Book Review: 'Alligator Man': James Sheehan comes to Sunsine Booksellers

'The Lawyer's Lawyer' author James Sheehan will be at Sunshine Booksellers on Friday, Feb. 22.

"The Lawyer's Lawyer" author James Sheehan will be at Sunshine Booksellers on Friday, Feb. 22.

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“Alligator Man”

By James Sheehan

Published: Oct. 8

Center Street, a Division of Hatchette Book Group USA

If you enjoy reading good crime fiction set in the Sunshine State (and who doesn’t?), the new James Sheehan book may be right up your palm tree. Sheehan’s previous books were “The Mayor of Lexington Avenue,” “The Law of Second Chances,” and “The Lawyer’s Lawyer,” which were all in the Jack Tobin series and are all now available in trade paperback. His new book, “Alligator Man,” introduces a new father-son duo of attorneys battling for the underdog.

In “The Alligator Man,” Kevin Wylie’s crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevin’s long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides that now is the time to leave Miami, visit his father, who he hasn’t seen in 28 years, and get some answers. Heading back to his hometown, he doesn’t realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case.

The victim (Johnson), one of the richest and most-hated corporate criminals in America has been dubbed “The Alligator Man” since pieces of his clothing were found in a local swamp. Billy Fuller had every reason in the world to want Johnson dead and all the evidence leads right to his doorstep. But legendary trial lawyer Tom Wylie believes in Billy and he and his son reunite to fight the courtroom battle for Billy’s life.

James Sheehan was a successful trial attorney for 30 years before beginning his writing career and currently teaches trial law at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa, Florida. Sheehan writes of complicated criminal cases in a “no-nonsense” style that shares the dirty tricks of his legal trade, while humanizing the attorneys as well as the criminals themselves. His lead characters have a propensity for getting mired in the quicksand of messy criminal cases in steamy backwoods Florida towns that are crawling with crooked lawyers, shady cops and slimy public officials.

The “Alligator Man” is a story of greed, anger, love, redemption and two powerful trial attorneys who fight to the end and risk everything for the truth.

If You Go

What: James Sheehan at Sunshine Booksellers

When: 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21

Where: 677 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island

Info: The format will be a brief presentation about his writing, followed by Q&A and then he will be available to talk with readers and sign books. This event is free to the public.

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