"It's clear that Old City Hall has enough hidden motives and gumshoeing to make it a hard-boiled classic."
-The Globe and Mail
"Twenty-first-century Toronto is a complicated place, rife with the kind of paradox and contradiction that lends a city depth and complexity. It's a good setting for sinuous legal machinations to unfold, steeped in that elusively desirable literary quality we call character."
-The Toronto Star
"The book has wowed pretty much everyone who's read it.... A finely paced, intricately written plot is matched by a kaleidoscope of the multicultural city's locales and characters."
"Rotenberg makes Toronto less a backdrop than a character in the drama…. 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."
"What is most evident in Old City Hall is the breathing room Rotenberg gives his story. The twists and turns unfold briskly, but the author allows sufficient time to develop his cast of characters in three dimensions, rather than simply giving them a series of quirks. The generosity also augers well for future novels – with the burden of proof solely on Rotenberg to turn his initial promise into a lasting second career as a crime writer."
-Quill & Quire
"Robert Rotenberg juggles a large cast and spins his twisty yarn efficiently…"
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
DID CANADA’S FAVOURITE RADIO HOST COMMIT MURDER?
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.
“The best courtroom drama, bar none, since Anatomy of a Murder.”
-Douglas Preston, co-author of the Pendergast Series
“Not since ‘Anatomy of a Murder’ has a novel so vividly captured the real life of criminal lawyers in the midst of a high-stakes trial. This is a book that every lawyer, law student, and law professor should, no must, read.
-Edward L. Greenspan. Q.C.
"A few lawyers are really expert in managing cases - especially criminal cases - in the courtroom. A small percentage of these are very good at making trials come alive. Robert Rotenberg is one of the few, along with Scott Turow, David Baldacci, John Lescroat. His 'Guilty Plea' is a crackling good read, Plan to keep turning pages late into the night!"
-F. Lee Bailey
"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 - Author of the Lincoln Rhyme Series
"An amazing debut novel. Robert Rotenberg's Old City Hall has everything a legal thriller should have, and more: absolutely engaging characters; a tight, taut, and believable plot; a heart-quickening pace; and, best of all, some of the finest writing I've read in years. This one has winner written all over it."
- Nelson DeMille - Author of The Panther
"Clever, complex, and filled with an engaging cast of characters, Old City Hall captures the vibrancy and soul of Toronto." --
- Kathy Reichs - Author of the Bones Series
"The Guilty Plea is gritty and engaging. It had me hooked from the moment I started it, and wouldn't let go. Wonderful stuff!"
- S.J. Watson - Author of Before I Go to Sleep
"Loved it! Rotenberg's Old City Hall is a terrific look at contemporary Toronto."
- Ian Rankin - Author of the Rebus Series