Bestselling author Robert Rotenberg is back with his most shocking book yet, featuring Detective Ari Greene in the fight of his life.
It is just after Labour Day and the city is kicking into gear. All eyes are on the hotly contested election for Toronto’s next mayor and crime is the big issue. Greene is no stranger to the worst of what the city has to offer, but even he is unprepared for what happens next when he stumbles upon a horrific homicide.
In one nightmare moment his world is flipped upside down. Soon Greene is pitted against his young protégé, Daniel Kennicott, who arrests him for first-degree murder. Tied down on house arrest as he awaits his trial, Greene has to find a way to clear his name, and also must face some very hard truths: that he didn’t really know the people he believed in most; that there are unseen forces at work prepared to see him take the fall; and most of all, that he should never underestimate the price people will pay for love.
Stranglehold is Rotenberg’s fourth gripping mystery set on the streets and in the courtrooms of Toronto, capturing audiences with his masterful knowledge of the intricacies of the criminal justice system and feel for the emotions that make people tick.
Robert Rotenberg is the author of several bestselling novels, including Old City Hall, The Guilty Plea, Stray Bullets, Stranglehold, and Heart of the City. He also writes for television, teaches writing, and is one of Toronto’s top criminal lawyers. Visit him at RobertRotenberg.com or follow him @RobertRotenberg.
“Takes the reader on a suspenseful descent into a seldom-examined underworld, as police track a serial killer who is stalking the homeless in Toronto’s Humber River Valley. Well written and fast-paced, Downfall explores the growing problem of homelessness in our cities—what causes it and what keeps feeding it.” — BEVERLEY McLACHLIN, former Chief Justice and #1 bestselling author of Full Disclosure
“A well-crafted tale, alive with real characters and a riveting plot, making for another thoroughly compelling read.” — RICK MOFINA, USA Today bestselling author of Search for Her
“[A] complex and thoughtfully realized series. . . . Rotenberg juggles these plot items with his customary aplomb and plenty of verisimilitude.” — Toronto Star
“An unsparing exploration of the hostility between those who have it all, the members of an elite golf glub, and those who’ve lost it all, the squatters who make the ravine near the club their home. When two of the homeless are murdered, Ari Greene, the new head of the homicide squad, wads up the banal public relations statement he’s been handed and sets out to learn the truth. Rotenberg gets everything right in this stellar novel, but the scene in which ‘The Three Amigas,’ friends since they articled at the same law firm, have a late night meeting in the firm’s washroom is such a tender evocation of female solidarity that it brought me to tears.” — GAIL BOWEN, author of the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mystery series
“A riveting read that fired my conscience as well as my imagination.” — IAN HAMILTON, author of the bestselling Ava Lee series
“Rotenberg has outdone himself again. Downfall is a superb read. With his trademark elegant prose, he masterfully weaves heart-stopping suspense with astute observations of human nature, delivering a story that is gripping and complex. I highly recommend!” — PAMELA CALLOW, bestselling author of the Kate Lange series
“Downfall is so much more than a murder-mystery, opening our eyes to what lies in the ravines of our cities and our souls.” — NORMAN BACAL, bestselling author of Breakdown and Odell's Fall
“There has never been a better time to be swept up in a new novel by Robert Rotenberg. His characters are as real as the city streets they live in: a perfect antidote to a digital world. Leave it to his imagination to spark yours.” — DALTON McGUINTY, former Premier of Ontario