By Robert Rotstein
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book to review. As is my policy with books that I receive for review, if I don’t like it, I don’t review it.
When a debut novel gets a glowing blurb from someone the likes of Sue Grafton, you should probably guess that it’s going to be a pretty good book. Even if “legal thriller” isn’t necessarily my genre du jour. To be honest, I don’t know that I’ve read enough legal thrillers to even have a solid base to compare Corrupt Practices to something.
Corrupt Practices throws us into the world of Parker Stern, a fallen superstar trial lawyer who developed a case of stage fright after his boss and mentor committed suicide, who’s stopped practicing. He’s forced to face the demons of his past and present when a past partner in the law firm, calls him from jail asking for Parker to represent him.
The case leads us head on into Parker’s past, as we learn how tangled it is with his present. The reader is left wondering, on several occasions, whether he’s taken on more than he can handle, and at what point he’ll just crumble away, leaving us with a half filled story.
Overall, it’s a good novel. I felt that there were a couple of places where the writing felt a little flatter than it should have; where it just felt a bit awkward. Those were easy enough to overlook on the full scale though. Rotstein pulled several plot lines together throughout the book to give an intricate story that never left a dull moment.
Corrupt Practices will be a sure favorite among those who regularly read legal thrillers. It’s currently (as of this writing) scheduled to be published on June 4, 2013. You can order it at Amazon.