Sometimes the inexpensive ones are really good! On sale with a further reduction, this is a legal procedural more than a thriller, although there are certain thriller moments. I love legal procedurals and thrillers. They’re usually a basic form of who-done-it and they don’t often have a lot of gore. Also, they’re sometimes a bit more challenging what with the courtroom aspects.
Write to Die
by Charles Rosenberg
2016 / 480 pages
read by Will Damron
rating: B / legal thriller
Rory Calburton is a young, but rather serious-minded partner in a firm which specializes in entertainment law in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Sarah Gold, a very smart, young and beautiful new associate in the firm as well as a private investigator, has some self-control issues, These two try to work together but their temperaments are not naturally compatible.
One morning Rory gets a phone call from Joe Stanton, the owner of a film production firm whose legal issues are handled by Rory’s company. When Rory gets to Stanton’s office he finds the man dead – murdered right in his office. To complicate things, Stanton’s business is involved in a lawsuit (using Rory’s company) concerning a movie script supposedly plagiarized from a now reclusive film star.
That starts things rolling, but when the the head of Rory’s firm, Hal Harold, is charged with the murder of Stanton and Gold starts her extra-curricular escapades the pace really picks up.
It’s a fun book – full of a lot of legal proceedings all twisted up with deceptions and more deceptions. Sarah adds a bit of physical excitement and the author and narrator keep it very interesting with their writing and reading. It’s not perfect – a few too many coincidences for my tastes, but if you’re a fan of legal crime this is a good one.
I’ve got 2 more Rosenberg books to read – Long Knives and Paris Ransom – but the reviews don’t sound like they’re nearly as good as this one. I read his Death on a High Floor a few years ago and loved it. I look forward to the next.