Old City Hall by Robert RotenbergOld City Hall by Robert Rotenberg

Old City Hall

byRobert Rotenberg

Paperback | March 6, 2012

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The murder of a Toronto radio host’s wife engulfs the lives of cops, lawyers, and a journalist in this sprawling legal thriller.

Nominated for the UK Crime Writers Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award

Finalist for the Elle magazine (France) Best Crime Novel of the Year

Nominated for the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award 2010


Kevin Brace, Canada’s most famous radio personality, stands in the doorway 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.

In the tradition of defence lawyers turned authors like Scott Turow and John Grisham, Robert Rotenberg delivers a legal thriller rich with his forensic skill and insider knowledge, taking readers on a tour of Toronto from the Don Jail to the towers of Bay Street and into the shadowy corridors of the Old City Hall courthouse.
Robert Rotenberg is one of Toronto’s top criminal lawyers. He lives in Toronto with his wife, television news producer Vaune Davis, and their three children.
Title:Old City HallFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:March 6, 2012Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451673493

ISBN - 13:9781451673494

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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
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Editorial Reviews

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