Reckless Disregard

Reckless Disregard

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.

Reckless Disregard is a novel in the Parker Stern series.  I’ve previously read and reviewed Corrupt Practices in the same series.

In Reckless Disregard, we’re back in L.A. with Parker Stern, the stage-fright inflicted lawyer.  He’s now working as a mediator at a low rung service just to avoid having to do any actual courtroom work and face his stage-fright.  Of course, that wouldn’t make a very good story if all we were reading about is his mediation of legal battles.

In our world that’s constantly moving more and more transactions, financial, social, and otherwise, into the online space, Reckless Disregard is a wonderful taste of what it looks like when an anonymous online persona takes the law into his own hands.  When that action ends up with some legal trouble, Poinard enlists Stern as his defender.  Stern is thrown into another dangerous battle, legal and otherwise, as he digs up the truth and attempts to defend his client.

Once again, Rotstein has written a gripping story full of suspense and mystery that is just dripping with legal realism.  Any fan of legal thrillers would be remiss if they skipped reading Rotstein’s Parker Stern novels.

 

Corrupt Practices

Corrupt Practices

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.