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    Charles Rosenberg
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    Sliding Hill Press; First Edition edition (August 12, 2011)
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    453 pages
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ISBN 978-0-615-47065-8. This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to any person, living or dead, or to any law firm, currently or previously existing, is a coincidence. In cases where references are made to real businesses, institutions, public offices or public officials, they are used fictionally.

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Death on a High Floor is any indication of author Rosenberg's future efforts, Scott Turow and John Grisham should .

Death on a High Floor is any indication of author Rosenberg's future efforts, Scott Turow and John Grisham should be prepared to admit one more to their club. Law, The Practice and Boston Legal, as well as The Paper Chase (Showtime).

On the eighty-fifth floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict.

Death on a High Floor. Written by Charles Rosenberg. Superior legal thriller. Each of the characters has hidden motives. Narrated by Christopher Lane. On the eighty-fifth floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood-an ornate dagger plunged into his back. The author clearly knows whereof he speaks as hidden intrigues and conflict within the law firm begin to unfold.

I hope not too. Did he throw something at you?. No, but he seems like he could. When I gave him a cup of water earlier, he poured it on the floor. Said it was obviously tap water, and he only drank Evian. In any case, you don’t have a lot of time left with him, Green said. Gotta risk giving him lunch shortly. When much-despised Marbury Marfan senior partner Simon Rafer turns up in a cold pool of blood with an ornate dagger in his back, it comes as a surprise to no one-least of all to Robert Tarza, who is first on the scene. A long-time partner at Marbury, Tarza knows dozens of attorneys in the firm who had good motive to want Rafer in the ground. Law, The Practice, and Boston Legal, as well as The Paper Chase (Showtime).

Charles Rosenberg is the author of the bestselling legal thriller Death on a High Floor and its sequels Long Knives and Paris Ransom. During college, Rosenberg spent a year in France, where he had many adventures.

Written by Charles Rosenberg, Audiobook narrated by Christopher Lane. Best legal thriller in a long time & it’s a debut! By shelley on 11-16-19. Write to Die. By: Charles Rosenberg. Narrated by: Will Damron. Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins.

Review of CD Audio book version: I am thoroughly enjoying this book -- I probably should wait until the end, but I'm almost there and had some free time to write this review. I listen to a lot of books as I am frequently in my vehicle. It has been some time since a book has kept me so focused on the story that I don't want to get out of my car because I want to keep listening. So far the story is engaging, believable, and often times very funny -- this isn't a comedy, but the way the story is written and how the narrator reads it caused me to laugh in several parts of the narrative. It is also obvious the author knows his way around a court room and the law which adds additional depth to the story. The added historical bits on coin collecting are a bonus. The narrator, Christopher Lane, does a great job of bringing the characters to life, especially Oscar. If you want to hear something enjoyable while on a long trip, this is the audio book for you. I look forward to reading or listening to this author's other books and highly recommend this one.
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A quality crime novel has to have one of two things:
- a compelling mystery or puzzle that demands resolution
- engaging characters that you root for or against

This book has neither. A murder mystery about coin collectors...who cares. Plot elements were tossed in and out without explanation: drug deals, secret compartments, boxes buried in backyards. I'm still trying to understand why this story was set in a law firm. The main characters could have been grade-school teachers.

And these characters were just dull. Character development and motivation were absent. We still have no acceptable explanation as to why the "bad guys" did what they did. There is no reason to root for the main character - Robert Tarza - because we never get to know him. He is supposed to be the former managing partner of a major law firm but he is careless, illogical and lazy.

Of course, law enforcement and prosecution are either corrupt or dumb. The only character with any brains is the "crackerjack" associate who - despite no experience in criminal defense and the fact that she should be a suspect in the murder - is able to solve the crime. Really?

The narrative style is often hard to read. There is too much reliance on "clever" idioms. The repeated references to the Blob were a very poor decision.

I hope that Mr. Rosenberg did not quit his day job because he isn't much of a novelist.
I read the last two Robert Tarza mysteries last year, always intending to go back to the beginning of the series. I have done that now and I really enjoyed discovering how he and good friend, Jenna James met. Their relationship of mentor and student began at the law firm where Robert was a Managing Partner. I like both of the characters' personalities and the author has presented them very well. They also meet another attorney, Oscar that has his own law firm, but agrees to represent Robert when he is accused of First Degree Murder of a colleague. The issue surrounding the murder is a rare, ancient coin that Robert sells to the victim for an outrageous amount of money. The victim, before his untimely death, accuses Robert that the coin is a fake. As it turns out, they were not the only lawyers in the firm that were interested in the rare coin. Jenna and Oscar begin to defend Robert despite overwhelming evidence stacked against him while Robert tries to find out why everyone wants this coin. The plot is intriguing and the author describes the trial dialogue so vividly, you would swear you were there! Very good read...couldn't put it down!
Having read one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time, "Long Knives" by Charles Rosenberg, a free/inexpensive book on Amazon, I enthusiastically bought the author's initial book, "Death on a High Floor" and was very disappointed. The book is slow going, the plot boring, and the characters are poorly developed. Jenna James, the heroine of "Long Knives" comes across as a petulant adolescent rather than the accomplished attorney she is in "Long Knives." Robert Tarza, Jenna's mentor and friend who seems so interesting and urbane in "Long Knives," is the stereotype of a pedantic, snobbish corporate attorney in "Death on a High Floor." I think it's interesting that Amazon offered the much better second book so cheaply as, I assume, a way of getting readers to buy the more expensive but not nearly as well done first book. Regardless, read "Long Knives" and forget "Death on a High Floor." One hopes the author will continue to promise of "Long Knives," which is a very good mystery and a delightful read.
I wavered between three and four stars; three because there really wasn't any suspense about "who done it", and four because it had some interesting insights into legal defense and a how a law firm operates. I didn't care much for the Sam Spade approach taken by the storyteller, Robert Tarza. I found his flip attitude hard to stomach, and if there was any investigation into Simon's family, business dealings, romances, tax returns etc, it was not told us. There were no other suspects after the detective's first hour of investigation. There was also a brief but interesting look at ancient coins, but I never did get a handle on the drug-dealing part of the plot. Jenna and Robert's relationship was also a mystery. I think the author should determine if he wants to write serious legal thrillers, or do a comedy routine.