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The Alligator Man (2013)


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Published: New York : Center Street, 2013
Edition:  First edition
Description:  390 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9781455508648, 1455508640 :,
Language:  English

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Legal Courtroom Thriller

Recently fired from a high-profile law firm in Miami, FL, lawyer Kevin Wylie finds himself facing life-changing decisions directed by several outside forces.  His Type-A, career-driven girlfriend is making demands upon him.  His estranged father’s longtime companion contacts Kevin out of the blue to encourage him to re-establish a relationship with his ailing father.  A childhood friend needs his legal expertise.  All of these events converge to revolve around the Alligator Man, a reviled business owner who bilked his employees and investors and the mystery of how he ended up in a swamp one dark night.

As a legal courtroom thriller, I enjoyed the story because it is not overtly graphic in describing violent acts. The book focuses more on the details of the investigation and the sub-plot elements of Kevin’s inner struggles with professional integrity and his personal relationships.  Kevin does not work alone and the characters who assist him with his detective work are dedicated to honesty and truth. Some of the plot twists really drew me in and left me wondering what will happen next.

Author James Sheehan’s real-life experience as a trial lawyer gives the courtroom scenes a credibility that someone in the profession can really convey.

Excellent legal thriller.

James Sheehan delivers once again. Like A Lawyer's Lawyer, this book  presents a lawyer dealing with a complex legal case as well as personal issues. Sheehan's writing is extraordinary, his characters compelling, and his plot complex without being convoluted.


This book introduces a new main character, a lawyer in Florida who discovers there is more to law than making money. I hope this book is the start in a series with this character because I want to read more with him in it.
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