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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (508 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Rotenberg Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Detective Ari Greene Series Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781440760358
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A noted criminal defense attorney, Robert Rotenberg delivers a courtroom drama that successfully evokes the multicultural city of Toronto even as it keeps readers on the edges of their seats. In the tale, the “Voice of Canada” radio host confesses to murder—but the case is far from closed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Rotenberg also fires sly and funny barbs at political correctness and bureaucratic inanity. Booklist, starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/19/2014

    " Sensational debut novel with a great Canadian flavour. Rotenberg even knows his hockey! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/31/2014

    " Loved the setting (Toronto). Loved the characters and I hope there is series in the offing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James dubro | 1/27/2014

    " fine thriller about Toronto with some great history tossed in--greatest fiction is Maple Leafs winning stanley Cup, lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 1/22/2014

    " A real page turner. Many surprises along the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aj | 1/21/2014

    " It's a celebration of Toronto as much as it is a mystery. Definitely created some nostalgia for me (having lived there most my life and recently moved across country). And the courtroom tactics are accurate, if dramatized. The characters are fun, though a bit two-dimensional. And there are some real implausibilities in the plot. But the plot, assuming you're willing to roll with it, trips along very nicely. I'm not a fan of the genre in particular, but it was a fun read overall. Probably the perfect book for a long plane ride or the cottage, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 judy | 1/19/2014

    " An extremely intelligent legal/procedural by a Toronto lawyer turned mystery novelist. When was the last time you found a cast of smart prosecution and defense lawyers and police who would rather get it right than win? There are a few minor baddies but their role is so small, they're just a blip. What fun to have characters who distrust easy, seemingly obvious answers and keep on digging just to make sure they have it right. I do hope he can equal or surpass this on his next time out. If he keeps it up, he could be major. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/17/2014

    " I liked this legal thriller - a genre I'm usually not interested in. The writer has a warm and engaging style and I found the characters very appealing.I hope to read about them again - the book has the feeling of being first in a series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 1/15/2014

    " I read somewhere "In the tradition of defense lawyers-turned-authors such as Scott Turow and John Grisham". Turow and Grisham do it better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick Vassiliou | 1/8/2014

    " Old City Hall is layered with rich, complicated characters; its plot, unfortunately, lacked any serious momentum and therefore was devoid of any real tension. The conclusion was well crafted, but ultimately had no punch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Artoza | 11/7/2013

    " so amazing! the best mystery novel i ever read! i recommend this to all mystery book fanatic. :))) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Bryan | 11/3/2013

    " Very good detective, legal book taking place in Toronto. The characters were competent and likeable and the story moved right along. His first novel so i will look out for more books by him in future. bought for Dad for Father's day, think it is right up his alley, but who really knows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elka | 6/26/2013

    " I enjoyed it and loved reading about Toronto and Gryfes in particular. Brought back many memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille Labchuk | 5/30/2013

    " A fun read for any criminal lawyer, and double fun for those of us practicing in Toronto. Rotenberg captures perfectly the day-to-day criminal law, including some of the humorous and idiosyncratic aspects of courts, judges, Crown attorneys, and defence counsel. It's a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SueDella | 5/11/2013

    " A certain change of pace for me, I don't usually pick up murder mysteries. It got a little tiring at the end, but overall, it was a good, quick, entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Mc | 5/10/2013

    " Absolutely love this book. The accuracy of Toronto's geography was impressive. I probably buy the next book in the series as my next ebook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara DaCosta | 3/8/2013

    " Nice writing and plot---complex without being overwrought or forced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/10/2013

    " Very intricate, with all the action spinning around this single event, and a killer (no pun intended), fast-paced ending. Good mystery, great characters and definite potential for a series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breana | 10/30/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The pace was quick & the plot had twists. I loved that nothing was quite what it seemed. The ending was a bit rushed, but perhaps that's because I wasn't ready for it to end. Rotenberg's The Guilty Plea is absolutely on my to-read shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Ostrom | 9/16/2011

    " I loved this book. Since I am a Torontonian I felt that it walked the walk and talked the talk that I understand. It was truly a pleasure to read and looking forward to the next book in the series; The Guilty Plea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray O'Brien | 7/22/2011

    " Excellent read. The city of Toronto was like another character and it felt good. I like the real characters too and look forward to the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 4/22/2011

    " "Old City Hall" is an involved city judicial system and who-dunnit novel. Some of the side plots are not up to snuff, but on the whole it is a very intelligent story with a quite normal and likable protagonist, interesting minor characters and a good mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mspianobug | 3/25/2011

    " I loved this book. Since I am a Torontonian I felt that it walked the walk and talked the talk that I understand. It was truly a pleasure to read and looking forward to the next book in the series; The Guilty Plea. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Rotenberg

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.

About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audiobooks spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations.