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What The Word On The Street is Reading: Stranglehold

June 19, 2014

This week our Event Coordinator, Catherine, has been reading Stranglehold, by Robert Rotenburg. It was published by Simon & Schuster Canada.

stranglehold-9781451642438_lgAbout the book:

Ripped from the headlines, Stranglehold is bestselling author Robert Rotenberg’s 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 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 prepated to see him take the fall; and most of all, that he should never underestimate the price people will pay for love.

Q&A with Catherine

What drew you to this book?

I met Robert Rotenberg at the International Festival of Authors last year and had been planning to read Stranglehold ever since. When I found out he would be a part of our Vibrant Voices of Ontario tent at The Word On The Street this year, I made sure to pick up the book.

Did you enjoy the book?

I always seem to forget how much I love mystery novels, especially legal thrillers, until I get into one. Rotenberg delivers a satisfying whodunit. You are in the thick of it from the get go! Something that really struck me was the author’s attention to detail. I suppose that is to be expected from a lawyer. Rotenberg makes you take note of the time, location, movements, facial expressions etc. I often race through crime fiction, but the details have a steadying effect. You become engrossed in the action.

Would you recommend it?
If you are a mystery fan, I’d be surprised if you haven’t read it already. If you are a Torontonian, you will certainly enjoy it.