The Lawyer's Lawyer

The Lawyer's Lawyer

by James Sheehan


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Jack Tobin, the main character of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue returns in this non-stop novel that combines enthralling plot twists with some of the best coutroom fiction being written today.

Tobin, known as the lawyer's lawyer—the guy the best lawyer's say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle—undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent. The Chief of Police is outraged, the citizens of Oakville where the murders occurred, erupt, and the State Attorney is out for blood as Jack challenges the criminal justice system once again.

Sheehan masterfully weaves stories of love and friendship into one man's uncompromising search for truth within the four corners of a courtroom where it is often spoken about but seldom seen. Jack is in a fight for his life and the outcome is in doubt right up to the turn of the final page.

A trial lawyer himself, James Sheehan is also a top-notch thriller writer. Once again he succeeds in translating the depth of his courtroom knowledge into an entertaining and truly fascinating read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455547067
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 01/14/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

JAMES SHEEHAN is the author of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue and The Law of Second Chances. He was a successful trial attorney for 30 years, and currently teaches trial law and is the Director of the Tampa Law Institute at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa, Florida. Learn more at

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This is a debut novel but it reads like it was written by a master of the genre.

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The Lawyer's Lawyer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephen Brayton for Readers' Favorite 1991: Jack Tobin, successful attorney, considers doing something else with his life other than the practice of law. 1993: A serial killer is terrorizing the college campus in Oakville, Florida. Detective Danielle Jansen suspects one of the students, Thomas Felton. After a couple more deaths, including that of the police chief's wife, Felton is arrested for murder. 2001: Jack Tobin has switched to defending death row clients gratis but accepts a case to help a basketball player at the Oakville campus from being charged with rape. He also begins a short-lived affair with Jansen who is close to retirement. 2003: Tobin agrees to help Felton, who is scheduled to die in six weeks' time. What he discovers sets off a chain reaction that will put Tobin himself on trial and uncover secrets buried for eight years. This is a difficult story to summarize because to tell anymore would be to give away too much. This is basically three stories put into one: the serial killer investigation; Tobin's case with Felton; and Tobin's own trial. I had actually expected a couple of the minor characters to play a bigger role in later events, but I enjoyed the courtroom battles. I liked the give and take, the strategies from each side, the objections and the judge's personality. This is a long story, but one I thought worthwhile to listen to. The author understands the intricacies of the courtroom and provides enough ambiance to draw in the reader to the scenes. Just enough thrill to entice me; just enough mystery to keep me interested; a little romance; and a well-built story to provide provoking courtroom scenes.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
The Lawyer’s Lawyer by James Shee­han is a fic­tional story tak­ing place in present day Florida. Mr. Shee­han works at Stet­son Uni­ver­sity in Tampa, FL and teaches trail law. Jack Tobin, one of the best lawyers in the United States, takes it upon him­self to rep­re­sent a ser­ial killer that he believes to be inno­cent. The cit­i­zens of the town of Oakville are out­raged, the Chief of Police is angry and the dis­trict attor­ney is out to get Jack. The crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem as a whole is not too happy either. The Lawyer’s Lawyer by James Shee­han was a delight to read. I got this book a few months ago, but just picked it up and fin­ished it in about two days. While there are sev­eral direc­tions the book pulls the reader towards, the real strength lays in the court­room drama which Mr. Shee­han so elo­quently brings to life. I’ll even go fur­ther and say that the side­bars the lawyers had while approach­ing the bench were some of the most inter­est­ing, fas­ci­nat­ing con­ver­sa­tion I’ve read in this genre. The author did a great job telling the story while stay­ing away from many tech­ni­cal terms (“legalese”) and if used, explain­ing them almost imme­di­ately. The nar­ra­tive is smooth and elo­quent which makes for an easy read despite the setting. The pro­tag­o­nist of the book, Jack Tobin, is too per­fect. He is rich, retired in fact, and only rep­re­sent clients for char­ity. Jack has a volatile con­scious which makes one won­der how he became not only a suc­cess­ful lawyer, but a “lawyer’s lawyer” – the one lawyers them­selves call when they get in trou­ble. The reader is reminded much too often about what a good per­son Jack is and how self­less he is that it seems unbe­liev­able at times. Mr. Shee­han did a fan­tas­tic job writ­ing a very inter­est­ing book. The legal bat­tles between the judge, the defense and the dis­trict attor­ney bring the book to life and reminds the reader that a trial is not nec­es­sar­ily about the accused.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
I finished this compelling book in one day. I simply could not put it down. The protagonist, Jack Tobin, has made enough money to retire, so he takes cases of wrongly convicted people on death row. He works for no fee with a drive to bring justice to the criminal system. I enjoyed Jack's friendship with Henry, a former death row prisoner set free through Jack's efforts. Henry literally owes his life to Jack and becomes a devoted employee. The twosome is hard to beat. There are twists and turns that surprise. I really enjoyed this thriller. Contains profanity. Thank you to Sarah Reck at Center Street for my copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I read his other two book first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love "courtroom drama" and The Lawyer's Lawyer ranks among one of the best reads. It was a book that was difficult to put down. Kudos to James Sheehan for a job well done. Now I will catch up by reading his other books and so far have not been disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to be able to pull a story like this his together. It is so amazing to me, when I read such a book as this, as to the talent of the author. Excellent read the whole way through. This is my 2nd time reading this book, and will do so again down the road. I have read 3 books b you his Author and will look for and read the rest! Read it!
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Loved every minute. Ended up losing sleep to finish the story
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Enjoyed it, although the characters did not have great depth. A very good ending.
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Kept my interest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A reasonably good legal "thriller."  I'm inclined to read another by the author, and coming from a lawyer, that's pretty high praise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of authentic detail &provides lots of food for thought!
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enjoyed this book from cover to cover.
D2120 More than 1 year ago
lots of twist and turns - good til the very end. Very good read
marc-medios More than 1 year ago
Spoiler alert, he uses some of the same artifices on both books (e.g., the coroner filing a secondary report). Not bad overall, especially if, like me, you read it on a flight to Dallas or at the gym in your tablet. The ending --and, no, no spoilers here-- is too, way too, too much, incredible. Just doesn't fly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lawyer's Lawyer is a fairly good read. The author seems quite knowledgeable about police interaction with each other and the D.A. The storyline is engaging and you get a good feel for the characters. That being said,the one thing that I felt was lacking in this book is throughout the "action" scenes there's a lack of descriptives to truly engage and frighten the reader. You don't actually get lost in the moments of terror as much as you're reading about them. I think that's the only missing element in this book. Other than that, I enjoyed the read!
ginca More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, not the very best, but certainly worth reading.
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This was not his first novel so after I read this excellent novel, I wanted to pick one he had done previously. Unfortunately, the earlier novel was mentioned in the novel I read, and I know what happened in the previous story line and conclusion. darn. Why would he do that?