Inspired by a true story.
A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the mobster-dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid attorney, he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer. But it's 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution and determined to prove his client's innocence, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution's case.
Digging deeper, horrifying revelations about his family's past collide with the true identity of the sadistic sociopath behind the real Spiderman's rampage. In the process, this good lawyer comes face-to-face with his greatest conflict and deepest fear: to win, really win, must he sacrifice every principle he believes in and embrace his family's mafia past to become judge, jury, and executioner?
©2012 Thomas Benigno (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 26-10-17


I was inspired to read this book after reading my Goodreads’ friend, Lewis Weinstein’s, review. This is the first book by a new author. The author is a practicing attorney.

The story is fiction but is based on a real- life story. A young ambitious lawyer, Nick Manino, is attempting to make a name for himself outside of the constraints of his family’s long mob history.

It is 1982 and the Spiderman rapist is all over the media. Manino takes on the case of a teacher’s aide being accused of raping three young children. Manino believes this client is innocent and gets his client off. Later one of the children ends up dead. Manino investigates and finds there might be a relationship with the Spiderman rapist. As he continues to investigate, he finds himself facing a personal crisis regarding his uncle and the mob and his desire to be free of their influence.

The book is well written. The story is compellingly told. The story is a bit slow in the beginning but picks up pace about midway through. The characters are interesting and believable. The book is a good legal thriller read. I am looking forward to reading Thomas Benigno’s next book.

The book is nine and a half hours long. Dan Triandiflou does a good job reading the book. Triandiflou is an actor and audiobook narrator. This is my first experience with this author and narrator.

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By Stephani on 28-05-17

Great Book. Found a new author that I'm looking forward to future Novels

It was an awesome story with just enough personal details which made it more believable. I love it when good wins over bad with the help of supporting family and friends. I look forward to his next novel!

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