Book Review: Corrupt Practices by Robert Rotstein—and a Giveaway!

Corrupt PracticesCorrupt Practices    
Robert Rotstein
Seventh Street Books, June 2013
ISBN: 9781616147914
Trade Paper

There are at least two things a successful mystery novelist must have in hand, a good story and the ability to write a good story. Author Rotstein has both in considerable degree. He also has extensive experience in the field in which he writes. Parker Stern, once a top litigator for a major Los Angeles firm of attorneys, has developed a bad case of stage fright. It is so bad he can hardly make himself go into the courtroom, much less give an opening argument. His condition came on him at the same time his mentor, major partner in the law firm is found dead under less than ideal conditions. After the death of Harmon Cherry two years previously, Parker Stern worked no more.

As the novel opens Parker Stern is teaching a course to third year law students and hanging out with a former partner of the dissolved firm. When one of the former lawyers in the firm is arrested for murder and financial crimes, Parker is importuned to take the case. Knowing he has an impossible situation and how he deals with his stage fright is one thread that leads readers into and through the story. There are several others, some of which lead to startling revelations, others that lead to steamy sex and still others that provide considerable food for reader contemplation.

The first person writing is first rate, the characters are fully drawn, and the fine plots are all very well handled. The author’s background as an experienced entertainment lawyer serves the story and readers well. I look forward to many more adventures with former child actor and now re-rising attorney, Parker Stern.

Reviewed by Carl Brookins, July 2013.
Author of Red Sky, Devils Island, Hard Cheese, Reunion.


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