The Guilty Plea

The Guilty Plea (published by Simon & Schuster) is Robert Rotenberg’s second novel, and it is every bit as good as his first, Old City Hall – but it’s different. I found it way more serious with less silent giggles. Detective Ari Greene is back from book #1. I like when characters from one book show up in the next. Millionaire Terrance Wyler of the Wyler Food dynasty, is found stabbed to death in his mansion in Toronto on the day that his much publicized divorce from his wife Samantha is due to start. So, of course she’s a suspect. Then she’s the only suspect, because she shows up at her lawyer’s office with a bloody knife. Rotenberg is a real life criminal lawyer. The detail that he puts into his story, about the whole procedure from suspect to sentencing, is amazing, and this sometimes brought me up short when I realized just how the law functions. I kept reading parts aloud to anyone who would listen. It’s a real eye-opener. Most of the book involves the trial, which is complicated by secrets… if you dig deep enough, everyone has a secret, right. So, is Samantha guilty or not? One thing I liked about the book is that the chapters were usually only a few pages long, every one focusing on a different aspect of the story. This really kept the book moving at a fast pace – I like that in mysteries or thrillers. I find it increases the tension and you really can’t stop reading. I couldn’t, and you won’t. Check it out.

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