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The Good Lawyer (Good Lawyer #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  8,849 Ratings  ·  422 Reviews
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
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Kimberly by: Goodreads
Shelves: read-on-kindle
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
Lewis Weinstein
My wife, who is a lawyer, read this and called it terrific. Same with "The Criminal Lawyer" by the same author. Lots of good day to day legal material in the Bronx taken from real cases. Interesting characters, good plot, keeps the tension, no loose ends.
Jean Poulos
I was inspired to read this book after reading my Goodreads’ friend, Lewis Weinstein’s, review. This is the first book by a new author. The author is a practicing attorney.

The story is fiction but is based on a real- life story. A young ambitious lawyer, Nick Manino, is attempting to make a name for himself outside of the constraints of his family’s long mob history.

It is 1982 and the Spiderman rapist is all over the media. Manino takes on the case of a teacher’s aide being accused of raping thr
J.W. Stephens
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca McNutt
The story of a New York attorney's struggle to prove himself when it comes to dealing with the most disturbing of cases, The Good Lawyer is an excellent legal thriller with a ring of truth to its text.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't pay a cent for this book. Rather, I found it through, 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 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
Dolores Ayotte
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally speaking I avoid what I would categorize as "contemporary pop fiction" and I guess this book would fit that genre, but I enjoyed this one. It was interesting from the beginning, no slow spots for me, and NO product plugs. (A major turn off in much of today's pop fiction. I can't stand them. I see them and I will write off all future books by an author.) Again, I seem to have a predilection for books taking place in familiar terrain and this is definitely a New York book. I did foresee ...more
Beverlee  Couillard
This is a wonderful book. I would like to give it 4.5 stars. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars, is I tend, now, to judge all lawyer stories with Mark Giminez, "The Perk." That aside, Mr. Benigno writes one heck of a good story. I am a FAN of legal stories, and this rates as one of the better around. I like his lawyer, his interesting background, the amazing members of his family, and the battles he fights as a Bronx Legal Aid attorney are worth his efforts. He is not a seasoned lawyer and ...more
Alicia Huxtable
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So well written that it wasn't until just before the end that the realisation of what was happening slapped me in the face. The characters, storyline, everything moved along at a good, steady pace for this book.
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audio version...

I enjoyed this audiobook very much, though at times I was a little confused about what was going on and felt like I was missing something. I don't know if it was the writing or if it was because I was listening as opposed to actual reading. At about the 70% mark the story took off and I couldn't put it down.
Urenna Sander
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nick Mannino appears as an outgoing, kind, open-minded, not easily intimidated, young lawyer. He works for Bronx Legal Aid, and has strong family ties, which includes an uncle involved with the underworld.
In love with a wealthy, ADA, Nick is likeable and believable, as he internalizes fears of acceptance, and future social situations with her affluent family. Because of this, he keeps secret his lovable, but felonious uncle.
Nick decides to defend a Teachers Aid, Peter Guevara, accused of abusi
Toni Osborne
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: removed
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
Rick Sanchez
Okay, Nick Manino needs to team up with Bailey Kane from Bittersweet Symphony and do a crossover! I'm shipping them right now!
Book Binge
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read this book for my offline book club last month and my friend who chose the book had already finished the book before I even bought it and said it was so good so I had such high hopes. It’s not my usual kind of book but isn’t that what book clubs are for? To introduce you to books that you wouldn’t normally read? So when I finally bought the book and settled in to get the story read, it took me…forever to read this book.

I’m a sucker for character development. If you have a prayer of making
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
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
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My Kindle Lending Library pick for the month, based on overall good reviews.

While I thought the story was okay (it would have gotten a strong 3-star rating), I had some issues with the book's mechanics and with some of the story-building. As for the story, I thought it was a bit overdone and confusing at times. I think the author tried to put too many different facets into the book which just made it rather convoluted. Also, like many other reviewers, I figured out the twist pretty early, taking
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
Nick is a Legal Aid lawyer. He is an American of Italian descent with mob ties on his mother's side. His father died when he was young and he formed a close relationship with his mother's brother - Rocco. Nick is not wealthy. He forms a relationship with Eleanor - she is from a wealthy family, attended a prestigious school, and is a lawyer as well. The story centers on 2 of Nick's clients - one who is thought to be innocent and is truly evil. The other is thought to be guilty and is murdered bef ...more
Jim Fromm
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom Mueller
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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,
Hayley Waterhouse
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Susan Bernstein
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A voyage of intrigue

This book kept me intrigued until the very last page. It combined good vs. evil in a new and exciting view. I couldn't put the book down. As the storyline unfolded, each page seemed to introduce a new character who seemed to be individual, but soon became connected to the plot in very unusual ways. Thomas Benigno a combination of Griffin and Patterson at their best.
Richard Ross
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it

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.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Got about 10% into this and quit. Opening premise of rape and child sodomy. Just sick. All exposition as well. No story in the first four chapters so not worth slogging through the depravity to try and discover a plot. Self published drek and Amazon freebie, no wonder.
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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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