The Alligator Man

The Alligator Man

by James Sheehan
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The Alligator Man by James Sheehan

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.

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)

About the Author

James Sheehan is the author of The Lawyer's Lawyer, 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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The Alligator Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Alfie_65 More than 1 year ago
The title was a mystery in itself. Great story with all the great characters needed to make it a great story. The ending had just the right amount of surprise. A Must Read!
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 This is the first book I've read by James Sheehan. Sheehan writes a legal series with lawyer Jack Tobin as the recurring character, but his latest book, The Alligator Man is a stand alone and introduces us to a new character - lawyer Kevin Wylie. Kevin's life is about to be turned upside down - his shady boss has decided that now is the time to get ride of Kevin, he gets word that the father he hasn't seen in twenty eight years is dying and his girlfriend isn't happy with Kevin at all. What's a lawyer to do? Well, Kevin decides to see his father one last time and get answers before it's too late. He reconnects with some barely remembered pieces and people from his past. One of them is family friend Billy, who has just been arrested for the murder of Roy Johnson, a corporate criminal who ruined the lives of thousands of his employees when he bankrupted the company. And yes, Billy was one of them. With nothing waiting for him back in Miami, Kevin teams up with his lawyer father on their first - and what will probably be their last case. Sheehan has two story lines running parallel in The Alligator Man. The race to prove Billy's innocence is full of pitfalls, false leads and possible outcomes. Sheehan does a capable job of providing a solid legal thriller accentuated with realistic courtroom drama. Sheehan makes his home in Florida and his living from the law. This adds immensely to both setting and locale descriptions as well as the legal aspects of the case. The other storyline is one of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption and a healthy dose of romance as well. Sheehan deftly explores broken relationships - specifically fathers. There is another player in the story who has also lost his father. While I appreciated this plot line, I also felt that the situations were somewhat clichéd and wooden. I never truly became invested in Kevin's emotions - they remained as words on the page. Readers will always be sure of who is on the 'right' side and who is 'wrong' as the lines and characters are clearly drawn and delineated. Some of the supporting characters were overly 'folksy' for my taste - Rosie the diner owner was grating on my nerves by the end. But, that being said, I encourage legal fiction fans to seek out James Sheehan. He spins a good, solid legal thriller.
VicG More than 1 year ago
James Sheehan in his new book, “The Alligator Man” published by Center Street gives us a legal thriller with Kevin Wylie. From the back cover: 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 twenty-eight 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. James Sheehan is a trial attorney and when a trial attorney writes a book about a trial well you know that book is just going to be great. Let me assure you Mr. Sheehan is a gifted author who really knows how to set the pace and provide the information in a rapid fire succession without giving anything away until the proper time. Kevin wants to set up his own legal practice. He is called home because his father, also an attorney, is very ill. Now father and son team up to defend the man accused of murder. Mr. Sheehan has given us a very exciting story. This is a book that will capture your attention and keep it as you keep flipping pages as fast as you can read to keep up with the story. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Center Street for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A well known businessman is murdered, but there is more than one person who would want him dead, so who did it?  Told in short chapters from many points of view, this book had me caught up in the story from page one til the very end.  There was family drama, business drama and just drama drama!   My first read by James Sheehan and the way this book unfolded was perfect.  The way each piece of the puzzle was provided through each of the character's stories made for a great who dun it.  This story was building and building and there was no way to put it down!