game of truth and justice. Who will win and who will escape with their life. I found this book very slow at the beginning. I had to wade through lots of legalese which buried the beginning of the story and kept the book slow. About midway after establishing the ground rules the book really took off and became more interesting. I had a tough time and had to force myself in the beginning to keep on reading. I am glad I did as it was a good bo
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Duncan Riley is working is working his way at the ladder of his law firm; almost ready to become a partner and he is assigned to deal with a construction site disaster which property is owned by Roth Properties. He is also assigned a pro bono case of eviction that also involves the infamous Roth Properties. Do you see something happening here? If you enjoy legal thrillers this is one that you may enjoy. It starts off slow and then picks up momentum as the story unravels. I found it to be interesting once the conflict is in place.