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Death on a High Floor [Kindle Edition]

Charles Rosenberg
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Book Description

When much-despised Marbury Marfan senior partner Simon Rafer turns up in a cold pool of blood with an ornate dagger in his back, it comes as a surprise to no one—least of all to Robert Tarza, who is first on the scene. A long-time partner at Marbury, Tarza knows dozens of attorneys in the firm who had good motive to want Rafer in the ground. But despite his own decades of conflict with Rafer—and a recent heated quarrel over a rare ancient coin Simon bought from him—Robert never imagined that homicide Detective Spritz would zero in on him as prime suspect.

As Spritz’s case builds with uncanny speed, Robert quickly falls from his respected position at Marbury to a criminal being dragged through the tabloids. Along with his kick-butt defense attorney, Jenna James, he is forced to play detective in a race to find the real killer—and uncovers a web of fraud amongst his closest colleagues in the process. In the end, only Jenna’s untested trial skills can keep him out of prison.

Revised edition: This edition of Death on a High Floor includes editorial revisions.



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"With plenty of twists and turns, Death on a High Floor is an excellent read that shouldn't be overlooked." —John Taylor, Midwest Book Reviews

"Death on a High Floor is any indication of author Rosenberg's future efforts, Scott Turow and John Grisham should be prepared to admit one more to their club." —Lori Hedgpeth, Psychotic State Book Reviews

About the Author

Charles "Chuck" Rosenberg has been the credited legal script consultant to three prime-time television shows: L.A. Law, The Practice, and Boston Legal, as well as The Paper Chase (Showtime). During the O .J. Simpson criminal trial, he was one of two on-air legal analysts for E! Entertainment Television's live coverage of the trial. He also provided commentary for E!'s coverage of the Simpson civil trial. He is the author of the book The Trial of O.J. Simpson: How to Watch the Trial and Understand What's Really Going On (Publishing Partners 1994) and is a contributing author to the book Lawyers in Your Living Room! Law on Television (ABA Publishing 2009).

He has taught extensively as an adjunct law professor, including at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, the Loyola Law School International LLM Program in Bologna, Italy, the UCLA School of Law, the Pepperdine School of Law, and the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

A graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Chuck currently practices in the Los Angeles area. He has been a partner in several law firms, including a large international firm. Currently, he is a partner in a three-lawyer firm. Chuck and his wife have lived in Los Angeles since the early 1970s. He is at work on a second novel.


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  • File Size: 1309 KB
  • Print Length: 562 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (January 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CD8AFOI
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178 of 186 people found the following review helpful
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Chuck Rosenberg's first novel is a treat to delve into. At first there maybe a feeling that it is just one more murder mystery, but as the plot unfolds, you begin to realize that the author, himself a lawyer, has written about a profession that he knows well and has practiced for many years in LA. From this background, the murder plot unfolds in unexpected ways, and draws the reader deeper and deeper into intrigues within a law firm that has evolved from an well established firm in Los Angeles to become a massive corporate entity with offices across the globe. But, almost all of the action is centered within the urban environment of downtown LA and its surrounding, freeway linked environs. Rosenberg speaks with authority about the legal process in criminal law that unfolds in this murder case, with intimate professional relationships and friendships thrown asunder. There are many, interwoven levels to the plot with historical insights into the world of coin collecting, the hierarchal politics of the legal profession, the lifestyle of a loner practicing criminal law in his eccentric way, and the hyperbole and insanity of the media and bloggers who hang on every word of real or imagined evidence as the case unfolds. The accused, himself a respected member of the firm and his community, falls from corporate grace into that of a shunned 'has been' who has to face his own reality, one that he has long ignored, and what it also means to become his own victim in a crime that tests the highs and lows of his well being.

The book is more than an airplane read, as it is well written, and carries you along to a conclusion that is somewhat expected, yet not, as the absence of 'cheap sex', so often prevalent in murder mysteries is lacking and this in itself provides a refreshing change from the normal genre. I will read it again and recommend it to those who like suspense sprinkled with a strong touch of reality.
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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I have to admit, I was scooped up into the plot from the moment I started reading this book. I actually read the book in two nights. The plot is not only intriguing but it takes twists and turns you don't expect - a couple of times, I thought I knew why things were occurring and then to my surprise the plot changed and again, I was enthralled. The characters were colorful and kept your interest to see what would happen next. I loved the book and hope to see more writings from this author. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely recommend it to all my friends. Chuck Rosenberg is, in my perception, as good as John Grisham.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! September 12, 2011
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"Death on a High Floor" is a great book. The suspense starts on page 1 and continues until the very end. Once I began reading it, I could not put it down. I finished it in two days only because I had to go to work. Otherwise, I probably would have read it all in one sitting. I'm looking forward to Rosenberg's next book!
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
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OK, lots of folks liked this book. In my view, however, after the well-done grabber of a first chapter, it quickly spiraled into a puerile wholly unrealistic annoying book. First, the story pretends to be venued inside big-law -- a mega law firm. But, none of the lawyers in that firm Charles ("Chuck") Rosenberg shows us are any good. Second, Rosenberg uses the word "blob" to describe the media mass that follows celebrity trials. The first time it was clever; the second time, perhaps a clever reminder. By the hundredth time, however, I winced every time I saw the word. Third, the trial-preparation scenes and the trial sequences themselves are also silly beyond belief (as I've noted in other reviews of legal thrillers, even lawyers who claim to be experienced do not generally get this right--some do, of course, William Lashner and Scott Turow are great exceptions). This kind of stuff may fly on television, when most folks also haven't the foggiest idea of what law is about, but in a book by someone with a law degree and a law firm it is, in my view, scandalous.

Good writers, and there are many, weave their fiction with sufficient verisimilitude to get us to suspend disbelief. I kept reading because I kept hoping it would be better, and, frankly, because I wanted to see how Rosenberg resolved his plot. Ugh! It was worse than I could have imagined. A total waste of time.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misled by reviews, disappointed September 9, 2012
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I bought "Death On A High Floor: A Legal Thriller" because of the reviews I read and because I was impressed with the author's background and credentials.

I write the following not to slam Rosenberg, but to warn potential readers so they will not be disappointed like I was. Plus, if you're not holding Rosenberg's book up against such a high standard, maybe it will read better right off the bat.

I read not one, but several reviews comparing Rosenberg's book to Scott Turow, John Grisham, and Michael Connelly. At least at this point in his career, Rosenberg doesn't come close to any of them, especially my favorite, Scott Turow.

Turow is both a gifted writer, and skilled at plotting and conveying legal and courtroom mysteries and drama. His characters are as real to you as the people in your own life, and he's got a rare talent for showing human frailties and flaws. Unfortunately, these are not talents that Rosenberg can claim at this point.

I almost quit reading the book 30% of the way into it (Kindle book) for a number of reasons: 1) The writing itself is pretty bad. There are so many incomplete sentences that I began to think the author thought it was a writing style. (I recommend reading "Sin and Syntax," by Constance Hale - you have to know the rules before you can break them!) Copious copy-editing mistakes, from mixing up the characters' names numerous times to simple punctuation. On top of that, three times during the book Rosenberg (through the main character, written in first person) criticizes another character's grammar! The irony! One of the only times I laughed during the book. The writing itself made for tedious reading, at least for me, and that was before I even got to the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love mysteries and watch just about all the true crime
I love mysteries and watch just about all the true crime, detective series, listen to audio books of the same ilk. You could call me a fan. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Dona Lee Roby
3.0 out of 5 stars it was good.
It took a little while to get interesting, despite there being a murder in the first two pages of the book.
Overall, it was good.
Published 4 days ago by Sheski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I always enjoy a good legal thriller and this one did not disappoint!
Published 4 days ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
delivered as promised
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked it a lot.
Published 18 days ago by Jerry Steinbach
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The nice thing about the book is that the book held my interest eve though I was obvious that the accused was not guilty. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Dogg
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this novel
I enjoyed reading this novel. However, it was a little similar to John Grisham's legal mysteries. Also, I liked how the author developed the characters. They had personalities. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the plot
I enjoyed the plot, the mystery of who-done-it, and the detailed description of what goes on in a court room.
Published 21 days ago by Don W. Weekley
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not order this...
Published 27 days ago by SHARON L. CLOUD
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Very intriguing kept me on my toes all the time couldn't close the book
Clever ideas and ending loved it
Published 29 days ago by Vida Ash
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Charles B. ("Chuck") Rosenberg has been the credited legal script consultant to three prime time television shows: L.A. Law, The Practice and Boston Legal, as well as the TV show The Paper Chase (Showtime). During the O .J. Simpson criminal trial, he was one of two on-air legal analysts for E! Entertainment Television's live coverage of the trial. He also provided commentary for E!'s coverage of the Simpson civil trial. In addition to Death on a High Floor: a Legal Thriller, he is the author of the book The Trial of O.J. Simpson: How to Watch the Trial and Understand What's Really Going On (Publishing Partners 1994) and is a contributing author to the book Lawyers in Your Living Room! Law on Television (ABA Publishing 2009).

He has taught extensively as an adjunct law professor, including at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (where he teaches the course "Law and Popular Culture"), the Loyola Law School International LLM Program in Bologna, Italy, the UCLA School of Law, the Pepperdine School of Law, and the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

A graduate of Antioch College and the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Chuck currently practices in the Los Angeles area. He has been a partner in several law firms, including a large international firm. Currently, he is a partner in a three-lawyer firm. Chuck and his wife live in Los Angeles, where he is at work on a second novel.




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