Corrupt Practices: A Parker Stern Novel by Robert Rotstein
An attorney with courtroom
stage fright must uncover the truth . . .
and confront his own long-buried secrets.
Parker Stern’s legal career is on the rise. But when his mentor Harmon Cherry commits suicide, Parker begins experiencing stage fright so severe that he becomes paralyzed whenever he steps into a courtroom. Unable to work, he languishes at a coffee house that is owned by his former law partner (and occasional lover) Deanna Poulos.
His down time is interrupted when Rich Baxter, another ex-colleague, calls from jail and asks Parker to represent him. Baxter has been charged with embezzling millions from his church, a powerful cult that Parker despises. At their first meeting, Baxter surprises Parker by claiming that Harmon Cherry did not commit suicide, but was murdered by someone connected to the church. Parker doesn’t believe it until Baxter is found hanging in his cell.
Ultimately, Parker agrees to represent Baxter’s father in a lawsuit brought by the church. In the process of representing his client and uncovering the truths behind the deaths of his friends, Parker must overcome his own long-buried secrets and deep-seated fears.
“Irresistible…. Full of great characters, twisty surprises, and a charming lightness of touch. Highly recommended.”
—LEE CHILD, #1 New York Times–bestselling author
“I’m a big fan of the Parker Stern novels, and The Bomb Maker’s Son might be the best yet…. The characters are fresh and well developed, the plots are intricate, and there are always multiple twists to keep me reading frantically to the very last page. Put this at the top of your to-read list. Put the whole series at the top of your to-read list.”
—ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times–bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave
“With a hero chasing his own shadowy instincts and duplicity everywhere, this story lingers long after the last page. The storytelling is intense—the plot building layer upon tense layer.”
—STEVE BERRY, New York Times–bestselling author of The Patriot Threat
“The Bomb Makers Son is fast-moving with more than one surprise and enough moral dilemmas to fill up a law school exam.”
—PHILLIP MARGOLIN, New York Times–bestselling author of Woman with a Gun
“Law and disorder rule in Robert Rotstein’s riveting thriller where what happens in the ’70s doesn’t stay in the ’70s. A smooth story with a strong finish.”
—JULIE KRAMER, national bestselling author of Delivering Death
PRAISE FOR THE PARKER STERN NOVELS:
“Endless novelties, endless twists, endless complications, endless surprises in and out of the courtroom. Whatever you read legal drama for, it’s here, along with a whole lot of other stuff you never thought to ask for.”
—Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
“Stern is a wonderfully complex hero in an occupation that forces him to combat his limitations. And this novel’s action really puts the ’thriller’ in legal thriller.”
—Booklist STARRED REVIEW
“This is a terrific book. Just terrific. Robert Rotstein has come up with a fresh take on the legal thriller and he does a first-rate job. Parker Stern is a complex and well-developed protagonist and the story is beautifully structured for maximum intrigue and suspense.”
—SUE GRAFTON, #1 New York Times–bestselling author
“Rotstein has created an unforgettable character in attorney Parker Stern. He’s unlike anyone I’ve read in literature. Corrupt Practices is an intelligent, fast-paced, exciting thriller with an intricate plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending had my heart pounding. I stayed up late, finished it in two sittings, and wished there had been more.”
—ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times–bestselling author of Murder One
“A tautly constructed, fast-moving narrative with an appealing protagonist…. This promises to be a compelling series for legal-thriller fans. Get in at the start.”
—Booklist STARRED review