Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Book Review: The Alligator Man by James Sheehan

Title:  The Alligator Man
Author:  James Sheehan
Genre:  Thriller and Suspense
Publisher: Center Street
Release Date:  September 29, 2015

From the Back Cover:

Kevin Wylie's crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevin's long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides to leave Miami and visit his father, who he hasn't seen in 28 years. Heading back to his hometown, Kevin doesn't realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case.

The victim, one of the richest and most-hated corporate criminals in America has been dubbed The Alligator Man after pieces of his clothing were found in a local swamp. Billy Fuller had every reason to want the victim dead and all the evidence leads right to his doorstep. But legendary lawyer Tom Wylie believes in Billy and he and his son reunite to fight for Billy's life.

The Alligator Man is a story of greed, anger, love, redemption and two powerful trial attorneys who fight to the end-- and risk everything--for the truth.

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

My Review:

Oh my!  This was one of those books that you just can't wait to get to the end to see how it all works out... but then when you get there you don't want it to end!  THE ALLIGATOR MAN is a legal thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, unable to put this book down.  I started reading this after it was recommended by my book club.  What a great recommendation! 

About one-third of the way through the book, life got in the way and I had to switch to the audible version of the book in order to get to my laundry and shop for groceries.  The audio version was so fantastic, I started all over again!  Great narration!

James Sheehan does an amazing job of developing his characters to the point where the reader feels they know them personally.  I smiled and I cried... you know, like with real tears streaming down my cheeks and clutching the box of tissues.  The story line is exciting with twists and turns in every chapter.  Just when I thought I had things figured out... WHAM!  Something new happens!

The story starts out with how one man, Roy Johnson, managed to ruin the lives of thousands of people.  He was the CEO of Dynatron, a major energy company that employed over twenty thousand people.  When Dynatron stock fell from $75 a share to fifty cents and then to nothing, the company declared bankruptcy.  Johnson managed to bail out early and left with a hundred million dollars.  The employees were left with nothing...  no job.. no pension... no health insurance.  One of those former employees, Billy Fuller, is charged with first-degree murder after it appears that Roy Johnson had been run off the road and his body eaten by alligators.  

Through a series of events, Kevin Wylie ends up defending Billy.  I don't want to give away any spoilers here, but the trial and all events before and after the trial are so well written and so carefully thought out that I am now a BIG fan of James Sheehan and I will be searching for more of his books!  

My Rating:

About the Author:

James Sheehan is the author of The Lawyer's LawyerThe 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 jamessheehanauthor.com


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