Old City Hall by Robert Rotenberg

Old City Hall

byRobert Rotenberg

Kobo ebook | December 8, 2009

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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-cum-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

Title:Old City HallFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 8, 2009Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1439190488

ISBN - 13:9781439190487

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! Very good book - I enjoyed the writing style and the story. Interesting characters, red herrings and solid mystery. I will be looking for more by this Canadian author!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engrossing Rotenberg weaves a tangled web of mystery that keeps you guessing right up until the end. Great reading for anyone from Toronto.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old City Hall Excellent Book. And it is Canadian!! Hard to put down. Keeps your interest right to the end with a twist. Enjoyed all 3 of his books. Would totally recommend all of his books and have.
Date published: 2014-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go Jays! A long-time fan of the Blue Jays, it was delightful to read once again of their victory in Rotenberg's Old City Hall. He weaves a very interesting and suspenseful story set within the mystique of Toronto. The book so captivated me that I couldn't stop reading. Every character has such a well-written personality that almost all of them have become friends. I can't wait to read Rotenberg's next book!
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping read! Interesting characters, lots of twists and turns and, best of all, interesting small details that eventually find their way into the story.
Date published: 2013-12-28
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Date published: 2013-08-05