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THE ALLIGATOR MAN: A Legal Thriller ~James Sheehan


In THE ALLIGATOR MAN a very drunk, wealthy, greedy man takes a late night walk and is a victim of a hit and run driver.  He is splashed into the swamp, there is a gator feeding frenzy and nearly everyone was happy about his demise.  But is that really the case?

A young defense attorney is making a name for himself and his pockets are jingling with the rewards and yet, his boss is becoming very upset with him and his growing celebrity status. The young man learns something unsavory about his boss and the law practice; of course something about himself also.  Why was he really fired?

A middle aged man loses everything when the big company in town folds; his pension, his house, his income, his best friend to suicide and his wife to cancer because the health insurance is gone too.  He must fend for himself and his 2 children and after 20 years the losses are great.   He heads off to see a man who was like a father to him as a boy, and discovers this fine small town lawyer is dying. What is he going to do to recover?

THE ALLIGATOR MAN is very fast moving, exciting, and doesn’t waste words on petty details that are not rugged and propelling the story forward.   There are plenty of words about fishing, wildlife in the Florida swamp land and courtroom finesse.  There is no fear of emotion in the writing and the old tales about the civil rights movement are just wonderful asides.  There is power and speed in this book.

I was not sure that I would like THE ALLIGATOR MAN as I was concerned it might be too graphic or over the top bloody, instead I found it to be a good read; I was really in touch with the characters and their struggles and problem-solving.   I very much liked that the two main women in the story were smart, capable and understood themselves.  The book has some good twists and turns; it really moves at quite a pace.  I think even reluctant readers would like THE ALLIGATOR MAN.

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TLC online book tours asked me to review this book and Center Street Publishers sent me a copy and I thank them very much for the opportunity to read THE ALLIGATOR MAN

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9 Responses to “THE ALLIGATOR MAN: A Legal Thriller ~James Sheehan”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – It’s been a really(!) long time since I read a legal thriller. I got a bit burned out on them back in “The Pelican Brief” days. But after reading this review, I’ve got to say…you’ve definitely dangled a tempting carrot!

    Patricia Reply:

    Laurie,
    I know about legal thrillers…I think the Pelican Brief too – this is good story telling. The woman lawyer later in the story is well written too not demeaning

    I enjoyed it very much

    I am having some internet problems right now – I hope I can get a remedy soon…several blogs I can not write on or link to other sites…
    I am writing this here so other readers will know also…a bit frustrated
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  2. Talon Says:

    I love those types of fast-paced reads. Always adored Grisham’s stuff and re-read some once in a while. I’ll put this on my Christmas wish list…yes! I used the word. :)

    Hope your internet issues are resolved easily and quickly, Patricia.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Kim and fast paced and terrific read. I can imagine this a movie too

  3. James Sheehan, author of The Alligator Man, on tour November/December 2013 | TLC Book Tours Says:

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  4. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I’m glad that you enjoyed this book in spite of your initial reservations! Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC”s Facebook page today.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    Thanks for the kind words and I did enjoy the book – and for the shout out – !

  5. Sam Juliano Says:

    Sheehan has plenty of fans, and the set-up for this thriller sounds utterly irresistible. You really have me wanting to read it.

    Excellent review, patricia.

    Patricia Reply:

    Sam,
    I enjoyed this book and fast read – Yes I think he is a popular author.

    I am watching Elizabeth Gilbert and Annie Lamont out there sharing their new books with social media – I wonder if Mr. Sheehan will get out there too? The gals have already made the best seller lists and one has sold a Million Copies already!