Heart of the City by Robert Rotenberg

Heart of the City

byRobert Rotenberg

Kobo ebook | August 1, 2017

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In the latest thrilling crime novel from bestselling author Robert Rotenberg, Homicide Detective Ari Greene discovers the bludgeoned body of Toronto’s most reviled developer behind his controversial new construction site.

When Detective Ari Greene was charged with the murder of the woman he loved, he stopped at nothing to clear his name and uncover the real killer. After his acquittal, Greene fled to London to get away from it all, but now he’s back. And he’s not alone—with Greene is his twenty-year-old daughter, Alison. The child he never knew he had.

Determined to leave his life as a cop behind him, Greene gets a job on a construction site for one of Toronto’s many new condos. It seems he has finally found peace as he settles into a new career and new role as father, helping Alison adjust to life in Canada.

But when Greene stumbles upon the corpse of hated developer Livingston Fox, he is plunged back into the life he tried so hard to leave behind. As the body count rises, Greene is forced into a reluctant reconciliation with his former protégé, Daniel Kennicott. The pair must delve into the tight-knit world of downtown development, navigating tangled loyalties, unexpected corruption and family secrets, some of which are closer to home than Greene could have ever imagined.

In a world where the stakes are high and the profits are even higher, Greene and Kennicott race against the clock as they follow the trail of blood and money to its shocking end.

Title:Heart of the CityFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It takes along time to finish
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Heart of the City is the fifth book in a mystery series by Robert Rotenberg, which follows the life of former Toronto homicide detective Ari Greene. Having not read any others in the series, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but that didn’t detract at all from the fact that I could not put this one down. The mystery is set in Toronto’s downtown core and centers on the fact that Toronto is becoming condo central and quite unaffordable for many residents. Near the beginning we learn that Greene is now working on a construction site for a controversial new condo in Kensington Market, a project led by real estate hot shot Livingston Fox. When Greene finds Fox’s body on the site, the detective in him begins to piece together what happened. We learn that Fox had made many enemies and we left wondering which of them it might have been; the ending sure came as a surprise to me! Despite this being the fifth in a series with already developed characters; I found it very easy to pick up on their backgrounds and personalities. The plot was certainly fast-paced, well thought out and easy to follow. Plus, as a Toronto resident, the setting put things easily into perspective and made the whole story that much easier to visualize. From the first few pages learning about Greene, through to the final chapter and solving the mystery, this book was engrossing and kept me guessing. It was a fun read and I can’t wait to check out others in the series.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book by Robert Rotenberg Once again, Robert Rotenberg sucked me in to the story so I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fifth in a series 3.5 Heart of the City is the fifth entry in Robert Rotenberg's Homicide Detective Ari Greene series. Greene is no longer a detective, having left the force after the events of the last book. Personally, he's learning how to be a father to Alison, the daughter he never knew he had. Professionally he's taken a job as a construction worker. But death still seems to find Greene. Controversial developer Livingstone Fox is found dead on his much contested latest project. And it just happens to be the site Ari is working on - and he finds the body. Old instincts die hard and Greene finds himself drawn into the case - just not as a Homicide Detective this time. And what he doesn't yet know is that his personal life is going to play a big part in this case. I've always enjoyed Ari Greene as a lead character. He's smart, intuitive, dogged - and human. He makes mistakes, but it only has made him more realistic. His personal storyline is just as engaging as the main plots. I've always enjoyed his father's scenes. I imagine that Alison will be found in future books, but I'm still not sure how I feel about her. We'll see how she develops from here. Greens' former protege Daniel Kennicott has moved up in the department with Greene's leaving. This makes for a very different dynamic this time 'round. I am torn on Kennicott - I'm not as firmly in his camp - he makes quicker decisions and acts too rashly at times. But, on the other hand, this works well for plotting. Rotenberg has taken inspiration for this latest novel from current news. The development in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) is seemingly never ending and always controversial. Fox's developments are pretty much the truth. What I do like - and without revealing anything pertinent - is the proposed alteration to that growth. I just love the Canadian setting - the descriptions of streets, stores and neighbourhoods that I recognize and have visited. It really brings the novel to life. Rotenberg himself is a criminal lawyer in Toronto and has based his series in the same city. As for the whodunit, there are many available suspects and Rotenberg keeps us guessing until the end. I'm not sure I completely bought the final resolution (the killer's motivation was a bit of a stretch for me) but I really enjoyed the journey there. I'll be looking for the next entry in this series.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was worth the wait Ari, Kennicot, Darvash are back. A year and a half after he was acquitted of his lover's murder (see Stranglehold) Ari Greene has found a daughter he never knew he had, in London England. Alison and Ari Greene have now returned to Toronto and Ari has taken a construction job on one of the multiple condo developments that rise in the downtown of the city, but murder seems to follow him. In the detailed and well researched way of all of his books, Rotenberg has created another delightful murder mystery. I like that the action is centered on the Kensington Market neighbourhood of Toronto. I enjoyed the way that Rotenberg is able to evoke the unique climate of Toronto and make the reader either sweat or shiver along with the characters as they move around the city. Thematically, the novel is a meditation on family,the ties that bind people together and what can happen when those ties become twisted. I read this book in two sittings. Robert Rotenberg has created a thoughtful, poignant and, tightly plotted mystery
Date published: 2017-07-31