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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Works (December 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581246714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581246711
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,175,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... the realistic feel of a book that is grounded in behind the scene action of an authentic legal experience..." -- Art and Mind

"...Mahogany Row is a short, taut thriller that doesn't know how to slow down...." -- The Write Lifestyle

"...[Mahogany Row is] a fun and fast book...dialogue well done...a diverting story for the beach or your airplane journey." -- Fiatgirl.com

"...hard-boiled lawyer fiction...dialogue snappy and entertaining..." -- New York Law Journal, December 10, 2000

"5 Stars Reviewer's Choice...[Mahogany Row has]everything a good legal thriller that has a multi-layered plot should have..." -- Scribes World Reviews

"An exciting legal thriller which never loses its pace from start to finish...the opening is...shocking... -- New Hope International Review

"MAHOGANY ROW is fast paced, action packed and grips the reader from the first page..." -- The Romance Readers Connection, April 1, 2001

About the Author

Wayne J. Keeley is a writer, producer and attorney. He's a two-time Emmy Award winner for outstanding public service campaigns and holds a Masters in Law from NYU. He lives in New York where he writes and practices law.

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Customer Reviews

The ending is somewhat of a disappointment, however.
SB
While not great literature by a long shot, MAHOGANY ROW is certainly fun to read and an exceedingly well constructed mystery.
P. Mann
Only Wayne Keeley and Chuck Palahniuk have made me read books this quickly!
Kam Brar

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Penn on June 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Attorney Mark McCoy reinvents himself to gain entrance into the world of high-powered attorneys and billable hours. Now his boss has been found, naked with his throat slashed, in his office, leaving Mark the prime suspect with murder.
The detective on the case gleefully informs him -- he's the last person to find out -- that his boss recommended against giving him a partnership, meaning he was about to be without a job. Unemployment after eight years of twelve billable hours a day seems an adequate motive for murder. And with no alibi, Mark is quickly running out of options.
Fleeing town and remaining a fugitive seems the only option for Mark, until he can prove his innocence. But with a tenacious detective and a powerful law firm on his trail, as well as killer, Mark best work fast or he may add to the growing body count.
Gritty, faced-paced, this first-person narrative keeps the reader on edge till the last surprising page. The dirty back streets of New York and a cast of seedy characters present motive and background guaranteed to hold the reader's interest. The author's first novel, MAHOGANY ROW's surprising twist at the end will leave reader's desiring more from this outstanding author. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kam Brar on September 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Only Wayne Keeley and Chuck Palahniuk have made me read books this quickly! Mahogany Row opens strongly and gets even stronger as more and more details are revealed in this neo-noir crime thriller. From the first chapter, it is clear that you are not just reading a novel, but rather are experiencing one. Even the most unempathic of readers will sympathize with the protagonist in what turns out to be an empire-shattering plot.
Filled with vivid characters that materialize themselves for you as you read, you can't help but feel as though you are the one being probed and pushed beyond your limits; having been made the fall-guy for an organization that you gave your life to. This story is one you would only expect from an organized crime mastermind, or an articulate, creative, and multi-talented author named Wayne Keeley... remember that name as we'll be seeing more of it. Kudos to FictionWorks for publishing this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane on March 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I look out for every new legal thriller...it is my favorite genre. I read "Mahogany Row" & I will tell you this....John Grisham can rest easy. This is one book that you may judge by it's poorly designed cover. The story is like something you'd see as a movie of the week on some obscure television station...but bad. What the book lacks in content it makes up for in...pages....with words. What troubles me is that despite the quality of this book, somehow I felt that the author is actually a very intelligent person. Keeley shouldn't give up writing....he should just learn more about it. I think I will give him another chance on his 3rd or 4th book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Soper on June 18, 2001
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If a furiously paced thriller is for you, give Mahogany Row a try. Author/Attorney Wayne J. Keeley creates an environment of peril in New York City for his lawyer protagonist Mark McCoy. In some ways, this book is more related to The Fugitive than a legal drama, you'll want to keep the pages turning. Throw in a dash of kinky sex, a curious romance and an omnipresent cop and you have the ingredients for a good, seasonal read.
I had fun with this book and I think most mystery lovers will, too. For a first novel, not too bad. The plot leaves little time for character development. The characters would be interesting to get to know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Schildhauer on March 19, 2001
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First the cover sucked me in then the the blurb. The opening scene of the protagonist finding his naked boss dead at HIS desk hooked me. The story events were as well-paced with mounting tension as any of the long-established writers of legal thrillers. I've never been to New York, but believed the place and people Keeley introduced to me. I can't wait for his next novel, which I know will be even better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on June 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
A lawyer thriller written by a lawyer - brief, brutal & engaging! About loyalty, invested interest, corruption of power & the mess made by covering up lies.
Good commuter fodder - nothing earthshaking, tidbits of insider information with a riddle you want to unravel.
I look forward to more from this writer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thebookhaven.net on June 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
When Mark McCoy enters his office Monday morning he finds his boss, Johnathon Simpson, murdered in his chair. A note, barring McCoy from Partnership at the Ashley, Stepford and Simpson law firm rests on his desk. Immediately, Mark is the number one suspect.
With his office shut off as a crime scene, Mark has no choice but to head home. From this point a series of dangerous coincidences alert Mark that somebody wants him dead.
How could this be? Why is Mark being framed for Simpson's death? More importantly, what does Mark know that could have him killed? Follow this young attorney as he seeks the answers to his questions.
Wayne Keeley's first novel starts fast and doesn't stop until the stunning conclusion.
However, this rapid pace has its drawbacks. There is minimal time for character development. Furthermore, the players are forced to keep up with the plot. There is no time to reflect because the characters must hurry across town for the next scene.
Several typographical errors are present in the non-draft copy I possess, but they provide minimal distraction.
Nevertheless, Keeley's first venture into the world of legal thrillers is a valiant effort. The story lines are there. With better pacing, Keeley may become an author worth considering.
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