This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair review.
Parker Stern is a lawyer with a problem. Not a money problem. Not a gambling problem. But, it’s a problem. He has stage fright (I know- a lawyer with stage fright!) So, Parker is content to work behind the scenes- to get cases settled, to mediate amongst clients. No big courtroom cases for him, thank you very much. Then, he gets contacted by Poniard. A person no one knows- Poniard has kept his identity a secret from many. Why does Poniard need a lawyer? Well, he created a game called Abduction! where the claim is that William “The Conqueror” Bishop had Felicity McGrath killed. William Bishop claims this is slander and sues Poniard- who in turn goes searching for Parker Stern to represent him.
Parker, at first, is nervous about taking the case. William Bishop is not an easy foe and technically Poniard is guilty of slander since there has been no proof revealed. But the more that Parker and Poniard communicate (always via instant messaging) Parker begins to feel differently about this case. Could it be that because Lovely Diamond, ex porn star turned lawyer, is opposing counsel that has his blood moving? Or could Parker Stern have another reason for wanting to find out the truth about what happened to Felicity McGrath?
As each piece of the mystery is revealed, the reader finds some surprising gems. The boy who loves the game of Abduction! is much more of a character than he once appears. Secrets, back door dealings, and murder- all are part of the process of finding out the truth of this case.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
When approached about this book, I was intrigued. I like a good courtroom setting and this one had the makings of something that was good, but with a little quirk thrown in for entertainment. I mean- come on, a lawyer with stage fright, an ex-porn star turned top-notch lawyer, and a client who refuses to reveal himself, his location or any other information- yep, pretty quirky!
The characters, the settings- the mystery- it had appeal. It was entertaining and enjoyable. A slight (very slight) READY PLAYER ONE feel to me as I was reading RECKLESS DISREGARD. While I did like it, I didn’t always love it. There was a few times that I wanted to put it down because, at times, there was some unnecessary info- or maybe it was necessary but at that point you did not know- so it almost had a “filler” feeling. But, by the end, I was glad that I did not put it down because I would have missed out on an interesting storyline.
Looking for a courtroom book with less legal maneuvers and more quirk? Interesting characters, legal cases that are mysterious (but also have a humorous side?) Then I suggest RECKLESS DISREGARD!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T