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More Grisham lite than Turow weighty, Peacock's second legal thriller falls short of the standard set by his Edgar-finalist debut, A Cure for the Night. When Duncan Riley, a rising star at a prestigious New York City law firm, accepts a pro bono eviction case, he welcomes this relatively straightforward diversion from the tedium of litigation practice. Then a complication arises: Riley's client, Rafael Nazario, is charged with the murder of the security guard at Nazario's public housing project who'd falsely accused him of smoking pot. While Riley gets approval from his mentor to continue representing Nazario, he feels pressured to cut a deal for his client, whom he genuinely believes to be innocent. Meanwhile, the attorney is receiving a great deal of attention from another client, Leah Roth, heiress apparent to a large real estate empire under scrutiny for its role in a deadly accident at one of its buildings. Peacock underdoes his characters' psychology, while the deus ex machina Riley uses to prove a sinister plot undercuts the book's atmosphere of gritty realism.
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On the fast track to making partner at the prestigious Manhattan law firm of Blake and Wolcott, Duncan Riley is working to protect a big client, developer Roth Properties, in the wake of a fatal accident during the construction of a luxury condo. But he becomes more interested in his pro bono case defending teenager Rafael Nazario, first on a trumped-up pot charge that will get his family evicted from their apartment in a project that’s being turned into mixed-use housing, then on a charge of killing the security guard who busted him. Investigative reporter Candace Snow, Duncan’s adversary in a libel suit brought by Roth, becomes his ally after he’s ordered off the Nazario case and suspects that something’s wrong. As Duncan’s zeal and personal involvement with scion Leah Roth lead to trouble, he and Candace uncover a spiraling plan to hide corruption by any means necessary. Although some judicious editing could have tightened the narrative early on, Peacock (A Cure for Night, 2008) has a sure touch with legal thrillers, and this one thunders to a gripping conclusion. --Michele Leber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767932455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767932455
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the author of the novels "A Cure for Night" and "Blind Man's Alley." I live in Brooklyn, where I am presently writing my third novel.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TicToc on August 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Duncan Riley has worked his way to the top of his profession and is at that place in his career as an attorney to be accepted as a partner. He has been groomed for the part by his mentor and brought in on many of the top concerns involving the very top clients of the firm, including Roth properties. They are working on a libel suit involving a story in the newspaper and Duncan is deposing the witness's, including the journalist as well as members of Roth properties. A section of one of Roth's holdings collapsed during construction, killing three of the workers. The Article suggested possible Mob involvement and kickbacks. The Journalist Candace Snow is a fierce competitor and does not give at all under the questioning. It in fact seems to make her even more determined that some hidden agenda is happening.

At the same time, Blake and Wolcott, the firm he works for has lost some of its shine as a Top firm and has Duncan also working the pro bono case of a family being evicted from one of the tenements that is now being upgraded and owned by Roth Properties. Duncan has some concern that this could create a conflict of interest but is assured both by his mentor Steven Blake as well as Simon Roth's daughter Leah that there is no conflict. Duncan works the Roth case by rote, researching information, filing information, putting together memos, and all the staid but important work that fills the company coffers through billable hours. He finds his mind occasionally straying to his other case involving a teenage boy Rafael and his grandmother. Rafael has been accused of smoking Pot and agreed to a plea bargain that was going to keep him out of jail and with his grandma. He denied quite vehemently that he ever had anything to do with drugs, but his court appointed attorney did not really care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lady g on January 30, 2013
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When a concrete floor three hundred feet up in the Aurora Tower development in Soho collapses hurling three workers to their deaths.Roth properties the developer ( owner Simon Roth ) faces a vast tangle of legal problems including allegations of mob connections. His long time lawyers at Blake and Wolcott an elite midtown law firm are assigned the task of cleaning up the mess. Much of the work goes to Duncan Riley a smart, cynical, seasoned associate as a result he falls into the orbit of Leah Roth Simon Roths beautiful daughter and inheritor of his real estate empire.Riley is also pursuing a small pro bono case in which he is trying forestall an eviction of Rafael Nezaeio and his grandmother from public housing because of a pot bust. Rafael gets picked up one night and charged with the murder of the private security cop who caught him, that murder took place in another mixed income housing development being built by ...... Roth Properties. Blind Mans Alley is a suspenseful journey through a world where the only rule is to survive anyway you can.Look forward to reading more books by Justin Peacock
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Justin Peacock's first novel, A CURE FOR NIGHT, has been compared to the earlier works of such legal thriller authors as John Grisham and Scott Turow. With his second effort, BLIND MAN'S ALLEY, he firmly claims the gauntlet from them as this book resonates the way Grisham and Turow used to write earlier in their careers.

As a legal thriller, BLIND MAN'S ALLEY has it all --- corporate greed, murder, conspiracy, and a highly ethical young attorney caught in the middle of a moral dilemma that could make or break his career before it ever really gets started. Such is the case with Duncan Riley, a lawyer trying to make partner at the prestigious New York City law firm of Blake and Wolcott.

It seems that Riley has been handed a few easy tasks that will firmly implant him in the hierarchy of his firm and assure his financial success for years to come. First off, he is brought in by senior partner Steve Blake to help represent Simon Roth and his real estate development company, Roth Properties. The case features an unfortunate accident at one of their sites --- the deaths of three manual laborers working on the Aurora Tower condo development in SoHo --- who lost their lives when a weakened floor collapsed and plunged them to their deaths 300 feet below. Roth is a surly character who has been somewhat hands off with the management of his company in recent years, slowly passing the reigns to his son Jeremy and daughter Leah.

Riley is introduced to the Roth clan, and it appears that Leah takes an immediate liking to him. In an effort to make partner, a young attorney must also do a certain amount of pro bono work along the way.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By grumpydan VINE VOICE on September 21, 2010
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Duncan Riley is working is working his way at the ladder of his law firm; almost ready to become a partner and he is assigned to deal with a construction site disaster which property is owned by Roth Properties. He is also assigned a pro bono case of eviction that also involves the infamous Roth Properties. Do you see something happening here? If you enjoy legal thrillers this is one that you may enjoy. It starts off slow and then picks up momentum as the story unravels. I found it to be interesting once the conflict is in place.
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