“The Mayor of Lexington Avenue” by James Sheehan
Mikey and Johnny were boyhood friends on the streets of New York.
Mikey took the rap for an automobile theft (that they were both involved in) and ended up having a very rough life in prison and out. Johnny, aka Jack Tobin, on the other hand, grew up to be a respected attorney in Miami.
In Bass Creek, Florida in 1986 a young man, Rudy, who is described by everyone as “slow”, is invited to the home of a very attractive woman, Lucy. Lucy gets mad at Rudy (because Rudy is feeling sick) and tells him to leave. As he tries to leave he trips over a table and cuts his hand. He leaves the house and is spotted by Geronimo and his two compatriots (and several other witnesses).
Geronimo visits Lucy, has sex with her, then slits her throat. He then promptly disappears.
Detective Sergeant Wes Brume is assigned to the case and quickly suspects, then arrests, Rudy. After a dubious investigation by a dirty cop (Brume), a dirty DA, and others, Rudy goes to trial where he is convicted and sent to death row.
Fast forward 10 years and Jack is sick of his law practice and leaves. He decides to become a country lawyer in Bass Creek, FL and learns of Rudy (his time is almost up). One thing leads to another and Jack starts working Rudy’s case.
Unknown to Jack….his two worlds (boyhood in NYC and Bass Creek) are about to collide…..tragedy and murder follow.
“The Mayor of Lexington Avenue” is James Sheehan’s first book (paperback in 2005) and it is a gem.