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In The Guilty Plea and Old City Hall, critically-acclaimed Canadian author Robert Rotenberg created gripping page-turners that captured audiences in Canada and around the world. Rotenberg’s bestsellers do for Toronto what Ian Rankin has done for Edinburgh and Michael Connolly for Los Angeles. In Stray Bullets, Rotenberg takes the reader to a snowy November night. Outside aIn The Guilty Plea and Old City Hall, critically-acclaimed Canadian author Robert Rotenberg created gripping page-turners that captured audiences in Canada and around the world. Rotenberg’s bestsellers do for Toronto what Ian Rankin has done for Edinburgh and Michael Connolly for Los Angeles. In Stray Bullets, Rotenberg takes the reader to a snowy November night. Outside a busy downtown doughnut shop, gunshots ring out and a young boy is critically hurt. Soon Detective Ari Greene is on scene. How many shots were fired? How many guns? How many witnesses? With grieving parents and a city hungry for justice, the pressure is on to convict the man accused of this horrible crime. Against this tidal-wave of indignation, defence counsel Nancy Parish finds herself defending her oldest, and most difficult, client.But does anyone know the whole story? Stray Bullets is Robert Rotenberg’s third intricate mystery set on the streets and, in the courtrooms, of Toronto....

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Stray Bullets Reviews

  • James
    2018-11-14 23:09

    Very enjoyable court procedural set in Toronto.

  • Fictionophile
    2018-11-12 23:58

    In just a split-second an event can take place which impacts myriad lives. Not a profound premise perhaps, but all too true nonetheless. The novel “Stray Bullets” exemplifies this premise with a case that draws the reader to know more.It is a frosty November day in Toronto… An ex-con is jealous of his former girlfriend’s new partner. He hangs around her workplace hoping to confront his successor… Shots are fired in the parking lot of a Tim Horton’s restaurant. A father and his young four-year-old son are innocently going into the Tim’s to buy a doughnut. A stray bullet enters the young boy’s skull.This tragic, horrific event is the catalyst for Robert Rotenberg’s latest legal thriller. Written with the consummate skill and sound knowledge of an author who ‘writes what he knows’, “Stray Bullets” is genre fiction at its finest. The author, a criminal attorney practicing in Toronto has an insider’s knowledge of the legal system and all those characters who contribute to the workings of a criminal case and the pressure by the media and citizenry to see justice done.It is hard to pinpoint a protagonist for this novel because the many memorable and colorful characters are written with such understanding and with such insight that the reader gets to ‘know’ them all. If this novel were to be made into a movie, it would be one with an ensemble cast. The reader knows enough of the characters to invest in them. Whether it be the lawyers, the police, the victims, or the witnesses – all are given the respect and background that make the reader invest in them equally.Rotenberg aptly describes the pain and anguish of the victims. The desperation and fear of the accused. The diligence – and sometimes lack thereof – of the police. The frustration and long arduous hours in the working life of a criminal lawyer who must play the system to glean facts from often murky testimony.Nothing is ever as clear as one would wish. What seems to be damning evidence can sometimes be read two or more ways. ‘Obvious’ guilt is subjective to the witnesses memory of the event.We meet Daniel Kennicott, the former lawyer turned police officer, who was first on the scene. Ari Green, the homicide detective on the case. Nancy Parish, the workaholic defense attorney. Her client, the accused Larkin St. Clair. The crown’s prosecuting attorney, Ralph Armitage. Witnesses both willing and unwilling. Players moral and immoral. And let’s not forget another major character in this novel – the city of Toronto itself. With a keen sense of place the author describes Toronto’s climate, it’s diversity and it’s social sensibilities.A legal thriller that rivals (or to my mind surpasses) anything written by Grisham. A page turner, with the reader wondering which of the tiny details mentioned could be the one that makes or breaks the case – which one will make or break the reputation or even the career track of those involved.I guess you should read it and see…

  • Luanne Ollivier
    2018-11-21 22:52

    Stray Bullets is Toronto lawyer Robert Rotenberg's third novel and it releases today. I have to say - Rotenberg keeps getting better and better. This is my favourite so far.Cedric Wilkinson and his four year old son Kyle stop by a Toronto Tim Hortons for a quick donut one November evening. It's the first time Kyle has seen snow. And sadly it's his last - Kyle is struck by a bullet meant for someone else. Only one witness knows exactly what went down and he runs - he's in the country illegally.Recurring characters Homicide Detective Ari Greene, Officer Daniel Kennicott and lawyer Nancy Parish return. It doesn't take long for those involved to be arrested, but who really did the killing? While head Crown Attorney and local philanthropist Ralph Armitage makes a quick deal to close the case, Greene isn't convinced it's the right play. He continues to investigate, despite Armitage's assurances that they've got the killer cold. Parish doesn't think so either - for once, she believes her long time client Larkin St. Clair when he says he's innocent. The wild card? The missing witness....Rotenberg uses his own knowledge of the Canadian legal system to great advantage. The details, settings, dialogue and situations all ring true. The plotting was excellent, nicely leading the actual whodunit to a grand finale in the final chapters. Sadly the premise of this case is not too far from recent newspaper headlines. It's so enjoyable to read a book set in Canada, even more so when I'm familiar with Toronto and the locations Rotenberg describes. (One small peeve - Uncle Tom's Cabin is in Dresden, not Chatham) I quite enjoy the characters and the window into their personal lives outside of the cases. Greene is a likable protagonist and I'm quite taken with Nancy Parish . I liked the addition of Sikh Constable Darvesh and hope he makes it to future books. The stage has been set for book number four and this reader will have it on my must read list. (And I want to know what's in Green's father's envelope!) Those looking for an excellent legal thriller series will find it here.

  • Matt
    2018-11-15 17:01

    Every author needs their niche. Rotenberg has found his, writing legal dramas (with courtroom trial), much like some of the better work of Grisham and Michael Connelly. What sets Rotenberg apart is his use of Canada (Toronto specifically) to really bring the stories home for me. While I sit through much of the US courtroom drama in many a book, or description of US or European cities, Rotenberg makes us Canadians proud by setting his books in Canada and using its Canadiana (Timmy's, the double double, 'eh', and even the victory-plagued Toronto Maple Leafs) to bring the story alive. He adds in the small nuances that show the differences between the Canadian and American systems of law and courtroom etiquette. This does help brighten the story and its plot, but set in any city, Rotenberg would have a hit on his hands.The story follow his usual framework, advancing through the months of the investigation and pushing its way into the courtroom, where a full-on trial decides what will come of the evidence. Many of the characters pursue their own personal lives as they do their duties, sometimes intertwining with one another, but they never lose sight of the task at hand. I feel that some authors use their books (particularly ones with a legal angle) to push their opinions on a certain aspect of the law. Rotenberg appears not to do this, choosing instead to let the actors go through their motions and see what floats to the top.I have always enjoyed Rotenberg's books and will keep doing so for as long as he publishes them. His use of Toronto does bring the story home and I do chuckle as he has to explain terms (double double) to those who may not be ensconced in the lingo.Kudos Mr. Rotenberg. A fabulous book with a great story!

  • Zack
    2018-12-01 18:20

    This book reminded me precisely why I hate lawyers. Conniving, self serving and lying little ******. But believe me this book is about so much more. It is a very thorough look into the legal, police and bureaucratic systems in Toronto. But don't be alarmed by this, the book isn't even one bit dull. This book might not to be a thriller but the utterly beautiful writing by author Robert Rotenberg makes even routine courtroom drama feel breathtakingly suspenseful. This book also offers an insight into the psychology that goes into every case in the courtroom. You feel like the author has summed up his entire experience as a practicing criminal lawyer into 300 pages. The jury are people and they can be manipulated like all normal people and the mind games that go into convincing the jury of your own view are mind boggling. There is a reason it takes lawyers so much time to learn the ways of the legal system.Torontonians will instantly connect with the atmosphere presented in this book. Unfortunately due to recent high profile shootings you might connect with this book more than any citizen might like to.

  • Sarah (Workaday Reads)
    2018-12-05 23:11

    This was a straight forward police procedure combined with courtroom drama story. The biggest “twist” is that it is very Canadian. The story is set in Toronto, Ontario, with locals sure to recognize scenery. The story clears shows the way the Canadian law and court systems work, with their subtle differences from US systems.I loved the sense of familiarity this book had. I find court-based stories to be rather relaxing as there is a definite pattern and expectation to the plot. Reading them is like wearing comfortable pyjamas, and to experience that with a Canadian version makes them flannel pjs.This is the third in a series, yet is still very much a stand alone story. There are characters from previous installments, as well as some new faces. It was nice to catch up with everyone as they investigated a rather tragic situation.Overall, this was a great read. It fit all my expectations for this type of story, with the added bonus of a familiar setting.

  • M.
    2018-11-23 21:14

    4-1/2 Stars.Mr Rotenberg has a new fan! Characters so human in a thoroughly compelling, frighteningly realistic, story.And you may actually feel a rush when justice finally rips off her blindfold. I certainly did.

  • Robin Spano
    2018-11-17 18:16

    This guy moves words around like a pro. LOVE the characters. Esp. Nancy.

  • Suzanne Tremblay
    2018-12-11 23:14

    I thoroughly enjoy reading this crime novel set in Toronto. This is my second Ari Greene's detective story and I find myself getting attached to the characters, knowing them a little better each time.It is fast paced (enough for me anyway), well written, well reasoned, plausible and best of all, it has the hallmark of a Canadian book in terms of human qualities, reactions, dispositions. There are evil and good people in Canada as well, but mostly good people who do evil deeds in moments of weaknesses or for self agrandisement.Here Chief Crown counsel Ralph Armitage of the famously rich Armitage family makes an ill-advised deal with Cutter, lawyer for one of the prospective accused in a child murder case, protecting his client Dewey Booth from prosecution. Armitage's motive to get on the deal was the promised of locating the murder weapon which would incriminate the accused Larkin St-clair, already in police custody. Hard to refuse, and one can see that the desire to prosecute and win with its attendant glory, would sway a a crown attorney. However, from here, things get worse for Armitage.Greene remains the cool headed, perseverant, hard working detective along with Kennicott, his side kick whose brother's murder remains Greene only unsolved case, years after it occurred and like a thorn on his side, keeps bugging him.It surprises me that I am enjoying these novels but I cannot wait to read the next one.

  • Richard Schwindt
    2018-12-03 20:17

    Robert Rotenberg, along with Philip Slayton have written two of the best Toronto based legal thrillers I have read. Stray Bullets begins with tragedy and weaves story lines together, involving criminals, police, Judges, lawyers and witnesses. A little boy is killed in the crossfire of an ugly conflict between young criminals and Officers Kennicott and Greene are among the first on the scene. Sorting out what actually happened is complicated and sets in motion a struggle involving a psychopath, a missing witness, a venal Crown Attorney and a committed Defense Attorney trying to navigate her not quite innocent client through the system. If you love the Toronto backdrop and tense procedural crime dramas you will love this book. Highly recommended.

  • Sharon
    2018-11-22 00:16

    At Tim Horton’s a young child is caught in gunfire and when he dies, the police’s job is intensified. We see the return of lawyer Nancy Parish to defend an old client from first-degree charges. He refuses to defend himself, in fact he refuses to talk about the incident at all. The Crown Prosecutor, Ralph Armitage makes an ill-advised deal with the accused’s companion. It seems like a slam-dunk, to Armitage that is.Detective Ari Green and Daniel Kennicott know the Crown has made a huge mistake and continue their investigation regardless of the ensuing trial. There are so many variables in this case, a quick trial is not the solution.

  • Brace1737
    2018-12-06 19:18

    Mr. Rotenberg can really tell a tale. Read the series in order. His books have a certain "Law & Order"theme to them. Detective Greene starts the investigation and then turns it over to the lawyers and then returns at the end.In his novel the shooting death of a child causes an uproar throughout Canada. You will learn a lot about the Canadian legal system as the plot twists and turns.

  • James T Roberts
    2018-12-02 20:02

    Not much depth to the characters. The plot was predictable and contrived.

  • Linda
    2018-12-09 00:10

    On a snowy evening in November a young boy is critically injured. Detective Ari Greene is on the case in the 3rd book in this series. The courtroom scenes are very compelling.

  • Stephanie Taylor-baptiste
    2018-12-03 18:08

    Robert Rotenberg’s Stray Bullets is an entertaining, albeit mindless read. The story takes place in Toronto, Canada and involves the murder of a young boy outside a Tim Horton’s and the pursuit to find the truth in what happened. It was a quick and easy book, a good novel for anyone looking for some simple mystery.The story starts with a shooting incident during the season’s first November snow fall and continues through the trial of the suspect. It was engaging and Rotenberg does an excellent job of keeping you reading, especially by ending his short but numerous chapters with cliff hangers.Rotenberg’s book has been heralded as “doing for Toronto what Ian Rankin did for Edinburgh”, however, I disagree. Having read Rankin’s books, I enjoyed them a lot more than I did this one. Maybe I’m being biased due to the fact I’m Canadian, but I felt it was too “Canadian”. It seemed like Rotenberg repeatedly named commonly-known street names and intersections just for the sake of reinforcing his Toronto setting. The technique didn’t add anything particular to the plot, and didn’t allow me to picture the action any more clearly.Stray Bullets is part of a series of books that revolve around Detective Ari Greene. Interestingly, each chapter is shown from a different characters point of view. Although not written in first person, each chapter was seen from the eyes of Detective Greene, or the Crown Attorney, or the defence attorney, etc. He also didn’t find a way to establish any sort of connection with the characters. They were just figures inside of a story. On top of that, Rotenberg has a funny habit of continuously reminding the reader of who characters are even though you’ve come across them numerous times already. It was somewhat repetitive and occasionally frustrating.Overall, Stray Bullets was a good, quick read. It was exactly what I was looking for after finishing the marathon of a book that is A Storm of Swords in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Rotenberg kept my attention, not because it was a profoundly captivating book, but more so because I just wanted to know the outcome once I had started reading it. All that being said, it’s a fine summer novel to decompress on between books.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2018-12-08 22:05

    This is the third book in the legal mystery series based in Toronto. The first was Old City Hall, followed by The Guilty Plea. We have Detective Ari Greene and Officer Kennicott back, and they both get a good share of the action both on the case and in their personal life. Another character we see back is criminal lawyer Nancy Parish.As the book begins, Nancy is about to leave for a long-awaited vacation in Mexico. But downtown, at a Tim Hortons, a tragic situation unfolds. The jealous ex-boyfriend of one of the employees is just out of jail and she is worried he will show up, confiding in a co-worker. As she leaves at the end of her shift, her fears are realized and her ex and his friend appear as her new boyfriend arrives to pick her up. Shots are fired and a small boy is hit in the head. Security cameras pick up some of what has happened, but not the defining actions.As the police arrive and try to make sense of things, those involved run. It is one of those, the ex-boyfriend's friend Larkin St. Clair that is Nancy's long-time client. And his picture is now on the front page of the paper. As Nancy fights to defend Larkin, and the police try to figure out what really happened at the coffee shop, the new Crown Attorney takes on his first murder case.Giving us real insights into the legal and police worlds, Rotenberg has also taken on what seems to be a more common criminal situation today, the involvement of the innocent bystander. With the recent Eaton Centre shooting and College Street shooting, we see how more and more often criminals choose busy public places when carrying out their deadly intentions.The writing is great, Rotenberg seems to get better and better with each book. I know he is a hot author at my library and this new release will only raise his profile further.

  • Lyle Appleyard
    2018-12-08 17:58

    I received a copy of this book from the GoodReads Giveaway.Some people say that they are hooked on the book at the first line. It usually takes me awhile to get into a book. With this book it did not take me long to get into it.This book had nice short chapters. I like that. Makes it easier to read, not that this book was hard to read. Smaller chapters make it easy to read the book when you have a few miunutes during the day. I like to start and end on a chapter. Each chapter moved the story forward and gave us a tease to keep reading.I found the book to be very character developed. The author did a great job in developing the character of the major character. Their character determined their actions and their reactions. You really start to cheer for some characters and hate some characters. That is what made the book so enthralling to me. The character deelopement.I found the story very compelling. This was a crime novel. The story revolves around going from the crime to trial. The author, who is a lawyer, did a great job of showing how all the different characters contributed to the solving of the case. The lead police detective is the real hero of the story. That is where he case is won, before it even reaches trial. The author did keep us guessing as to what really happened until the very end.At the ending everything wrapped up very quickly. And very nicely. Close to ahppy ending. I almost felt the author was tired and want to move on.I have not visited Toronto for several years. I used to travel there on a regular basis with my old job. I felt like i was back there. Although I am still wondering if there is a Tim Horton's at University and Elm. Why not, they are everywhere.I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book. I will have to try and read the author's other novels.

  • Lara Kleinschroth
    2018-12-05 23:18

    I've been wanting to read Robert Rotenberg's first two books but haven't had the chance yet, so was very pleased to receive this, his third, as a First Reads Giveaway. It was very easy to pick up Stray Bullets without having read the first two - it is a stand alone book. Several of the characters are obviously regulars to his books, and Rotenberg does a fine job of giving plenty of back story. The quick pace and short chapters keep you on your toes - a good page turner for sure, without being melodramatic or cliched. Each short chapter advances the story from various points of view - the defence lawyer, the prosecution, the lead detective, the first policeman on the scene, the accused, etc. While a good device, it felt a little scattered, and I would have preferred spending more time with a few key characters, getting to know them better. Rotenberg does a great job of sprinkling in background information on those characters, and one gets the sense that he will be slowly developing them throughout his books. Making you want to come back for more, of course!It's great fun to read a book set in Toronto, with all the familiar sights and sounds of the city. It was somewhat annoying that Rotenberg felt he had to explain particular Canadianisms - Victoria Day, a 2-4 of beer, a Tim's double-double, etc. He is obviously writing to an international audience, but if they are interested in learning more about Victoria Day, let them look it up. It jolts the reader out of the story when the writer stops to explain things.It could have used a tighter editing, and definitely closer proofreading, but was overall a very enjoyable read. I'll be going back to read the first two, and can't wait for the next.

  • Ashley
    2018-11-12 20:00

    I cannot say enough good things about Robert Rotenberg's Stray Bullets. A four year old boy has been shot and Toronto is in an uproar about it. The police are trying to figure out exactly what happened, but nobody actually saw what happened and the lawyers are doing their best for their clients. It's an interesting combination. We get to see the police investigation and the lawyer's process for both sides, the crown and the defense. It reminded me a bit of watching Law and Order. At times I got the characters confused because there were so many to follow, but other than that it was pretty easy to follow. I loved the structure. The big mystery over what actually happened last night is maddening. There are people who know, but they're not speaking. I enjoyed the legal drama. It seemed very realistic, Rotenberg is also a lawyer and it shows. His inside knowledge brought a realistic feel, including everything that goes on behind the scenes. The case takes months and the book is structured around the changing calendar with the action culminating on the May 24 Victoria Day weekend.Most of the characters were enjoyable. They weren't perfect, but they were relatable and it was interesting to read about their personal lives (they didn't dominate the story, so some sprinklings were okay). I haven't read any of Rotenberg's other books, but I hope some of them are recurring characters. That having been said the crown attorney was flat. I could predict his actions and the consequences at points. He could have been a bit more well rounded. That was the only thing keeping me from giving the book five stars.Rotenberg has created a thrilling courtroom drama with Stray Bullets. I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

  • Justin Melter
    2018-11-28 19:57

    Firstly, I received this book as a Goodreads First-reads winner. Thank you to Mr. Rotenberg, Simon & Schuster Canada and of course Goodreads!What a great book for any mystery loving Canadian, maybe just every Canadian. How refreshing it was to hear the names, the places and Canadianisms which abound in this book. Perhaps this made me bias but who cares, I loved it!The story itself is a good one starting with a murder of an innocent little boy and then jumping between a whole bunch of people's perspectives of the situation as it goes from crime scene to sentencing. This all I felt added a lot of realism to it. From detectives, to constables, crown attorneys, criminals, witnesses and many more I loved how he can jump from a high powered attorney's point of view to an illegal immigrant or criminal with such smooth and believable transitioning. Mr. Rotenberg's real life experience is essential to this story since you feel as if the story was taken right out of a court room. Anyone who has dealt with any aspect of the Canadian legal system will understand and agree. I can't wait to read the other books and think that Mr. Rotenberg is a hidden Canadian treasure. If you haven't given him a shot please do. I am a huge John Grisham fan, someone who he is constantly compared to, but I think that Rotenberg may just have one up on him. Thank you again to Goodreads, Simon & Schuster Canada and Mr. Rotenberg. I really enjoyed it.

  • Philip
    2018-11-19 00:57

    In my opinion "Stray Bullets", the 3rd in the series, is a much better read than "The Guilty Plea". the 2nd one. Robert Rotenberg sure has the Toronto weather nailed down perfectly and makes it, along with all the rest of the Toronto location, a character in itself in the story. This is a topnotch police procedural and courtroom drama but it is not a mystery novel, as everyone knows "whodunit" but not necessarily the "Hows & the Whys", almost from the beginning. I would rate this a 5 star read except for the rather anti-climatic ending. Robert seems to have, in all his novels so far, a problem with how to get them to end! Of course he is not alone in this regard as the weak and wishy-washy endings happen in many books of this genre by many other authors. The other thing that is missing, and would really enhance the book, is a humourous subplot to provide some much needed comic relief. This was present in "Old City Hall" with the chaos created by Toronto Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup but has, almost completely, disappeared from the following two novels. Ari's father and the mysterious envelope could have filled this need if it had been given a much larger role. This minor fault is probably what gives William Deverell's "Arthur Beauchamp" series, with Arthur's adventures on Garibaldi Island, a slight edge over Robert Rotenberg's series.I'm waiting, impatiently, for the next great entry in this wonderful series.

  • Sue
    2018-11-16 22:13

    Stray Bullets by Robert RotenbergI purchased this book, as I heard so many great things about it through Goodreads from other members.I was not disappointed, and I cannot say enough good things about Robert Rotenberg's Stray Bullets. A four year old boy has been shot and Toronto is in an uproar about it. The police are trying to figure out exactly what happened, but nobody actually saw what happened and the lawyers are doing their best for their clients. It's an interesting combination. We get to see the police investigation and the lawyer's process for both sides, the crown and the defense. But what actually happened? There are people who know, but they're not speaking. I enjoyed the legal drama. It seemed very realistic, Rotenberg is also a lawyer and it shows. His inside knowledge brought a realistic feel, including everything that goes on behind the scenes. The story takes place in Toronto, and as I live in Toronto, this added a new dimension.The case takes months and the book is structured around the action culminating on the May 24 Victoria Day weekend.I haven't read any of Rotenberg's other books, but definately plan to read his first two books.Rotenberg has created a thrilling courtroom drama with Stray Bullets.

  • Richard Thompson
    2018-11-12 21:05

    The third in the series that with Rotenberg's OLD CITY HALL, again featuring Toronto police detective Ari Greene. I really enjoyed OLD CITY HALL, but I was bit disappointed in THE GUILTY PLEA which used a very similar plot structure to OLD CITY HALL.This one, though, redeems the series. A little boy is killed in front of a Tim Hortons in downtown Toronto when a trio of petty criminals decide to settle their grievances with guns. Deals are made, witnesses disappear, there is much legal jousting.A good read.16. MemoryWalk: The old Shooters Pub in Parkwood Mall which has reopened as a Tim Hortons. A cold November afternoon. It has just started to snow. Several lawyers in black robes have just gone in for doughnuts and coffee. Two young men, one tall with long hair, one short with red hair are lurking in the alley way leading to the cover parking area when a man and his young son approach the door to the doughnut shop. A car pulls into the parking lot. The two lurkers step out of the alley. Shots are fired. The car screeches away. The two lurkers flee up the stairs to the upper parking lot. And by the door to the Tim Hortons, the boy lies motionless on the sideway as his father screams for someone to call 911.

  • Patrdr
    2018-11-30 22:20

    This was fun. A courtroom drama set in Toronto where the author worked as a criminal lawyer. Toronto readers will enjoy the local settings. Future visitors to Toronto will not be led astray by Rotenberg's settings of our neighborhoods.The author has great fun with Toronto's multicultural character, something the city's residents are proud of.A young boy is killed by a 'stray bullet as he heads with his dad to a downtown Tim Hortons on the first snowy day of winter. A dispute between pretty plausible southern Ontario petty criminals leads to the tragedy. But how did it happen? Who fired the shot?The smarmy chief crown attorney decides to take the case on himself, though he is known betteras a manager and bueraucrat than as a lawyer. In his anxiety to get an outcome, he cuts a dubious deal with one of the low lifes. And from there, the tragi-comedy unfurls.The writing is occassionall clunky but the story moves at a fine pace and sustains interest. This is part of a series featuring interesting cops and lawyers with back stories and personal lives that promise a steady flow of good reads.

  • Jaxon Burgess Burgess
    2018-11-19 21:20

    This author is a decent writer who needs an editor to check his facts. It is irksome in a police procedural when facts essential to the case are just wrong. This story turns on a deal centered around the pistol used in the killing of a boy, which is described as a Desert Eagle semi-automatic revolver. Historically there actually were a few pistols described as "automatic revolvers". These were pistols that, when fired, rotated the cartridge cylinder and cocked the firing hammer in preparation for the next shot and so were actually semi-automatics. But the Desert Eagle semi-automatic is certainly not one of them. The Desert Eagle is a gas recoil-operated, semi-automatic much like the .45 caliber M1911 used by the US military from 1911-1985, but packing more punch. It uses a spring-loaded magazine to load cartridges into the firing chamber, has no cartridge cylinder and is therefore not a revolver like one might see in western movies.If this small lad were actually hit behind the ear by a round fired from a Desert Eagle, they would not be looking for the slug, but for his head.

  • Teena in Toronto
    2018-11-19 21:57

    I've read Rotenberg's first two books in this series and enjoyed them. Plus I'd heard him speak in September ... he did a reading from Stray Bullets, which at that time was still in a binder.This books brings back characters from his last two books like Ari Greene, Daniel Kennicott and Nancy Parish. The story takes place in Toronto so I knew exactly where the action is happening. If you're not in Toronto, don't worry, you wouldn't find it annoying.I liked this one the best of the three in the series. A child is shot and killed at a Tim Horton's downtown (at University Avenue/Dundas Street W). We think we know right away who did it and why (but do we?). In the first two books, we didn't find out until the end. It was interesting to see the twists and turns to get to the end.We get to know the characters away from their legal roles and there is a possible romantic cliffhanger at the end.I'd recommend this book and this series.Blog review:

  • Kris
    2018-11-24 19:14

    'Stray Bullets' by Robert Rotenberg is an exciting read. The book literally begins with a bang when a child is gunned down in front of a Tim Horton's in Toronto. Rotenberg quickly introduces the reader to the detectives who are investigating the crime as well as the Crown and Defense lawyers. There is good character development throughout the book, making it easy to connect with the protagonists. The author's knowledge about criminal proceedings shines throughout the book and it is refreshing to read a novel set in Canada. I enjoyed this legal thriller, it seemed believable while being entertaining. My one mild criticism is that Rotenberg really should do a bit more research on geography. One of his characters travels to Chatham, Ontario during the book and Rotenberg's knowledge of Chatham-Kent was shaky at best. First Chatham is a small city, not a small town and second, Uncle Tom's Cabin is located in Dresdan, not Chatham. As I said minor criticisms from an otherwise wonderful read.

  • Anne Marie
    2018-12-06 23:17

    I received Stray Bullets from a good reads give away to review. The reason why I entered the give away other than the fact that I love reading is because I love books involving crime. What I liked about this book is that it is based out of Canada (which there aren't so many crime books that are). Also, that the author Robert Rotenberg is a criminal law lawyer. Seeing as he is a lawyer it helps him get into the lawyer characters more. I had such a hard time putting myself in the shows of the parents that lost their little boy. Only because I personally couldn't handle it and then deal with everything else. I hated the fact how Ralph Armitage made the deal with Dowey and then tried to cover it up after the witness came forward to say he seen it all. It sucks knowing that this actually happens in real life. I truly did enjoy reading Stray Bullets and I would recommend it to all my friends and family. I look forward to reading more books by Robert Rotenberg.

  • Deb
    2018-11-13 23:18

    This is the third legal procedural by criminal attorney Robert Rotenberg featuring an ensemble cast and set in Toronto. A four-year-old boy is caught in gunfire and when he dies, the whole city is horrified. Nancy Parish's job is to defend a long-time client from charges of first degree murder who refuses to explain to her what actually happened, even when his best friend, another suspect, makes a deal with Ralph Armitage, the new Crown prosecutor naming him as the shooter. Detective Arie Greene and David Kennicott both believe that the Crown made a major mistake because some of the evidence doesn't add up. And there is a missing witness who has disappeared. The legal process is meticulously laid out, and there are definitely some surprises during the trial. Rotenberg kept me glued to the page.

  • Tobin Elliott
    2018-11-12 18:53

    I gotta say, I wasn't expecting much from this novel going in. I've read fewer and fewer legal thrillers lately because, quite frankly, they were boring or unforgivably stupid in both premise and execution (I'm looking at you Mr. John "I used to give a shit about my readers but not any more" Grisham).But with this novel, I was taken in almost immediately. Rotenberg got to the action quickly, set up the main storyline immediately, and then brought in the key characters cleanly. Were some of the cast a touch wooden? Maybe a touch, but it's also a reasonably large cast, so that's forgivable. On the other hand, were most of them well-drawn? Yes.And the story was immediate and gripping. So, now that I've started with book three in the series, I'll definitely be going back and checking out the rest. If you enjoy legal thrillers, then this is a fantastic author to look into.