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I love legal dramas, the Mickey Haller series by Michael Connelly and the Ari Green series by Robert Rotenberg are the best but I also enjoy John Grisham and Scott Turow. This series, according to Booklist, is supposed to "leave Grisham and the gang choking on its dust". It does not.
The story starts off slowly and has some unbelievable and contrived elements, but it did eventually grab my attention and even had a few "driveway moments". However, the courtroom scenes are nowhere near as good Connelly, Rotenberg, Grisham or Turow. (Since I’ve read ALL their books, I’m looking for another good legal thriller author—but I haven’t found him/her yet.). However, I will probably give this author one more chance and read/listen to the next book in the series to see if gets any better.
I also found the writing a bit sexist--it was obviously written for a male rather than female audience, and this was annoying at times.
The narrator did a good job. There were some anomalies, like the fact that Pat, who grew up in NYC, had an Irish accent and Rudy had a Hispanic accent, although he was born in NYC and grew up in Florida--but the different accents did help keep the characters straight—even if they were a bit stereotypical. (I think if I were a Southerner, I would have found the “bubba” accents offensive.)
All in all, worth listening to, but not the best book of this genre.
What would have made The Mayor of Lexington Avenue better?
Cut the American football talk. Don't introduce inappropriate soapy melodrama. Cut the teenage life talk.
What could James Sheehan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Maintained the standards of his other books. This book is rubbish. Far too much uninteresting padding.
What about Vicent Marzello’s performance did you like?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Mayor of Lexington Avenue?
Everything except the legal thriller plot.
Any additional comments?
I feel cheated by James Sheehan with this book
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