Old City Hall

Rotenberg, Robert

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Old City Hall
It should have been an open and shut case. Canada's leading radio talk show host came to the door of his luxury condominium, his hands bloody, and said to the newspaper deliveryman, "I killed her." Yet, the discovery that the victim was a self-destructive alcoholic, the presence of strange fingerprints at the crime scene, and the refusal of the accused to say anything--even to his attorney--lead to a hotly contested murder trial.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0374225427
Branch Call Number: FICTION ROTENBERG 2009
Characteristics: 372 p. ;,24 cm


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Aug 21, 2013
  • Daphne57 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Such a talented writer and legal beagle; I enjoyed the location of this tale in Toronto.

Jul 22, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great legal mystery loaded with twists and turns that is told from the point of view of numerous characters. The story takes place in Toronto and the author describes the city’s culture and architecture so well that the city quickly becomes a living, breathing character within the story. I definitely plan to read more of Rotenberg’s books.

Aug 15, 2012
  • toby65 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Disappointing. Started out well but the writing deteriorated badly.
Forced myself to finish this but not sure why!

Jul 25, 2012
  • SportyReader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good first book featuring a story set in Toronto. This fact alone makes me assign one of the stars to the rating.

The story is interesting, and Rotenberg distinguishes the differences between Canadian and America court room etiquette. The Canadian way seems less theatrical, more polite.

Some nitpicks- I didn't like that Rotenberg had to detail out some places, as if he was dictating to a slow child. One example is when he talks about Yorkdale Mall, Instead of just saying Yorkdale mall and one adjective to describe it he goes off detailing where it is and what it is...Who cares? It's just a mall not a wonder of the world.

The characters are okay, nothing amazing or interesting...But the story makes up for it.

May 22, 2012
  • Rosina rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. I have been to Toronto and it mentioned some of my favourite places. Good writing and a great story.

Dec 26, 2011

murder takes place in toronto

Dec 01, 2011
  • writer13 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was mostly disappointed with this book. The writing was formulaic and lacking in any real suspense. It was a struggle to finish reading this as at no time did the story or the characters compel me to want to finish it. The last 100 pages did get better than the first 200 or so but, all-in-all if you like legal thrillers there are better choices out there.

Nov 20, 2011
  • sofstress rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Nicely developed characters, pretty suspenseful. If you like a good mystery this book is for you.

Sep 29, 2011

First book by a Toronto lawyer set in TO featuring a Detective Greene. This story is about a man who greets the paper delivery man at the door with bloody hands saying I just killed my wife then refuses to talk to anybody even his lawyer.

Aug 12, 2011
  • lbie rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I'm disappointed... can't even finish reading it. The first 5 pages were compelling. But when more and more characters got involved, to me, Robert put too much words on characters' backgrounds, but solving the murder, too much details on supporting characters, like what they feel, what they wear, come on, does it have anything to do with the murder??!!! I skipped to the end, what I can say is that the mystery isn't mystical. It'll be a gernal fiction to me, definitely not a crime/detective mystery.

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Aug 03, 2011
  • bava2460 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you love detective novels and yearn for a local connection, you have to read this book! Rotenberg is a practicing Toronto lawyer, and this is the first book he has penned. It is set in Toronto, is a lighter read than Lescroart but has so many twists and turns it is not easily predictable. He manages to include all kinds of historic references within his piece that are interesting to someone who has been to Toronto. His second offering, The Guilty Plea is at the library now, and I can't wait to see how his writing has evolved. Try this one out, it's a hidden gem!


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