The Guilty Plea

The Guilty Plea

[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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Bestselling author Robert Rotenberg is back with his next razor-sharp legal thriller. Rotenberg's insider knowledge of the behind-the-scenes courtroom machinations and his mesmerizing trial scenes make this another scorching page-turner.

On the morning that his headline-grabbing divorce trial is set to begin, Terrance Wyler, youngest son of the Wyler Food dynasty, is found stabbed to death in the kitchen of his million-dollar home. Detective Ari Greene arrives minutes before the press and finds Wyler's four-year-old son asleep upstairs. When Wyler's ex-wife, a strange beauty named Samantha, shows up at her lawyer's office with a bloody knife, it looks as if the case is over.

But Greene soon discovers the Wyler family has secrets they'd like to keep hidden, and they're not the only ones. If there's one thing Greene knows, it's that the truth is never simple.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416592891
Branch Call Number: ROTE
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 24 cm

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maipenrai
Oct 25, 2016

sequel to the international bestseller Old City Hall.

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davido595
Dec 05, 2013

Terrific story set in Toronto. While it struggles a bit to get going, I literally could not put it down once I got going.

Have to find his first book and look out for future stories.

A real treat

ehbooklover Sep 30, 2013

The sequel to “Old City Hall”. Once again, Rotenberg excels in creating an interesting and authentic cast of characters. On top of that, he weaves a page-turner of a story set in a wonderfully familiar city. An added bonus: I really enjoyed learning about the differences between American and Canadian law. Can’t wait to read the next in the series!

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nhoj
Sep 25, 2012

The 2nd book by a Cdn. lawyer based in Toronto. A woman pleads guilty to murdering her husband but does an about facebefore the actual trial begins. A competent and enjoyable story, leisurely pacedwith good courtroom scenes. Police inspector Greene is featured in both novels.

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SportyReader
Jul 25, 2012

Rotenberg should have started writing and publishing 10 years ago so that we've have had at least 7/8 books of his to read.

The Guilty Plea has the same dna as the first book but the story thankfully veers off the beaten track and manages to remain fresh, The Toronto area references are great, makes the reading more interesting and so much more refreshing than taking place in NY or LA for the umpteenth time. Just falls short of the first book, mainly due to the disappointing ending and the explanation which was silly.

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bcdjennifer
Apr 11, 2012

I read this as part of the One Book One County in Orangeville and we're covering this book in our book club 'Book Club Divas'. I did not read the first book, but did enjoy this read. I found it was a 'Law and Order' type of story. The characters were a bit hard to follow in the beginning but once I got them down it was a good read.

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

Following on the success of his debut Old City Hall, Toronto criminal lawyer and novelist Robert Rotenberg uses his inside knowledge to bring us a Toronto legal scene as exciting as anything on Law and Order. On the eve of his tabloid-fodder divorce trial, grocery heir Terry Wyler is found brutally murdered in his kitchen -- his estranged wife Samantha is found in possession of the murder weapon and makes no attempt to provide an alibi. But if it’s an open-and-shut case, why is she still hiding something? Is she really guilty, or protecting someone else? Detective Ari Greene tries to untangle the complex secrets of the Wyler clan, while treading carefully through the backroom deals and plea bargaining tactics of high-powered Toronto lawyers, whose personal relationships might just make all the difference to whether a case is won or lost.

AGLibrary Oct 15, 2011

Not as good as the first one but ok

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bava2460
Aug 07, 2011

Great read! This second offering of Rotenberg shows the development of this new craft of his - he is a practicing Toronto lawyer, who writes about a murder case in Toronto - his knowledge gives this fiction depth because he clearly lives what he puts in his writing. If you did not read his first book, OLD CITY HALL I would suggest that you do before reading this one. He uses the same key characters in the second and you appreciate the character development and their nuances if you have that background knowledge. He seems to take an inordinately long time to write his books but I am already waiting for his third piece. A good new author to add to your list if you like courtroom drama.

(Staff) Elaine Bird Jul 28, 2011

A great read. I really enjoyed this second book. Can't wait for the next one.

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