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Old City Hall

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Description

Kevin Brace, Canada’s most famous radio personality, stands in the door of his luxury condominium, hands covered in blood, and announces to his newspaper delivery man: “I killed her.” His wife lies dead in the bathtub, fatally stabbed. 

It would appear to be an open-and-shut case.

The trouble is, Brace refuses to talk to anyone – including his own lawyer – after muttering those incriminating words. With the discovery that the victim was actually a self-destructive alcoholic, the appearance of strange fingerprints at the crime scene, and a revealing courtroom cross-examination, the seemingly simple case takes on all the complexities of a hotly contested murder trial. Meantime, much to everyone’s surprise, the Leafs are making in unlikely run for the Stanley cup.

“… a masterful debut novel…In crisp, journalistic style, Rotenberg invests his tense cop procedural-c*m-courtroom drama with the worries, foibles, beliefs, regrets, obsessions and idiosyncrasies of a multi-ethnic cast whose poignant familiarity never descends to caricature. With its unbroken realism and keen sense of atmosphere and place, from frenetic downtown to cookie-cutter burbs to rural Haliburton, Old City Hall adds a new feather to Rotenberg's cap.”  - Winnipeg Free Press

“…the atmospherics, and especially Rotenberg’s affection for the city of Toronto and the involutions of the law, make this a fast-paced, appealing addition to the genre.” – Kirkus

“Breathtaking . . . A tightly woven spiderweb of plot and a rich cast of characters make this a truly gripping read. . . Robert Rotenberg does for Toronto what Ian Rankin does for Edinburgh.” - Jeffery Deaver

“An amazing debut. . . this one has winner written all over it.” – Nelson DeMille

“This is one of those novels where you only need to read the first chapter to be swept away.” – Douglas Preston

“Clever, complex and filled with an engaging cast of characters, Old City Hall captures the vibrancy and soul of Toronto”  - Kathy Reichs

"Robert Rotenberg knows his Toronto courts and jails, he knows his law, and he knows his way around a legal thriller.  Old City Hall is a splendid entertainment." - Andrew Pyper, author of The Killing Circle

“Old City Hall is a wonderfully written and intriguing murder mystery. “ -Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C.

'Apart from evoking the seasonal rhythms of life in the city, the novel offers a convincing portrayal of backstage operations in the justice system, from details about prison hygiene to the catering in the police cafeteria ... Old City Hall is an enjoyable addition to the literature of urban crime.” - Times Literary Supplement

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 19, 2009 – What appears to be an open-and-shut murder case turns out to be anything but in Rotenberg's overstuffed debut, a legal thriller. After celebrated radio host Kevin Brace (aka the Voice of Canada ) confesses to killing his wife, Katherine, in their Toronto apartment, he refuses to utter another word, even to his attorney, Nancy Parish. The police, including homicide detective Ari Greene and ex-lawyer-turned-cop Daniel Kennicott, try to piece together a motive, while rookie prosecutor Albert Fernandez gears up for his first murder trial. As Greene and Kennicott dig deeper into Brace's life, they discover links not only to an ex-wife and son but also to Katherine's own checkered past. Rotenberg, a criminal lawyer, is at his best evoking the courtroom duel between Fernandez and Parish, but too many underdeveloped characters and unnecessary subplots may leave some readers feeling the eventual trial wasn't worth the wait.

Customer Reviews

A new fan

I've now purchased the entire series and if you're a murder mystery type, this is for you. If you're Canadian, even better because there are references you'd never find in a Grisham novel for example. Same genre as Grisham, but, in my opinion, better. Real page turners and I have huge book-crush on Det. Ari Greene!

Old City Hall
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  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Dec 08, 2009
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
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