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The Guilty Plea (Detective Greene #2)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  522 ratings  ·  97 reviews
On the morning before his headline-grabbing divorce trial is about to begin, multi-millionaire Quentin Wyler is found dead on his kitchen floor. With the heat on Detective Ari Greene, Wyler's ex-wife is soon charged with murder. But there are still many unanswered questions hanging over the apparently straightforward homicide trial.
Published July 1st 2011 by John Murray Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Teena in Toronto
I had read Rotenberg's first novel, Old City Hall, in January and enjoyed it.

In February 2011 I was asked to review The Guilty Plea (it went on sale on May 3, 2011) and participate in his Guilty Plea blogger tour. It gave me the chance to read Rotenberg's new book in addition to submitting questions for him to answer.

The story is in Toronto and, like the first book, I am very familiar with the locations where action takes place. In fact, I live near the hotel where Terrance Wyler's girlfriend, A
Luanne Ollivier
I enjoy a number of genres - legal thrillers being one of them. But when mentally going over my list of favourite authors, I realized that none of the legal list were Canadian. So I was excited to read Robert Rotenberg's new novel The Guilty Plea.

Rotenberg is a practicing lawyer who lives in Toronto and has based his series in the same city. I love reading a book with Canadian references - Timmies, the Globe and place names as well - Eglinton/Bloor, Jane and Finch. Knowing the settings are real
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Taking place a couple months after the first book, this story features many of the same characters, with some former secondary characters taking centre stage. Homicide Detective Ari Greene and Officer Daniel Kennicott are back on the case with a different Crown Attorney and defense lawyer squaring off in this murder investigation.

This story is quite similar in layout, direction and feel as the first book. Whilte it featured a different murder, motive and lawyers, the investigation itself seemed
Diane S ❄
Very good legal thriller. I have to say I enjoyed this one more than many of Grisham's later ones. Set in Toronto a young mother is accused of killing her husband, says she is innocent and the case goes to trial. Many revelations. twists and though I had an idea of who the real killer was I have to say I wasn't sure. Very well written and learning about the legal system in Canada was a bonus.
Frank Smith
Great second book, just as good as the first and well worth a read.
One thing that is interesting is the way Rotenberg seems to making Officer Daniel Kennicott into more of a character in the ongoing series. In the first book, he seemed to be using him as a secondary character and at most a possible future sidekick\partner for 'Arry' Greene, but this book almost makes him seem as important as Greene and a future direction for the series at some point, possibly a spin off series or continuation w
This is the second book in the Detective Greene series. I read the first one, Old City Hall, a little over a year ago. When I read Old City Hall, I fell in love with the characters and I thought the plot was fantastic, so I had really high expectations for this novel, but unfortunately, it fell a little short.

I thought the plot for this book was really typical for a murder mystery/legal thriller novel. There was nothing too unpredictable or unique about it. In fact, I guessed what happened about
A sensational Canadian legal thriller, with Canadian characters, in a Canadian city. Thank you Robert Rotenberg for helping write a novel set in Canada that actually portrays the Canadian legal system in its true light.

I was captivated from page one in this murder mystery that brings together family, marital issues, the law, and small town Ontario. Rotenberg helps show Toronto in a new light and uses his previous experiences to bring the characters alive and makes the reader want to keep forging
Honestly I was somewhat disappointed in "The Guilty Plea" after reading "Old City Hall". The Toronto setting is great and the excursion to Cobalt was OK and some of the characters were very intriguing and the main plot is complex enough to be interesting while still simple enough to easily follow along and most of the subplots are realistic enough and the writing is good enough to keep one flipping pages but there are a few glaring problems that made me not enjoy this book as much as the first o ...more
Christina Vasilevski
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One of the genres that I've often had trouble "getting" is that of the crime/procedural (which was why I had problems with both Zoo City and Empire State ). In terms of my reading habits, then, my enjoyment of Robert Rotenberg's books is an outlier.

Old City Hall was Rotenberg's debut, and The Guilty Plea picks up right where it left off, with many of the same characters. The premise here is similar to that of the first book: someone has b
Robert Rotenberg's debut novel, Old City Hall ( stirred delighted buzz and garnered warmly welcoming reviews from Canadian crime fiction circles and fans in early 2009. When the first foray is that good, establishing a pace, personality, setting and cast of characters that readers quickly become keen to revisit, two years feels like a long time to wait for the next installment.

The wait is over, and those waiting will feel well rewarded. Rotenberg has deli
Lisa Ann (Ketsy)
Jun 14, 2013 Lisa Ann (Ketsy) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Crime Thriller and Legal Fiction
Recommended to Lisa Ann (Ketsy) by: Goodreads, First Reads
To be truly honest, I had never read a "Crime Thriller" before The Guilty Plea by Toronto Lawyer Robert Rotenberg. I had never really thought I would be intrigued by this type of fiction, and I am glad to know I was very wrong in this case.

The Guilty Plea is set in my home-town of Toronto, Ontario -- the landmarks, legal jargon, and the system is familiar to me -- and I really enjoyed the bits of 'inside' jokes and reminders about how wonderful my City, my Province, and my Country really is. I l

On a hot August morning, Arceli Ocaya, the nanny of four year-old Simon Wyler, arrives at her usual time, 7:30 AM, to find that nothing is as usual. The front door is open, there is no sign of Terrance Wyler who always has the stereo playing loudly as he chops fresh fruit in the kitchen, and Billy, the family dog, who always greats Arceli with loud exhuberance, approaches her with his head down. Arceli heads to the kitchen and knows from the smell that there is a great deal of blood in that room
First Sentence: Even for Arceli Ocaya, it was too hot to sleep.

Det. Ari Greene is called to the murder scene of member of Toronto’s wealthy Wyler family, known for Wyler Fresh fruits and vegetables. The kitchen is awash in Terrance Wyler’s kitchen but, even worse, his 5-year-old son and the object of a bitter custody fight, is asleep in his bedroom upstairs. Defense attorney Ted DiPaulo receives a call from a fellow-attorney who is representing Samatha Wyler, the victim’s wife. Ted is asked to r
This was the story of a murder trial from the point of view of the lawyers (mostly) and was excellent. Detective Ari Greene is also part of it and is an intriguing character who I liked in Old City Hall. There were a lot of neighborhood details about different parts of Toronto as well. I'm looking forward to the next Rotenberg novel.
The Guilty Plea was a real page turner for me. The husband in a messy divorce found dead in his kitchen; his five year-old son asleep and unaware in his upstairs room. The wife and obvious suspect turning up at her lawyer's office, carrying a bloody knife wrapped in a kitchen towel.

The story proceeds through the investigation, charge, legal negotiations and trial. Skeletons are uncovered in every family's closet.

Rotenberg gets Toronto right; at least it feels right to this Torontonian. He does
Shonna Froebel
Got this as an advance reader's edition (publishing date is May) at the recent OLA conference. And boy am I glad. Once I started reading, I was hooked. This is just as good, if not better than his first book Old City Hall.
We have some of the same characters coming back, specifically Detective Ari Greene and Officer Kennicott. Terrance Wyler, youngest of three sons in the Wyler Food company, is involved in a high profile divorce. He has a new famous girlfriend, and his influential family on his s
Lorysa Cornish
Grabbed this as a camping read and I really liked it, more than I expected I would. A bit too much foreshadowing for me (yes, I guessed who-dun-it before the end, though I didn't guess all the details) but not nearly as bad as others I've read in this genre. I loved that the book is set in Toronto. Now I'm going to go read some more of his books.

It's nagging at me though that I think there might be a factual error. The disabled son apparently inherited the disease because both his parents were c
The first thriller I've read set in Canada: like The US only with 'crowns' prosecuting in court. A ripping yarn with a refreshing 360 degree view of the case from lawyers on both sides as well as investigating police. I'd like to see the author being more literarily ambitious.
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

The Guilty Plea is a well written book that is an easy and interesting read.
Rotenberg does a great job of describing the different dynamics of relationships involved between the various players in the justice system in Canada, and even takes the time to point out some common differences between Canadian and American courtroom etiquette.
I enjoyed the little twists and turns throughout the story, especially the ever evolving details about the
I enjoyed Old City Hall. But was disappointed in this one. The highlighting of Toronto sites felt forced and gratuitous. Their descriptions as dull as a bad travel website. It was so inconsistent One minute going for a coffee at "Jet Fuel", another going to spmeone's "favorite" "french cafe" with no name as if Toronto is filled with so many "french cafes" that everyone has a favorite. One character, a visiting American reporter, said and "thought" that Canadians are "polite" so often it felt lik ...more
I do love a good mystery/courtroom thriller and this book was both. This is the first book by Rotenberg that I have read and it was very, very good. The characters are well-formed, the plot is plausible, the twists and turns were unpredictable and this all adds up to a very enjoyable read. One of my GR friends has wondered why Rotenberg is not as well known as Grisham - I agree with her - this book is every bit as good as Grisham and in fact much better than many of his recent, extremely formula ...more
Fantastic book. It had an excellent pace with humour and hidden plots and twists. The ending was in a way, predictable but still brilliant. It was especially interesting to see the POV of opposing lawyers. Really well written.
Melanie Chabrol-
Give this a 4.5, a book I could not put down. We have all read the lady meets the rich guy, they fall i n love, someone has an affair, BUT that is where it all ends.

The very next day there is supposed to be a divorce trial and the husband is dead, guess who had the knife and brought it to the lawyer, that is right Samantha, the grieving widow. For the police, and lawyers an open and shut case.

But what will the evidence show. Lawyer vs lawyer, not just mentor vs student, who will be strong enoug
Richard Thompson
I was excited to spot this on the "new" shelf at the library. I had read Rotenberg's OLD CITY HALL years ago and had been very impressed.

This was one was just as good. Set in Toronto (with a side trip to the small town of Cobalt in northern Ontario) and featuring police detective Ari Greene. A local businessman who is involved in a messy divorce is stabbed to death on the eve of the trial and all the evidence points to the wife.

Good characters — you see the case from the points of view of Greene
This is not "great" literature, but I thoroughly enjoyed it; probably even more than his first novel "Old City Hall". Having lived in Toronto it was so much fun to read about all the various neighbourhoods that I know and have memories of. He really gets the flavour of multicultural Toronto. I also loved that he explained the court procedure as per how it happens in Canada. There were parts where I laughed out loud - good stuff! Entertaining light read - highly recommend this to any Torontonians ...more
Not a bad read but not as gripping as I would have liked. The characters were credible enough but for me it lacked a bit of pace & needed to rack the tension up.
Ann Chappe
Reminded me of John Lescroart's legal thriller- this was really good and I want to read more of this series!
This is Rotenberg's third crime mystery, and I'm disappointed that there's only one more to go. The same very likeable characters carry over from previous books; the Ontario setting is still novel to me.
Terence Wyler is involved in a messy divorce when he is brutally murdered. His wife is arrested and charged with his murder. When she's given a chance to plead out in exchange for a charge of manslaughter, she refuses and her trial uncovers a number of closely-held secrets.

Once again, the focus is on the investigative and trial procedures, and not a main character. However, the characters introduced in Rotenberg's first book are front and center, and their stories and personalities are further
Bernie Charbonneau
This is the second novel by this Toronto lawyer. Having read the first one and enjoying the book I did not hesitate to give his latest legal thriller a go. It took me a few pages to get into this plot but I'm not sure if it's because of the beautiful wheather or the actual story. Once into the plot, I found the characters believable and was intriqued right to the end. Living in the Toronto area made the book also fun to read because of the relation to some of the places described in the novel. R ...more
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After graduating from law school in Toronto, Robert Rotenberg became the managing editor of Passion, the English-speaking magazine of Paris. He then returned to publish and edit his own magazine, T.O. The Magazine of Toronto.Eighteen years ago he opened his own law practice and is today one of Toronto’s top criminal lawyers, defending, as he likes to say “everything from murder to shoplifting.”Rot ...more
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Detective Greene (4 books)
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  • Stray Bullets (Detective Greene, #3)
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