Old City Hall

Author Robert Rotenberg certainly hit the jackpot with Old City Hall (published by Touchstone). It’s hard to believe that this is his first  mystery novel. He writes like a seasoned pro. Set in Toronto, police arrive at the posh condo of Kevin Brace, Canada’s most famous radio personality, to investigate what looks like a simple case of murder. The book opens with Gurdial Singh, the morning newspaper deliveryman, being confronted with Brace, standing at the front door of his condo with his hands covered in blood. All he says is “I killed her, Mr. Singh. I killed her.” But did he? From that moment on he remains silent, refusing to speak to anyone. Even his own lawyer. With a host of wonderfully written characters, and drawing on his eighteen years as a criminal lawyer, Rotenberg weaves an amazing story, full of twists and turns that manages to keep our attention til the very end. I loved the bits about Toronto, the historic info about the city, the descriptions of city landmarks, and even quirky references to places like Gryfe’s Bagels on Bathurst St. Already on the Top 10 Bestseller list, this is one great book you won’t want to overlook.

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  1. robert rotenberg Said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 5:49 am

    Robert here.

    Thanks so much for the lovely review Linda.

    You can check out my new website – boy I love saying that – http://www.robertrotenberg.com

    Made my morning.

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