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The Mayor of Lexington Avenue (Jack Tobin #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  566 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Jack Tobin is a trial lawyer with a searing-hot reputation in Miami, far removed from his scrappy youth on the streets of New York. But when a young Florida man is railroaded into a murder conviction in the tiny Florida backwater of Bass Creek, Tobin is driven to pay back a debt to his best friend, the boy who once dubbed him 'the Mayor of Lexington Avenue'.

In his efforts
Paperback, 592 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Corgi (first published August 31st 2005)
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Justin Matott
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A review I did for the Rocky Mtn News

• Plot in a nutshell: In balmy Bass Creek, Fla., a young convenience store clerk named Rudy, with an IQ of 75, bumbles into the life of loose and seductive Lucy Ochoa, hoping to get a little action. She invites him to her house - only to suffer fatal consequences when her jealous lover sees Rudy leaving, slits her throat and skips town.

Police Detective Sergeant Wesley Brume arrives on the scene and, in his haste to make a name for himself, frames Rudy, who ev
I got about a quarter of the way through this & just gave up. It was too predictable & the reader wasn't doing that much for me. I doubt I'd like it as a regular book, either. I couldn't care less about anyone involved.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is told in several parts with character development stories from the past as the beginning followed by the middle and then the end.

Jack Tobin is a lawyer who has made a lot of money mostly by defending insurance companies. He is also an asshole. He has been considering retiring to small town in Florida and is making that move. Before he has though his best friend dies (a friend to whom he owes a substantial debt) setting off a change in Jack. He realizes he has been an asshole most of
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ucbc
This book is a prime example of why I don't read dust jackets.

My favorite aspect of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue was trying to decipher how the two divergent story lines in the first part of the book would come together, and then enjoying how well the back-story given by those first two seemingly disassociated plots gives context to the rest of the book.

Had I read the dust jacket first, I would've already known how they come together and that truly would've lessened the impact of this book for
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rubbish
This is rubbish. Anyone who likes it has clearly got no critical faculties whatsoever.

There are so many errors and so much sloppy writing in this book it's quite clear the editor simply gave up on it. (Most of the rubbish is in the second half, after the hands had been thrown in the air.)

If you can think critically and logically, follow a plot line and know ANYTHING about the law, you will hate this book.
Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John Grisham fans.
Shelves: legal-thrillers
Excellent story, great courtroom thriller. Thouroughly enjoyed this book, really fine debut novel. I will certainly buy future novels from this author.
May 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good storyline for the author's first book. Takes place in florida, so includes descriptions of the country streams, lakes, etc. that make Florida so tropical!
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mystery book reader
This is one of the best books I have read recently. Sheehan's follow-up to this book is "The Law of Second Chances" which is also a must-read.
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Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A winner from start to finish. It's not often I come across such a novel, one that's got elements of 'Bleak House', 'Huckleberry Finn', 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Al Capone, and even, believe it or not a little of Mills & Boon, but this one does. A very well-written and well-paced courtroom drama. One to treasure. Well done, James, an excellent effort for your first novel.
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