The Alligator Man

By James Sheehan (Hardcover Book, 2013)
Kevin Wylie's crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevin's long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides that now is the time to leave Miami, visit his father, who he hasn't seen in 28 years, and get some answers. Heading back to his hometown, he doesn't realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case.

The victim, one of the richest and most-hated corporate criminals in America has been dubbed The Alligator Man since pieces of his clothing were found in a local swamp. Billy Fuller had every reason in the world to want Johnson dead and all the evidence leads right to his doorstep. But legendary trial lawyer Tom Wylie believes in Billy and he and his son reunite to fight the courtroom battle for Billy's life.

The Alligator Man is a story of greed, anger, love, redemption and two powerful trial attorneys who fight to the end-- and risk everything--for the truth.


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    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $23.00 US/$25.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781455508648

    • On Sale Date: 10/08/2013

    • Publisher: Center Street

    • Imprint: Center Street

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Kevin Wylie's crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevin's long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides that now is the time to leave Miami, visit his father, who he hasn't seen in 28 years, and get some answers. Heading back to his hometown, he doesn't realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case.

The victim, one of the richest and most-hated corporate criminals in America has been dubbed The Alligator Man since pieces of his clothing were found in a local swamp. Billy Fuller had every reason in the world to want Johnson dead and all the evidence leads right to his doorstep. But legendary trial lawyer Tom Wylie believes in Billy and he and his son reunite to fight the courtroom battle for Billy's life.

The Alligator Man is a story of greed, anger, love, redemption and two powerful trial attorneys who fight to the end-- and risk everything--for the truth.


James Sheehan is the author of The Lawyer's Lawyer, The Mayor of Lexington Avenue, and The Law of Second Chances. He was a successful trial attorney for 30 years, and currently teaches trial law and is the Director of the Tampa Law Institute at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa, Florida.
Learn more at jamessheehanauthor.com


  • "Fun stuff." ( Kirkus Reviews, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN).

  • "This is the second book that I read by James Sheehan. James is a great writer, rating right up there with James Patterson. James Sheehan was a lawyer and you can tell by the way the book is written. James brings you right into the court room and gives a lot of the back story of this trial." ( Fresh Fiction, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN).

  • "James Sheehan, knows a lot about the law. He practiced it for thirty years and has written three acclaimed legal thrillers. I recommended Sheehan's last novel, 'The Lawyer's Lawyer,' and I definitely recommend his new one." ( Bookviews.com, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN).

  • "Sheehan is a gifted storyteller who fans of Paul Levine or James Grippando's Florida-set legal thrillers should enjoy. THE ALLIGATOR MAN merges the fast pave of Miami with the rural, one stoplight towns that skirt Florida's Everglades, where alligators aren't the most dangerous predators lurking." ( Florida Book Review, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN).

  • "Sheehan paints a sympathetic portrait...while crafting an ending that will satisfy readers who like to see justice prevail."
    ( Publishers Weekly, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN ).

  • "It is not only the development of each character's individual story but Sheehan's ability to compel his readers to care about them that sets this book apart from other legal thrillers." ( Library Journal, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN).

  • ". . . an enthralling legal thriller." ( New York Journal of Books, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN ).

  • "If you're looking for a fast-paced, intriguing legal thriller, The Alligator Man by James Sheehan is the novel for you." ( Southern Literary Review, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN ).

  • "The courtroom action is compelling...And Sheehan keeps the surprises-come scary, some bittersweet-coming to the very last page." ( Tampa Bay Times, on THE ALLIGATOR MAN).

  • "[Sheehan] is especially good whenever he takes us into a courtroom.... Sheehan brings the three-way jousting of a criminal trial...to blazing life."

    ( The Washington Post on The Lawyer's Lawyer ).

  • "As a writer, Sheehan, a former trial lawyer, bears comparison to Scott Turow: his books are noteworthy not just for their intricate plotting but also for their literary finesse."

    ( Booklist on The Lawyer's Lawyer ).

  • " James Sheehan delivers an intricately plotted, fast-paced read with more than enough thrilling plot twists to satisfy the most dedicated Grisham and Connelly fan." ( bookreporter.com on The Lawyer's Lawyer ).

  • "The plot is well crafted, the characters are authentic, gritty and sympathetic...This story moves the heart as you identify with Jack, the "lawyer's lawyer" and root for him in his biggest case yet." ( RT Book Reviews Top Pick on The Lawyer's Lawyer ).

  • "Sheehan has written another thriller with some great courtroom scenes."

    ( The Oklahoman on The Lawyer's Lawyer ).

  • "THE LAWYER'S LAWYER keeps the tension high as it delivers a thoughtful look at the law and how an attorney has a duty to his client, no matter the cost.... [Sheehan] shows his affinity for making the intricacies of a police investigation and the resulting trial exciting." ( South Florida Sun Sentinel on The Lawyer's Lawyer ).

  • "Exciting...legal thriller...Sheehan...keep(s) the tension high..." ( Publishers Weekly on The Lawyer's Lawyer ).

  • "Sheehan is a gifted storyteller who fans of Paul Levine or James Grippando's Florida-set legal thrillers should enjoy. The Alligator Man merges the fast pace of Miami with the rural, one stoplight towns that skirt Florida's Everglades, where alligators aren't the most dangerous predators lurking." (Florida Book Review, on The Alligator Man).

  • "THE LAWYER'S LAWYER grabbed me from the beginning, and kept me ensnared the entire time. Full of engrossing characters, touching friendships, heart shaking twists and high stakes courtroom action, THE LAWYER'S LAWYER sets the bar quite high for this year's batch of Legal Thrillers." ( The Guilded Earlobe, on The Lawyer's Lawyer (audiobook) ).

  • Sheehan keeps you guessing right up until the end. I was hooked on this book from page one and sorry when it ended. (Fresh Fiction, on The Alligator Man).

  • "Sheehan...writes with bleak clarity...but there's a touch of the poet in his voice." (The New York Times, on The Mayor of Lexington Avenue).

  • "This is a debut novel but it reads like it was written by a master of the genre." (Nelson DeMille, on The Mayor of Lexington Avenue).

  • "Here's a legal thriller that's so good it instantly leaves Grisham and the gang choking on its dust..." (Booklist, on The Mayor of Lexington Avenue).

  • "To Kill A Mockingbird on steroids..." (Chicago Tribune, on The Mayor of Lexington Avenue).

  • "An assured, elegant, suspenseful courtroom thriller."
    (Kirkus Reviews, on The Law of Second Chances).

  • "Fast moving and tightly written...boasts a gripping story and characters who will make the reader care.  Al in all, a stylish and engaging novel."
    (Richard North Patterson, on The Law of Second Chances).

  • "Compelling."
    (New York Law Journal, on The Law of Second Chances).

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The Alligator Man
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Price: $23.00 US/$25.00 CAN
  • Pages: 400
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9781455508648
  • On Sale Date: 10/08/2013
The Alligator Man