Set in Canada for a change which is nice. This is a page turner once the characters are developed. Plot involves the shooting death of a young boy. I enjoyed trying to figure out whodunit and whether justice would be served.
Love the Ari Greene series. Glad I was introduced to Rotenberg's writings.
Okay so far but I've gotten away from the book for a while now due to other priorities and distractions.
I finally finished this book and it was good; an account of people dealing with the aftermath of a tragic shooting of a child through the Canadian justice system.
Great characters, fantastic descriptions of Toronto, and a sadly realistic plot made for yet another compelling courtroom drama in the Ari Greene series.
Better than his second book and as good as his first one.
The story has many conficts and courtroom scenes to hold the reader's interest all the way to the unexpected ending. The theme is current with the recent shootings in public areas. The setting will be of interest to Torontonians as they recognize the landmarks and a bit of history in the Toronto area. The author also integrates the mulicultural and multiracial composition of Toronto.
This is the third book in the legal mystery series based in Toronto. The first was Old City Hall, followed by The Guilty Plea. We have Detective Ari Greene and Officer Kennicott back, and they both get a good share of the action both on the case and in their personal life. Another character we see back is criminal lawyer Nancy Parish.
As the book begins, Nancy is about to leave for a long-awaited vacation in Mexico. But downtown, at a Tim Hortons, a tragic situation unfolds. The jealous ex-boyfriend of one of the employees is just out of jail and she is worried he will show up, confiding in a co-worker. As she leaves at the end of her shift, her fears are realized and her ex and his friend appear as her new boyfriend arrives to pick her up. Shots are fired and a small boy is hit in the head. Security cameras pick up some of what has happened, but not the defining actions.
As the police arrive and try to make sense of things, those involved run. It is one of those, the ex-boyfriend's friend Larkin St. Clair that is Nancy's long-time client. And his picture is now on the front page of the paper. As Nancy fights to defend Larkin, and the police try to figure out what really happened at the coffee shop, the new Crown Attorney takes on his first murder case.
Giving us real insights into the legal and police worlds, Rotenberg has also taken on what seems to be a more common criminal situation today, the involvement of the innocent bystander. With the recent Eaton Centre shooting and College Street shooting, we see how more and more often criminals choose busy public places when carrying out their deadly intentions.
The writing is great, Rotenberg seems to get better and better with each book. I know he is a hot author at my library and this new release will only raise his profile further.
Rotenberg gets better with every book - and with this one he says he now will be writing one every year. Excellent!
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