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The Good Lawyer: A Novel by [Benigno, Thomas]
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  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW April, 2014: Benigno presents an engaging but diffuse picture of legal skirmishing and moral ambiguity in the saga of Nick Mannino...The interesting glimpses of courtroom procedure and a cast of eccentric characters will intrigue readers...
  • #1 BEST KINDLE LEGAL THRILLER!
  • TOP 20 BEST AMAZON EBOOKS!
  • FEATURED IN PUBLISHERS WEEKLY APRIL 21, 2014 ISSUE!
  • KIRKUS BOOK REVIEW Benigno's first effort is a crafty legal page-turner, just as good in the courtroom as it is outside...Benigno fortifies his lead character with problems that his law degree can't fix. Readers who like their courtroom thrillers packed with lawyer-speak and zigzagging plot developments should find much to savor.
  • BOOKSPOT.COM REVIEW (STARRED REVIEW)by Chris Algernon 5/6/12 ...The Good Lawyer delivers a genuinely audacious twist that is both effective and very powerful. It's testament to Thomas Benigno's writing that The Good Lawyer remains believable throughout...Benigno creates a sympathetic (if at times slightly naive) protagonist...The twist is a good one, being neither easily guessable or outlandishly absurd. By the end of the novel, there's a sense of something really epic (on a human scale) unfolding. The Good Lawyer...rapidly picks up speed...on the way to a climax that will likely remain in the minds of most readers for quite some time.
  • MEN READING BOOKS BLOGSPOT.COM REVIEW
  • Benigno's mastery comes through in introducing and developing character after character and weaving them into a complex and totally believable story that connects them all together in the end. The setting too is inspiring and nostalgic ...a flash back to simpler times. I hope we hear more from Thomas Benigno.

From the Author

  • INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 2012-2013-2014-2015-2016!
  • #1 LEGAL THRILLER OF 2012-2013-2014-2015-2016!
  • COMING SOON IN 2016: THE CRIMINAL LAWYER (#2 in The Good Lawyer series) A NEW NOVEL by Thomas Benigno
  • WHY I WROTE THE GOOD LAWYER BY THOMAS BENIGNO "As a Legal Aid Attorney in the South Bronx in 1982, I handled the grittiest of cases. These cases didn't just include the run-of-the-mill burglaries and robberies or drug deals at a time when miles of square blocks there were leveled to rubble and burnt out buildings seemed to be everywhere. There were much more horrible crimes there. And I was...... defender of all of it.
  • But this is not why I became a lawyer. I wanted to do some good--help the innocent, give the guilty poor a second chance-a chance for a better life outside of prison.
    I graduated near the top of my law school class, tried a case in my 3rd year and won, took the job at Legal Aid in the Bronx to hone my skills prior to entering private practice. There were high hopes for me. I started out on fire, getting more cases dismissed in Criminal Court than just about anyone. I was cocky, a bit arrogant. I had the makings of one damn good trial lawyer. For my age, I was convinced there was no one better. I had also fallen in love. Didn't think I needed to study for the bar. Then I flunked. When I did pass I was on a mission to prove myself. Failing was humiliating. So I took on the most difficult of cases intent on winning at almost any cost, and I did win, time and again. Rapists, child molesters and drug dealers were freed, and all my doing. Finally, I couldn't take it any more, accolades and all. I was a young man drowning in the conscience of my own success.
    This was not the boy my Mom raised me to be. She purposely kept me away from my mob connected relatives who were now dropping like flies in burnt out Cadillacs and after hour joints, winding up charred remains of flesh, stuffed in garbage cans, wrapped in plastic.
    Then a case came through the system-headlines-no prior arrest record-horrible crime. He could be innocent.
    This is why I became a lawyer-to champion for the innocent man.
    And so life set me up for the greatest fall ever. Years later I couldn't shake what I had done, so I wrote it down. The original title of my novel was "The Confession." Then Grisham came out with it. So why not then..."The Good Lawyer."
    A fictional account--the names changed to protect the innocent. My name on the cover remains the same.


    Don't hesitate to give the author feedback after or even during your read of "The Good Lawyer" at: tombenigno@aol.com.
    Website: facebook.com/Thomas Benigno, Author 
  • Twitter: @thomasbenigno
  • Book clubs don't hesitate to email the author at tombenigno@aol.com for an appointed video conference with your club anywhere in the world, or an in-person talk in and around the New York City, Long Island or Westchester areas.
    Thank you in advance for your interest.
    Thomas Benigno

  • Product Details

    • File Size: 1062 KB
    • Print Length: 269 pages
    • Publisher: Landview Books; 1 edition (March 14, 2012)
    • Publication Date: March 14, 2012
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007OWO0YE
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    I enjoyed this book. For some reason, I knew from the beginning who the Spiderman rapist would be, but it didn't dilute the fun of reading the book, because it took some twists. I liked that it was set in the early 80's when surveillance cameras and cell phones were non-existent. Those times required a lot more true detective work.

    I did get a bit bogged down in who was who, sometimes. There were a lot of side characters - attorneys, criminals, family, friends...past and present - all with names. "Now who is Ventura? Who is Ryan? Who is Tedeschi? Who is Charley? Who is Joey? Who is Farkas? Who is..."

    One last point - the author needs a better editor. There were some spelling errors.
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    This book almost ended up in the garbage after reading the first 25 pages. I'm not an English teacher by far, and in college I got A's in most classes EXCEPT English. But I was extremely annoyed many times while reading this book. Spelling mistakes, missing or incorrect use of commas, and story line errors. It's like no one proofread this book before publishing it. Examples of the mistakes: Shiela on one page, Sheila the rest of the book; barley instead of barely; inn instead of in; curcumstances instead of circumstances; not using commas and quotation marks around "the judge said" in a dialogue sentence; confusing descriptions of the three little boys; and mentioning Nick's previous visit to see Dr. Terkel when there was no such previous visit in the book. I am surprised that no other reviews mentioned the large number of mistakes in this otherwise good book. If you're the type of person who is annoyed by such things, consider yourself warned. When you spend good money on a book (not a free Kindle version), you have expectations that it will be free of distractions such as these errors.

    That being said, it was a very good book. It held my attention, which is saying something considering how many times I was frustrated by blatant mistakes. The story line keeps moving and has some nice twists. Good character development and it builds suspense nicely. I hope to see more from this author and maybe he will be able to get a book deal with a publisher that has professional editors.
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    The number of five star reviews is baffling---Mr.Benigno can't have that many relatives.
    I won't go into the plot (others have rightly described it as cliched) but with the quality of writing. The author would benefit greatly from joining a writers' workshop, hopefully as soon as possible. His prose is so purple it positively glows, his sentence structure is awkward, grammar shaky and spelling atrocious. He claims to be an attorney but it's hard to believe someone who has gone through the rigors of law school wound up with such a poor grasp of the English language.
    Just read this horrible example: "Ocean blue eyes searing though her straight blond hair alternated between my own glances and the fumbling files in my hands." WTF??? This is not even a sentence. Are her eyes in the back of her head, peeking through her hair? And what are "fumbling files" for god's sake? Doesn't he ever do a rewrite or self-edit? And this: "...led us through a joulessey screened porch..." Could he by chance mean JALOUSIE? Doesn't the man have spell-check? Scarier still, is this a supposedly educated man who doesn't know what a jalousie is?
    I suppose some people get off on this style of turgid writing, however if your IQ can be written in more than two digits, avoid this like the plague.
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    I'm sorry, usually I like books like this, but this book was a waste. I love this genre, but this book was slow and often unimaginative. Rather than using words to paint a really good picture to bring you into the emotion of the story, the author simply unemotionally tells the details of an event, and throws in the F word about 50-100 times for no discernible reason (if you can't write, curse?). There are better reads for sure.

    The grammar was horrible, spelling mistakes, and just amateur at best. #1 legal thriller of 2012? I don't think so! Don't trust the number of five star reviews, read the one and two stars for the accurate picture. I'm guessing the author or his family put this book as a free download on Kindle so they could game the system in all these false five stars.
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    I loved this true-to-life tale which I couldn't put down over the rainy weekend. Whether you are a "Good Lawyer", or know one, or wish you had access to one, Benigno's fast read is for anyone who's ever pursued a passion through its ups and downs, and twists and turns.
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    I am sometimes disappointed when downloading a free book to my Kindle. Other times I find a new author whose future books will become part of my reading life. This book has introduced me to an author I will continue to follow. Mr. Benigno sounds like a very interesting person whose interests span not just a life of laws but also literature and theater and this diversity shows in the writing of this book. If you are looking for a very straight forward thriller you may not like this book. Then again, if you want a book with more layers and insight on the human condition you will be happy to read it.
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