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The Mayor of Lexington Avenue (2005)

by James Sheehan

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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. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
A simple young man enticed into visiting a sexy young woman's home. The next day she is dead, and he is framed for murder. A many-layered story of how this young man's circumstances affect others, including his father's best friend. Enjoyed it - it kept me reading.

Bookcrossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5457125/ ( )
1 vote wareagle78 | Jan 25, 2014 |
A corrupt small-town Florida police department arrests Rudy Kelly, a "slow" 19-year-old, for a murder he didn't commit, and, after an ineffectual public defender fumbles the case, Rudy receives a death sentence. Flashbacks to the 1960s New York childhoods of Mikey Kelly and Johnny Tobin. Ten years after Rudy's conviction, Tobin, now a hotshot Miami lawyer bored with his life, leaves his firm and finds a new direction after reading about Mikey's death and starts looking into his son Rudy's conviction.

The first half of this book is quite strong and well-developed. However, its second half steadily deteriorates when Tobin and his cohorts become the central figures in the plot to correct the wrongs that were done.

Sheehan is an attorney that has been compared to Grisham. This is his first novel – and it shows. Most of his characters are thinly developed, their exploits are often unrealistic and contrived, his technique at foreshadowing serves to make many of the intended surprise elements too predictable, and the dialogue he has his characters speak is often cliche-ridden and corny.

Hopefully, Sheehan’s next outing will show some development in his skills. ( )
  Jawin | Aug 13, 2010 |
The book could have had some hard editing. It was a good read and the issue of capital punishment in the US was a central theme along with police corruption. The storyline was OK if a bit sentimental. The author is a trial lawyer so should know what he is talking about. ( )
  msprint | Dec 18, 2007 |
A compelling read of courtroom drama at play! enjoy this witty and thought provoking thriller!
  sookmei |
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In memory of my parents,
Jack Sheehan and Mary Tobin Sheehan,
who gave me everything in life
that I needed to succeed-unconditional love.

You are always in my heart.
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Lucy liked to fish in the daylight.
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Growing up on the mean streets of New York City, Johnny and Mikey always had each other’s backs. Mikey was a loyal friend but even he knew that Johnny was headed for bigger things. That’s why he dubbed him the Mayor of Lexington Avenue.
The two friends were inseparable—until one fateful night set them on their different paths: Johnny to life as a  high-powered lawyer in Miami, and Mikey to a shattered existence behind bars. Now, haunted by guilt over Mikey’s conviction, and numbed by the excesses of a successful life, Johnny finds his one last shot at redemption: A young Florida man is framed for a murder he didn’t commit, and Johnny feels compelled to fight for him—and, in a way, for Mikey. But there are powerful people who want the truth hidden, and Johnny will have to risk everything, and everyone, he cares about to save the young man…and himself.

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This novel is an electrifying courtroom drama; a terrifying indictment of the death penalty.

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