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Death On a High Floor

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,203 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
When the much-despised Marbury Marfan senior partner Simon Rafer turns up dead, with an ornate dagger buried between his shoulder blades, it comes as a surprise to no one. Simon was an abusive boss and had recently been on the warpath, clearing the "dead wood" from the legal firm he treated as his personal fiefdom. Nearly a thousand attorneys and associates, scattered acro ...more
Kindle Edition, 455 pages
Published March 30th 2011 by Sliding Hill Press
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Feb 06, 2012 Germaine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: really-good
This is flat-out the best book I've read in a long time. The plot revolves around an "older" lawyer who is framed for murdering one of the partners in his law firm. The murdered partner was a classic SOB who richly deserved his fate, and the there is a long list of people who don't mourn his passing. It's worth reading the book just for the background characters, and there are a lot of them. They are well written and hold the reader's interest.

Robert Tarza, the "hero", is something of an enigma.
Lauren Good
Nov 03, 2012 Lauren Good rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Throughout the book, I kept thinking, "How could a couple of lawyers be so stupid?" I realize they were supposed to fall into the typical client roles - making it appear that even over-educated yahoos can't relinquish control when they know it's what is best. But for heaven's sake, I wanted to lock them up just to keep them from screwing up the investigation. And then the climax and denouement of the story were over in a flash. 400 pages of wandering around in the dark, and then someone slams on ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Superior legal thriller. Each of the characters has hidden motives. The author clearly knows whereof he speaks as hidden intrigues and conflict within the law firm begin to unfold.

The story is told from the point of view of Robert Tarza, an established and respected (if a bit behind the others in billings) partner in a large law firm. He alsways arrives early in the office and one day discovers the body of another partner, Simon, who had just accused Robert of selling to him a fake two-thousand-
Sep 18, 2015 Jaret rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-star-books
3.5 stars rounded to 4. This story took a while for me to get invested into the plot. Plus the main character, Robert Tarza, was an idiot at times. Even I, who has nowhere near the knowledge of a defense attorney, wanted to smack him upside the head and shout, "You're an idiot! Stop it!" However, I ended up getting wrapped in the plot as it was nearing the end and I loved the resolution. It was wacky and off-base, but it was highly entertaining. In the end, I'm so glad I read it.
Apr 02, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I read this book after reading the author's Long Knives, which features some of the characters of this earlier book. I liked it, but I liked Death on a High Floor even more and I wish I had read them in order.

I think the reason I preferred Death on a High Floor is mainly because of the voice of Robert Tarza, the main character. He is just a lot of fun when he's describing, with irony and acerbic wit, the life of a lawyer in a white-shoe firm. I particularly liked his description of the five cruc
Bruce Bales
Jul 02, 2012 Bruce Bales rated it liked it
Interesting read, but the actions of the main characters very unrealistic. You do not investigate your own case when charged with murder. You do not over night become a criminal lawyer. You do not walk up and wipe makeup off a witnesses face in court. These actions took away from the otherwise good storyline
R.P. Dahlke
Aug 10, 2012 R.P. Dahlke rated it it was amazing
This is an intelligent, witty mystery about back-stabbing lawyers. Gee, are there any other kind? Okay, it's a review, not my personal diatribe on lawyers, and generally I hate lawyers.

Where was I? Oh yeah, one back-stabbing lawyer is found dead with a knife in his back (how appropriate is that?) and the somewhat tired, sixty-year old "lifer," as he calls himself, senior partner, Robert Tarza, who finds the body as he comes to work... on the 85th floor of the international law firm he's worked
Lady of the Lake
Murder mysteries are not my usual, mysteries in general are not...courtroom drama investigative...still not but this is a book that made me think hmmmm what have I been missing.
I really enjoyed this however...there were many things in this story that I knew could not be going on in the real world that are not legal in real life...but they make it work for the story so I swallowed my protests and put my pointer finger down with the but but but you can't..... And went with it. What was the point
Robert Michael
Jul 18, 2012 Robert Michael rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Tracey Michael

This is a good novel, but suffers from believability issues. It reminded me of television police/court dramas, without the melodrama.

The problem stemmed from the narrator. We never get a legitimate explanation of why he trusts Ms. James (his defense counsel, also a suspect in the investigation of the murder). Perhaps even more serious is the constant nag in the back of my mind that this was a police set-up all along. My first clue? Early in the
Jackie Whaley
Jun 01, 2014 Jackie Whaley rated it really liked it
Death on a high floor is a legal thriller. The crime is introduced at the front of the book with the balance used to unfold the story line. Clues are illuminated at a good pace and my interest was held. The courtroom drama is engaging, and balanced with plenty of activity outside the courtroom. Interactions within a law firm, dealings relating to rare coins, and media behavior seem accurately described and are at times humorous. The characters are interesting but do lack depth. The audiobook ren ...more
Mickey Hoffman
Aug 26, 2011 Mickey Hoffman rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because the characters were a bit twisted. The plot
is improbable to the enth degree but I ended up not caring because of
the mini plots within. There are several places where the author got
too cute with the plot--clues without
any real need for them--but the courtroom scenes were very entertaining.
The one drawback for me was I didn't really like the MC, a corporate lawyer
who is really into custom made suits. I never felt I got a good physical
description for him although the res
Rebecca Forster
Mar 01, 2012 Rebecca Forster rated it it was amazing
I love a good legal thriller and Death on a High Floor was a great one. The author, a lawyer himself, communicates his knowledge of the law, Los Angeles and the internal workings of a bit-time law firm with both skill and humor. But where he really shines is in his ability to create amazing characters. Charles Rosenberg writes a twenty-something female associate with the same aplomb as he does at fifty-something senior partner! I highly recommend this book for a fun, fast read and a wonderful my ...more
Effie Goh
Jun 29, 2014 Effie Goh rated it liked it
Brief description:
Calls itself a "legal thriller", but more accurately, it's 90% crime mystery and 10% legal courtroom drama. (The latter part only manifests itself towards the end of the book)

What I liked best about this book was its ubiquitous sense of humour. Practically every scene in the book is laced with humour. I always appreciate a good sense of humour.
My favourite example: pages 80-81 where we learn the five key lessons to Stomp Out of a Room without Looking Like an Ass.
Apr 03, 2016 Susan rated it did not like it
I enjoyed this book most all the way but I as I got to the end I was like 'ok, I'm done, let's wrap this up.' I didn't really like any of the characters. Some were too exaggerated to be credible. A high powered lawyer finds the stabbed body of a disliked partner on the floor in the office one morning. And soon he's the only suspect. The plot is pretty crafty but over all, not my favorite.
Jun 04, 2014 Carla rated it liked it
Fast read- good dialogue but dumb, dumb characters.
Apr 05, 2014 Clewis53 rated it it was ok
Pretty far fetched. This author seems to specialize in having highly educated attorneys do things that are so stupid that most people would know NOT to do them after watching two episodes of Law and Order.
Kristy Budner
Sep 24, 2014 Kristy Budner rated it liked it
This is a long audiobook (15+ hours). While it held my interest, it's not the kind of book that you want to rush through. Yes, it is a murder mystery but I wasn't in a hurry to get to the end. It held my interest but I had deduced the possible suspects/endings before the actual concluding chapters and was not very surprised at the ending, although it wasn't overly obvious either. Also, I might not be as sympathetic to Robert Tarza, the main character in the book, as he is a big successful partne ...more
Patricia Shannon
Sep 15, 2013 Patricia Shannon rated it liked it
I liked this but wanted to slap the characters for being so....what? Dumb? Cute story.
Nov 11, 2012 gert rated it really liked it
sorry, no deep, analytical treatise. just this: this is an awesome book.
Jan 02, 2015 Charlie rated it liked it
This book is a mixed bag.

Many reviews will complain that the main characters could not possibly be as stupid or naive as written. I agree.

Many also complain that the courtroom scenes are far too detailed and too much explanation. For me, those scenes were what saved the book. I enjoyed the cross-examination and the explanation of why various questions were well done or not. OK, I'm a geek.

If you are looking for a realistic, gritty, believable legal thriller, look elsewhere. But I enjoyed the boo
Dec 16, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heavensent1 by: ARC
Death On A High Floor: A Legal Thriller is a Legal Mystery Thriller.

Simon Rafer, senior partner in the law firm, Marbury Marfan, has been murdered. Simon was a "cleaner" and he didn't care who he cut from his team, if you weren't pulling your wait, you were fired. Simon didn't hold any bars when it came to success and believed he had game.

Robert Tarza, another senior partner and co-worker of Simon's, was the first upon the scene and has become a suspect. Robert doesn't believe he has anything to
Paul Pessolano
Mar 21, 2012 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“Death on a High Floor” by Charles Rosenberg, published by Sliding Hill Press.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

If you are a fan of the legal thriller, “Death on a High Floor” will give you all you could ask for and then some.

Robert Tarza, a partner in the law firm of Marbury Marfa, finds his colleague, Simon Rafer, murdered. Robert not only becomes a person of interest but quickly becomes the prime suspect in the murder.

Although the law firm does not handle criminal cases, a young female lawyer in th
Dec 10, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thrillers
If Death on a High Floor is any indication of author Charles Rosenberg's future efforts, Scott Turow and John Grisham should be prepared to admit one more to their club.

Yes, Death on a High Floor was that good. This book was highly addictive from page one, an absorbing and all-consuming legal thriller extraordinaire that manages to stay fresh and exuberant and avoid being just another entry in the genre. Despite the opening murder, and the "whodunit" aspect, this is - - surprisingly - - a fun b
Dec 08, 2011 Anagha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally posted on my blog:

Review: Both an intense mystery and a honest peek into the brutal court system.
"Death on a High Floor" grabs you in the beginning with the murder of the senior partner, Simon Rafer, and holds you with little clues and revelations here and there until the impressive twist ending. Those harrowing courtroom scenes only add to the suspense in this well-crafted novel. With his vast law experience, Rosenberg expertly leads us into t
Dec 08, 2011 Anagha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery buffs
Shelves: posted
Originally posted on my blog:

Review: Both an intense mystery and a honest peek into the brutal court system.
"Death on a High Floor" grabs you in the beginning with the murder of the senior partner, Simon Rafer, and holds you with little clues and revelations here and there until the impressive twist ending. Those harrowing courtroom scenes only add to the suspense in this well-crafted novel. With his vast law experience, Rosenberg expertly leads us into t
Jun 05, 2012 Anand rated it really liked it
At 450 pages, this a longish novel, but an uncomplicated and humorous style of writing makes you keep reading on. The basic plot is that Robert, a senior partner of a big law firm, finds the dead body of another senior partner early on a Monday morning. One thing leads to another, and to begin with circumstantial evidence make the police suspect Robert for the crime, only to soon arrest Robert and charge him with that murder. Robert initially tries to be brave, but soon enough gravity of the sit ...more
Abhijeet Gandhi
Dec 12, 2012 Abhijeet Gandhi rated it liked it
Legal thrillers are my most cherished literary genre. You could blame John Grisham for that since my first real tryst with reading novels (yes I started quite late!) was with his brilliantly awesome books, the earlier, better ones. Not only did his stories whet my appetite for reading more books but also help define the legal thriller genre for me.

When I read the reviews for this particular title, the fact that it was penned by a former attorney and legal consultant to many legal TV dramas insta
Jan 27, 2013 Nani rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-2013
I really did like this book. There is a little mystery and a lot of the legal ins and outs of arrest and trial preparation, even for the innocent! The story is told in first person by Robert Tarza, a 60-year-old partner at Maybury Marfan who is being framed, and framed well, for the murder of colleague Simon Rafer. After all, the story starts with him finding Simon’s body.

A murder accusation is a shocking introduction to the reality of criminal law and how it differs from the civil law Robert h
Prucia Buscell
Mar 14, 2013 Prucia Buscell rated it it was amazing
In this legal thriller, backstabbing is more than metaphor. The story opens with Simon Rafer, the managing partner of the prestigious Marbury Marfan law firm in Los Angeles dead on his office floor. And it’s not just any ordinary knife in his back, it’s an ornate dagger with a history. Another partner, Robert Tarza, finds the body and becomes the narrator of this entertainingly twisted tale. He’s one of hundreds of lawyers in this huge international firm who aren’t seriously mourning Simon’s dem ...more
Henry Lawrence
Apr 10, 2014 Henry Lawrence rated it really liked it

This book is a prequel of the Long Knives. Not exactly a prequel. This book was written as a stand-alone novel. Later, the author decided to write another book using the characters here.
Normally I like to read books in order, but this was kind of fun because I kept trying to remember what was revealed in the Long Knives to help with the whodunit.
The unmasking of the real killer on the witness stand of the Preliminary Hearing was just like a Perry Mason episode.

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