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The Alligator Man

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  317 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Kevin Wylie's crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevin's long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides to leave Miami and visit his father, who he hasn't seen in 28 years. Heading back to his hometown, Kevin doesn't realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case.
The victim, one of the richest and most-hated corporate criminals
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Roy Johnson was not a good man by any means. In the past he was being investigated for drug trafficking but was never caught. In the current day he had been CEO of Dynatron in which he cashed out of the company making off with one hundred million just before it shut down costing twenty thousand employees all of their jobs, pensions and insurance. When Roy's wife reports him missing after going for a walk one night near the swamp pieces of his clothing and wallet are found so the press then dubs ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
I won a copy of "The Alligator Man" by James Sheehan through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. This was an amazing legal thriller...and definitely a book you cannot put down.

Roy Johnson had been the CEO of Dynatron,a major energy company in northwest Florida, but had sold it before it fell into bankruptcy and cashed out with a million dollars. His employees lost everything. He was ruthless and hated and called "The Alligator Man", since he went missing and pieces of his clothing were found in a
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads GIveaways
One of the best crime thrillers I've read this year is "The Alligator Man" by James Sheehan which I won from Goodreads Giveaways. In this novel the writer doesn't just focus on a high profile murder and a heart-stopping courtroom trial but adds a dash of drug smuggling and white collar crime. When the story opens the disappearance of a corrupt gazillionaire Roy Johnson has been reported by his young wife. Kevin Wylie, a criminal lawyer in town to renew his relationship with his terminally ill ...more
Carol  MacInnis
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from a contest on Goodreads and I am now Author, James Sheehan's #1 fan!

Billy Fuller was an employee of a major energy company called 'Dynatron' in Miami until it folded and he literally, lost everything. His income, his savings, pension, health insurance, and his wife and best friend. The CEO of Dynatron, Roy Johnson, is a ruthless, heartless man who got a severance of one hundred million dollars and was under investigation for insider trading, defrauding employees, etc. etc.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I have never read any of Sheehan's books before but after The Alligator Man, I am going to see if my library has any of his books. If you like John Grisham you will like Sheehan. The mystery is there, the characters are really likeable and he really makes you hate the bad guys. There was one character called Bernie (I'm not going to reveal anymore than his name) that is so slimey that you feel like washing your hands anytime he comes
Haley Mathiot
I decided I loved James Sheehans work after reading last years release The Lawyers Lawyer. I jumped at the chance to read this new book and was not at all disappointed.

The Alligator Man starts off with a chapter from the perspective of a murder victim. From the very first chapter, I was hooked. There were two parallel stories going on at the same time, and at one point I didnt know how they related. About halfway through the book the connection became clear and suddenly every character was a
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law-n-order
A very well written Florida court room drama. The story centers around a criminal defense lawyer that gets drawn into a case that ends up having ties to a firm that he just got fired from. This is a good novel that is not overly complex yet has enough twists to keep the reader entertained.
Henri Moreaux
William Fuller lost his job, pension, health insurance, home and wife. Now he might lose his freedom.

Roy Johnson, once drug dealer now corporate criminal and the ex-CEO of Dynatron whom Fuller used to be an employee of before Johnson looted 100 million dollars and let it collapse has gone missing. Tattered clothing is found in a canal frequented by alligators and a tip comes in that a teenager saw a hit and run bowl him into the canal. A grey car matching Fuller's was the vehicle responsible,
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thrillers
I think I really just needed to read a legal thriller where the lawyers are basically good people who do the right thing in the name of justice. Doubtlessly there are flaws with this story, and maybe Kevin is a bit of a rehash of Jack Tobin, but all in all, another satisfying read from James Sheehan. I can't find any mention of further books, but I will hold out hope for a future read.
Roger Smitter
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read for courtroom novels with a surprise at the end. The last third of the novel -- when we find ourselves in the courtroom is especially good. Sheehan makes a few statements about the evils of corporations -- and the bad guys who get lots of money while working stiffs get the shaft. The courtroom drama seldom earns five stars but this one comes close.
Frau Ott
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheehan has become one of my favorite authors. His stories take place in Florida and the mysteries and crime tales are quite good. Sheehan is a lawyer so the terminology and technicalities of law are well explained.
Kolleen Ferraco
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Kept me reading. Lots of twists & turns with interesting characters & intertwined relationships
I always like legal thrillers. I don't think quite as believable as "the lawyer's lawyer"....
Stephanie Connelly
First James Sheehan I've read. Will be reading more for sure.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish someone could tell me what has become of this author. I cant find any recent info on him. He is simply a fabulous writer and I wish there was more to read! ...more
Barbara Mitchell
I love a good courtroom drama and Sheehan has written a great one in The Alligator Man. It begins in south Florida where Roy Johnson sits in his back yard gazing out at the water and enjoying his evening wine. In fact, he's getting drunk, just like he does every single night. Then he decides to go for a walk down the road. It is a straight shot through to the town of Gladestown with alligators in the swamp on both sides. As he walks, he sees headlights and, too late, realizes the car is aiming ...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: The Alligator Man
Author: James Sheehan
Pages: 448
Year: 2015
Publisher: Center Street
Kevin Wylie is an attorney with a live-in girlfriend who seems to be constantly pushing him to further his career. He finds out his boss is crooked and is fired the same day. The next day he receives a phone call from his fathers girlfriend that he is dying from cancer and having surgery the next day. He hasnt heard a word from his father in 28 years, so he is shocked to hear from someone about him now. He
Luanne Ollivier

This is the first book I've read by James Sheehan. Sheehan writes a legal series with lawyer Jack Tobin as the recurring character, but his latest book, The Alligator Man is a stand alone and introduces us to a new character - lawyer Kevin Wylie.

Kevin's life is about to be turned upside down - his shady boss has decided that now is the time to get ride of Kevin, he gets word that the father he hasn't seen in twenty eight years is dying and his girlfriend isn't happy with Kevin at all.

Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the former CEO of Dynatron is run down and left to become gator food, no one sheds that many tears. He ripped off his employees and walked away scott free with millions, which means lots of possible suspects. Kevin Wylie has recently lost his job working with one of Miami's top defense attorneys but it's allowed him time to reconnect with the father he hasn't seen in over two decades. It's also put him in the right place at the right time to defend the state's top suspect in what's now ...more
Victor Gentile
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
James Sheehan in his new book, The Alligator Man published by Center Street gives us a legal thriller with Kevin Wylie.

From the back cover: Kevin Wylies crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevins long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides to leave Miami and visit his father, who he hasnt seen in twenty-eight years. Heading back to his hometown, Kevin doesnt realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case.

The victim, one of the richest and most-hated
Scherry  at The Novel Lady
Oh my! This was one of those books that you just can't wait to get to the end to see how it all works out... but then when you get there you don't want it to end! THE ALLIGATOR MAN is a legal thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, unable to put this book down. I started reading this after it was recommended by my book club. What a great recommendation!

About one-third of the way through the book, life got in the way and I had to switch to the audible version of the book in order
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Ive been reading James Sheehans work for a couple of years now, after being introduced to it when his publisher sent me one of his novels asking if Id review it. I said sure, and now they send almost everything new that he writes, although The Alligator Man actually came to me via TLC Book Tours first. Apparently the Universe REALLY wanted me to read this book, because the copy from his publisher showed up a few days later.

The Universe was not wrong. The Alligator Man is a legal thriller that
Christian Fiction Addiction
"The Alligator Man" sees James Sheehan return in fine form with his fourth novel, a book likely to attract a number of new fans. Filled with suspense and intrigue, and court-room scenes that showcase Sheehan's own trial experience, the book moves at a fast pace and I simply couldn't put it down! I greatly enjoyed the unique characters that make up the supporting cast, such as Carlisle, a man who is able to traverse the wild swamps with ease and who has a unique perspective on life. His role as ...more
Russell Atkinson
I enjoyed this book. If you're a fan of legal thrillers, you probably will too. The main characters are likeable and the overall feel is warm and comfortable. The protagonist is a criminal defense lawyer called upon to defend a poor, downtrodden friend accused of murdering the Alligator Man, a nasty, filthy rich drug dealer turned industrialist who looted his company. White hats, black hats, subtlety is not the author's strong point. Our hero is resentful of his father, who is now dying and whom ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads

I will start off by saying I am not usually a big fan of courtroom type stories. This book, however, is so much more than just that, and I fell into the whole of it, starting with Kevin Wylie's everyday life, working in a job he isn't particularly happy with, and involved in a relationship that feels forced at best, to the call that changes his life around, the story took (me on) twists and turns with connections and surprises. Just when I thought I
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, first-reads
I received this book through the Goodreads first reads program. I normally would not have considered reading a legal thriller but I am surprised to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Sheehans work. This is a fantastic piece of literature. The characters are absolutely wonderful and dynamic. I must admit that I truly did feel as though I knew them personally after reading the novel. I certainly cared about what happened to them and thats the point right?

This book is a fast read. Its not terribly
Nan Williams
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-more
In looking through the reviews, I seem to be the only one who didn't "win" or "receive" a free copy. Does that mean I'm the only one giving an honest opinion?

It was pretty good, interesting and not too many holes in the plot. Moving back and forth from the Everglades to Tallahassee, seemingly quickly in the car, was a bit of a stretch and created (for me, at least) a bit of confusion. The text almost read as though our character was in the Everglades one minute and outside Tallahassee the next.
Minty McBunny
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, february-2015
I liked this book much better than the previous 3 in this series. Jack Tobin does not appear in this novel and it's a the better for it. I found Jack a fairly dull protagonist, whereas I rather like Kevin. The story kept me entertained, I liked the peripheral characters like Carlisle and Rosie. All in all, there is no reason not to start the series with this book and hopefully it goes forward with this cast of characters as opposed to the older ones in Bass Creek.

The ham-handed attempt to tie
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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A well known businessman is murdered, but there is more than one person who would want him dead, so who did it? Told in short chapters from many points of view, this book had me caught up in the story from page one til the very end. There was family drama, business drama and just drama drama!

My first read by James Sheehan and the way this book unfolded was perfect. The way each piece of the puzzle was provided through each of the character's
Reading Fool
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, 2013
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Kevin Wylie is a criminal lawyer who is defending Billy Fuller, who has been accused of killing Roy Johnson. Roy is a corporate criminal who has been nicknamed the Alligator Man because he was presumably eaten by alligators in a Florida swamp after he was allegedly run over by Billy. The story has several twists and turns, and the courtroom trial is dramatic. This was a quick and entertaining read. I feel compelled to read Sheehan's
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James Sheehan was born in New York City and grew up there in a four-room railroad apartment with his five brothers and sisters.

He started working at the age of twelve, shining shoes at a local shoe-repair shop. At fourteen, he had a newspaper round. He worked at a local delicatessen, an antique store where he stripped and delivered furniture, as a construction worker during the summers, a

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