The Law Of Second Chances
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The Law Of Second Chances

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A rich man parks his expensive car in downtown New York. As he gets out of the car, he is surprised to see a young man in front of him, holding a gun. No need to panic. He's been in this situation before. It's surely about money, and therefore negotiable - isn't it? There's a sharp crack of a gun and then silence. A week later a small time crook has been arrested for murder. Two eye witnesses have put him at the scene of the crime, but did he pull the trigger? He's facing death row and if there's to be a law of second chances, he needs a good lawyer fast.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 106 x 172 x 42mm | 281.23g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552154954
  • 9780552154956
  • 384,465

Review quote

"Sheehan handles the courtroom stuff like a pro, dragging us through cross-examinations and procedural challenges with deftly hewn dialogue." The Times "Sheehan has written an outstanding legal debut full of rich characters. Full marks!" Independent on Sunday "Sheehan's book is a powerful polemic against the American legal system and above all against the death penalty." Literary Reviewshow more

About Professor James Sheehan

James Sheehan was born and raised in New York City and grew up in a four-room railroad apartment with his five brothers and sisters. He started working at the age of twelve, shining shoes at a local shoe repair shop. At fourteen, he had a newspaper route. During school, he worked at a local delicatessen, an antique store where he stripped and delivered furniture, as a construction worked during the summers, a short-order cook throughout his college years, and as a roofer's assistant while he attended graduate school in Florida. He is currently a trial attorney in Tampa, where he's practised law for many years. His experience of growing up in New York has shaped his life.show more

Review Text

"Sheehan has written an outstanding legal debut full of rich characters. Full marks!"show more

Back cover copy

Career criminal Henry Wilson has been on death row for seventeen years. His execution by lethal injection is just eight weeks away. Small-time crook Benny Avrile takes part in a high profile robbery that ends in murder. The cops are in hot pursuit. Both men will rely on trial lawyer and death-row advocate Jack Tobin to represent them. But dark clouds are on the horizon for Jack and his beautiful wife Pat. Will the Law of Second Chances come into play for any of them? Crime, dark secrets and a desperate race against time combine in a gripping legal thriller that is almost impossible to put down.show more

Rating details

373 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 30% (112)
4 43% (161)
3 21% (80)
2 4% (16)
1 1% (4)
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