Jan 242014
Review: The Guilty PleaThe Guilty Plea (Detective Greene #2) by Robert Rotenberg
Published by Touchstone on May 3, 2011
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Format: Paperback from Purchased
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Rating: three-stars

Bestselling author Robert Rotenberg is back with his next razor-sharp legal thriller. Rotenberg's insider knowledge of the behind-the-scenes courtroom machinations and his mesmerizing trial scenes make this another scorching page-turner.

On the morning that his headline-grabbing divorce trial is set to begin, Terrance Wyler, youngest son of the Wyler Food dynasty, is found stabbed to death in the kitchen of his million-dollar home. Detective Ari Greene arrives minutes before the press and finds Wyler's four-year-old son asleep upstairs. When Wyler's ex-wife, a strange beauty named Samantha, shows up at her lawyer's office with a bloody knife, it looks as if the case is over.

But Greene soon discovers the Wyler family has secrets they'd like to keep hidden, and they're not the only ones. If there's one thing Greene knows, it's that the truth is never simple.

Taking place a couple months after the first book, this story features many of the same characters, with some former secondary characters taking centre stage. Homicide Detective Ari Greene and Officer Daniel Kennicott are back on the case with a different Crown Attorney and defense lawyer squaring off in this murder investigation.

This story is quite similar in layout, direction and feel as the first book. Whilte it featured a different murder, motive and lawyers, the investigation itself seemed to follow the same pattern and feel as the first one.

The Toronto setting was as much a star in this book as previously, with new histories and details revealed. It once again lent an exciting “I know this place” feel to the story, with very little repetition in the facts revealed.

Overall, this was an entertaining read. I enjoyed learning more about Detective Greene, with quite a bit more of his life, personality and past being revealed in this story. It reduced his mysterious image a bit, yet his methodical and thorough pursuit of the truth was unchanged. The story followed the same pattern as the first, but as a straighforward police procedural, it was enjoyable.

  2 Responses to “Review: The Guilty Plea”

  1. Sounds fun. I don’t think I’ve seen a lot of thrillers unfolding in Toronto. 🙂

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