Publishers Note :Murder, corruption, justice.......time is running out for Rudy Kelly.In a small Florida town near Lake Okeechobee, an innocent young man's fate hangs in the balance. Rudy Kelly, bi-racial and borderline retarded, is targeted by the local police as a suspect in a brutal murder. Convinced of her son's innocence, his mother hires a famous defense attorney, but loses him when her money runs out. His case is turned over to the drunken public defender, and Rudy is framed by the police and prosecutor and convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.After spending ten years on death row, top trial lawyer Jack Tobin, a boyhood friend of his father's, learns of Rudy's situation and decides to take on the case. Jack engages in a non-stop race against time to uncover evidence to exonerate Rudy and overturn his conviction.Through fierce courtroom battles, legal maneuverings, surprise twists and turns, Jack Tobin fights to see justice done against Jimmy DiCarlo, the well-connected Miami criminal lawyer steeped in corruption.More than a typical thriller, THE MAYOR OF LEXINGTON AVENUE tells a story of enduring friendships, love and loss, promises kept and loyalties fulfilled, all against a backdrop that sweeps from the streets of New York City to the bayous and barrios of Florida.Muze Annotation :In this debut legal thriller, an attorney honors the memory of a dead friend by going head-to-head with a corrupt police department. In 1967 New York City, two friends, Johnny and Mikey, go joyriding, but only Mikey gets caught and sent to prison. In 1986 Florida, jealous tough Geronimo sees Mikey's son Rudy, a handsome but simpleminded convenience store clerk, enter local temptress Lucy's trailer, and even though nothing much happens between the couple, an angry Geronimo slits Lucy's throat. Unfortunately, the police pin the crime on Rudy, and he spends the next 10 years on death row. Eight weeks before Rudy's execution date, Johnny, now a high-powered lawyer in Miami, learns about Rudy at Mike's wake, and vows to fulfill his debt to Mikey by clearing Rudy's name.