"But in the end it’s not the motive and details, nor the loving portrayal of Rotenberg’s hometown, that turns Guilty Plea into a compulsive page-turner… No, it’s the author’s defence counsel sensibility that powers his novels, his insistence that every story is intensely personal (and almost never completely revealed), the way in which his humanizing of seemingly obvious killers raises doubts in the reader at the same pace as it does for the jury.”
"Rotenberg’s second book offers a crisper narrative and faster pace. His characters’ actions and thinking are more vividly described. He has learned to master the interesting interweaving of characters’ professional and personal lives into a fascinating story-line.”
-The Toronto Sun
"Another important definition of a good book is plot and again Mr. Rotenberg hits the right notes. The story line took me from one to clue to the next until the end where I still hadn’t guessed the culprit (I kept wondering is the main suspect really innocent after all?). The plot was intricate and with a few red herrings thrown in, it kept me speculating until the surprise finale."
"Rotenberg juggles the many plot elements with aplomb, unveiling each new surprise with care and patience.”
-Quill & Quire
"As in Old City Hall, Rotenberg’s gift for twists and turns is always astonishing, but his true star remains the courtroom: the tension, disclosures, and machinations that drive this trial straight to its unpredictable verdict"
“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
"Loved it! Rotenberg's Old City Hall is a terrific look at contemporary Toronto."
- Ian Rankin - Author of the Rebus 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
Bestselling author Robert Rotenberg is back with his next razor-sharp legal thriller.
Rotenberg’s insider knowledge of the behind-the-scenes courtroom machinations and his mesmerizing trial scenes make this another scorching page-turner.
On the morning that his headline-grabbing divorce trial is set to begin, Terrance Wyler, youngest son of the Wyler Food dynasty, is found stabbed to death in the kitchen of his million-dollar home. Detective Ari Greene arrives minutes before the press and finds Wyler’s four-year-old son asleep upstairs. When Wyler’s ex-wife, a strange beauty named Samantha, shows up at her lawyer’s office with a bloody knife, it looks as if the case is over.
But Greene soon discovers the Wyler family has secrets they’d like to keep hidden, and they’re not the only ones. If there’s one thing Greene knows, it’s that the truth is never simple.