The Good Lawyer
“Make room Grisham, legal suspense fiction has a new senior partner.” —Mike Shain, The New York Post
A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the father who abandoned him and worthy of the devoted mother who raised him beyond the siren call of the mobster dominated family he grew up in.
Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learn show to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer, and he is peacock proud of his perfect record-not a single conviction. But it's 1982. The Spider-man rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged rape victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution, he grabs the headline case of a teacher's aide accused of molesting three students. Armed with a firm belief in his client's innocence, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution's case. When one of the children turns up dead, he discovers that his client may be strangely connected to the Spider-man. Digging deeper, horrifying revelations about his family's past collide with the true identity of the sadistic sociopath behind the Spider-man's rampage. In the process, this good lawyer comes face-to-face with his greatest conflict and deepest fear: to win, really win—save the city and even the woman he loves—must he sacrifice every principle he believes in and embrace his family's mafia past?
“Gritty and true-to-life; a can’t-put-down read.” —Gil Clancy (d. 2011), award-winning commentator, CBS, HBO, MSG Network
“Benigno’s first effort is a crafty legal page turner, just as good in the courtroom as it is outside…Readers who like their courtroom thrillers packed with lawyer-speak and zigzagging plot developments should find much to savor.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Five stars. I loved The Good Lawyer.” —Readers’ Favorite
“The interesting glimpses of courtroom procedure and a cast of eccentric characters will intrigue readers.” —Publishers Weekly
“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...By the end of the novel, there's a sense of something really epic (on a human scale) unfolding.” —Bookspot
“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…I hope we hear more from Thomas Benigno.” —Men Reading Books
Thomas Benigno is a legal thriller author best known for the writing of The Good Lawyer series. Benigno is a practicing lawyer that graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and is currently resident in Long Island, New York. He was one of the best lawyers ever to study law at Benjamin, and proved his proficiency very early in his career when he was made Associate Attorney at the recommendation of his New York Legal Aid Society Law Clinic Professor, Barry Scheck. While he was an associate attorney, he took up some of the most complex, intricate, and high profile cases and was the attorney for the infamous “Spiderman Rapist”. Asked why he took up cases that sometimes involved rapists and child molesters, he answered that he was hungry to prove himself and that everyone deserved legal representation.