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The Good Lawyer

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INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY. A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the father who abandoned him and worthy of the devoted mother who raised him beyond the siren call of the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer, and he his peacock proud ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published March 14th 2012 by Landview Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kimberly Hicks
Jun 05, 2012 Kimberly Hicks rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I wanted to love this book, but unfortunately it rubbed me the wrong way. For starters, the book was a bit slow for my tastes, as far as legal thrillers go. It heated up near the end, and that turned me off because I knew what was going to happen--there really wasn't any element of surprise. I figured the book out in the first few chapters.

One of the biggest problems I had with this book was the description of certain ethnic people--African-Americans for one. I've read many books about slavery
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J.W. Stephens
I loved this book! Once I got started with it, I found by chapter two that I could not put it down. I finally stopped reading at 80% (on Kindle) at 2am! There's a little bit of the old Grisham with his spirited legal thrillers and that's a good thing. The story is loosely based on a true event apparently and it makes you wonder what sort of hell on earth NYC was in the late 1970's & 1980's. I was utterly fascinated by the characters of Uncle Rocco and Sallie throughout the entire book. The a ...more
Dolores Ayotte
Short and to the point....I loved this book! When I write a review, I usually compare an author's latest work to his/her previous books. However, I am unable to do so in this particular instance because "The Good Lawyer" is the first book I've read by Thomas Benigno. Three of my favorite authors in this genre are John Grisham, Ken Follett, and Robert Ludlum. By the way this booked grabbed me right at the onset, I would have to say that Thomas Benigno fits right in there with the best of them. I ...more
Joan Adamak
Move over John Grisham

This author of this story is a practicing attorney and this is a fast action story with four sub-plots, which intertwine, leaving it a page turner. The protagonist was Nick Mannino, an American Italian and a Legal Aid Attorney who practiced in the Bronx Criminal Court. Each day the Legal Aids took so many cases to defend and Nick had been given the case of Peter Guevara charged with sexual abuse of three young boys under the age of ten. Because of the nature of the charge,
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Toni Osborne
This debut legal thriller is about a young lawyer’s crisis of conscience and is by far more than just courtroom scenes peppered with legalese jargon hard to understand. This book is a fractionized account of some of the grittiest cases Mr. Benigno dealt with during his time practicing as a Legal Aid Attorney in the South Bronx.

In a nutshell:

Told from the main character’s perspective, Nick Mannino, a young legal Aid attorney tells how he is given the opportunity to defend a teacher’s assistant ac
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Philip
I like how in this book there are two different story lines that kind of come together in the case the the main character is working on and the "Spiderman Rapist" story and how the main character might take.
Monnie
In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't pay a cent for this book. Rather, I found it through Lendle.me, through which members can list ebooks they own for borrowing by other members. More important to me, though, are the emails that offer books from Amazon.com for free (usually for that day only); find one you want, go to Amazon, double-check that it's free, and download to read on your Kindle, PC or Mac or other Kindle-compatible device.

The Good Lawyer, for the record, is the No. 2 best Ki
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Esmeralda
This is an engrossing story of a Legal Aid lawyer who wants to make a name for himself. He believes that most of his clients are guilty so he is pleased to find one that appears to be innocent. Nick has become a lawyer because he was helped financially by his stepfather. His girlfriend Eleanor is quite wealthy and he is afraid that he wont fit into her world, especially if she discovers that his uncle is involved in organized crime. But when Nick finds himself in trouble, his uncle is the only o ...more
Linda
The book was entertaining, and I recommend it to fellow readers. The author's writing mechanics were good except for having too many throwaway characters.
The main character, a Legal Aid lawyer in NYC, has gained a 'killer' reputation in the courtroom. A serial rapist and a serial killer are on the loose, and our lawyer wants to try the rape case when and if the perpetrator is caught. Through the twists and turns of both cases, the mob's vigilante justice settles both cases out of court.

Thank you
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Tom Mueller
Thomas Benigno - also a lawyer - has been favorably compared to Grisham on Facebook. Although the author includes the caveat that this is a work of Fiction, the prelude states The Good Lawyer is "inspired by a true story". Although the author/publisher states that some characters and scenes are based on his time as a lawyer, I didn't label it 'true crime'; it is fiction.
Characters are well developed and for the most part believable. Some scenes get a little carried away with divine intervention,
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Joyce
Great crime novel

Loved the story and the characters in it. Kept reading every chance I got. Would love to read more from this author. Would make a great movie.
Harriet Brown
The Good Lawyer

The Good Lawyer a novel by Thomas Benigno is one great book.

I sat at the edge of my seat, as I read it.

I highly recommend it.
Hayley Waterhouse
Well, as reflected in my rating I thought this book was okay. I found it a bit hard to read language wise and for some reason I kept losing the plot. I did read it in bits and pieces which may have added to my confusion - but usually when I read in bits and pieces it's because I'm not really into the book. Many people love this book so perhaps it was poor timing. The story was interesting and towards the end I really got into the story. There are some books I read and I almost feel as though I a ...more
JoAnn Goldstein
I've been a long time fan of crime fiction, but legal thrillers don't always hold my interest or enthusiasm. "The Good Lawyer" is definitely an exception - I found it to be well-written, riveting and exciting enough to be classified as thrilling. What attracts me to novels like this one is the honest and true perspective of the writer, and I felt like an eye witness to this story. I recommend this novel to any reader who enjoys literary fiction, suspense/mystery/thriller/crime & legal fictio ...more
BigJohn
The Good Lawyer is an exciting tale of what seems to be a mundane and thankless job. As a non-profit public defender, the main character has to earn his lawyering chops by serving the needs of criminals who are entitled to a defense. But when a series of crimes push him in the direction of a few clients that deserve better than a public defender, his skills come to the fore and he attacks the case with fervor and all the resources his limited means can muster.

Based on events that happened when t
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Richard Ross


Storyline was a little complicated at first, trying to keep up with all of Nick's cases. Midway, however, i was starting to see how they interrelated, and I could pretty much figure out the ending. I agree with other reviewers that these e-book versions are loaded with grammatical and spelling errors, but for free I can put up with them.
Ladory
This book was a pleasurable, intriguing read. I went through it pretty fast. I'm not one to try to guess who the culprit is in advance, but I had suspicions. I do not see how someone could say they knew from the start. There is no definitive proof until it comes up in the book. Until then, it can only be a guess.

Yes, there were some grammatical mistakes such as the use of 'who's' instead of 'whose' and words put together that should not have been, given the context in which they were used, such
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Denise
This was another free Kindle book and I have to say it was one of the better ones I've read. It was a little slow in the beginning, but got better as it went. There is nothing outstanding about the writing, plot or characters, just a good old fashioned mystery with a good ending that tied up all the loose ends.
Terry
Took a chance when I decided to read this book because I didn't know if I'd like reading about a lawyer and his court cases. I was very pleasantly surprised. There was much more to it. It was especially interesting seeing how things connected.
Jim Fromm
Uncannily believable

I am a legal thriller junkie. Some attract me for the legal expertise, others for larger than life plots. Like most well told stories they ring true for a while. A Good Lawyer, was different. The deeper I got in the story the more true it felt. The blindside manipulation of a young lawyer by a diabolical serial pedophile was not surprising, but the elegance of the plan was unnerving. I liked the relationship with the fantastically wealthy Eleanor, and the legitimate issues it
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Lisa Otoupal-Robel
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like the story was credible,the characters weren't cartoonish and even the branches off the main story tree were interesting.

The only one I didn't really care for was the storyline involving the doctor. I really thought about it, over and over, would it be possible for that to happen? At first, I thought no. But, you know, the world is a small place and hometowns, no matter how large, smaller. So, yes, it could have happened.

I like the relationships with main
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Billie Copas
Excellent! Exciting and intriguing. Not at all what I expected, especially since it was based on actual fact. Very well-written. Enjoyed it very much, and I'm looking forward to reading more by Thomas Benigno.
Wendy
The story was great. A young legal aid lawyer defends a young man accused of molesting three young boys, and also another young man accused of raping several women in a highly publicized case. He gives each client the best possible effort, but is also determined to figure out if they are innocent or guilty. And one case - or is it both? - may have connections to a deep, dark secret in his family's past, something no one will talk about.

I enjoyed the idea behind the story. The book itself, howev
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Eric
Fast paced and compelling, I didn't want to put it down. I read it in less than 24 hours.

This is the kind of book that reminds you why you need to feed your soul with fiction once in a while.
Anne
This is one of the best descriptions of the interworkings of a public defender's office that I have ever read. It is a fast-paced, easy to read murder mystery!
Marcia
The Good Lawyer, written by attorney Thomas Benigno and based on true experiences, I found to be a real good read. The book is about an attorney working as a defense lawyer for Legal Aid in New York who takes on challenging cases. Two of his clients, which other attorneys did not want to take, he believes are innocent of the horrific crimes they are charged with. In his fight to prove his clients innocence, he risks his reputation, his license to practice law, his relationship with his girlfrien ...more
Robert
I saw a lot of comparison to Grisham on reviews of this book and I have to disagree. This is a court room thriller but this guy has his own writing style quite unlike Grisham. And being a big fan of Grisham I have to say this may not be similar but would make a great contender for all books in this category. With a young attorney working for Legal Aid in the Bronx as the main character the author sets out for quite a thrill ride with an interesting twisted ending. So for fans of the genre I woul ...more
Dawn
Loved the how the relationships impacted this book.
Kathy
An "ok" read

I decided on this book for several reasons; I'm from the bronx, I worked with attorneys around the criminal court in the bronx for over 11 years and I'm still a bronx resident in the legal field. The book was an "ok" read. It felt like a never ending drum roll.... waiting for the pace and silence to pick up and when it did (70% into the book), it see swift and sick and left me wanting to read more. The plot was good but not surprising. Because the reviews were in the thousands, I'm g
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Marnie
Didn't want it to end!!
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Thomas Benigno is a practicing attorney in Long Island, N. Y. After graduating Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan in 1979, at the behest of his Criminal Law Clinic Professor, Barry Scheck (who later obtained fame for representing O. J. Simpson) he was fast-tracked to a position as Associate Attorney with the New York City Legal Aid Society in the Bronx. While there he sought out and ta ...more
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