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May 29, 2014

I AM THAT FOOL by Author & Attorney Rick Cornell

After a drunken, ill-advised attempted dalliance with a stripper, criminal attorney Ryan Browne finds himself facing up to 20 years in prison.
Lawyer Facing Prison Represents 
Himself, Hits Complications in
This New Legal Thriller. 
Author & Attorney
Rick Cornell
I Am That Fool
Quote from the author:
In order to "gild the lily", there must be a "lily to gild." 

Rick Cornell is a 61 year old attorney who specializes in criminal appeals and writs.  He has 34 years of experience and has a vast knowledge of "crazy true stories", some high profile for Nevada..  His first book, I AM THAT FOOL, he claims is fiction. He lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife Denise.   You can contact the author through the link below.
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Read this novel twice; once for the plot, and the second time for the themes of the meaning of contemporary American life. The first read will be fast, and you will be entertained. The second read will make you think not only about the criminal justice system in modern-day America, but also what it means to modern-day Americans as they live life under mythical circumstances. Meet Ryan Browne: The egotistical, brilliant trial lawyer whose life is turned upside-down as a result of an extramarital dalliance at a notorious strip club, The Proud Stallion. How would someone like him work his way out of the hell that he and others have created for him? In today’s society, is that even possible? Meet Tania Browne: The once beautiful Costa Rican immigrant wife who, in her “old world” mentality, refuses to bail her husband out of jail. Pero al final del dia, isn’t she just as susceptible to sin as everyone else? Meet David Schlegel: The prosecutor who successfully thrives on putting innocent people in prison, because in his world, “nobody is innocent.” But is he really that evil, or is he simply a puppet for the corrupt district attorney? Meet Celeste L’Hoir: On a scale of 1-10, physically she looks like an 11. But is she a player or a victim in the world of sin that she populates? Meet Jessie Parker: Ostensibly the finest investigator in the state, a nonpareil “schmoozer” with eyes that are a cross between Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Lawrence and Charles Manson. Is she all of that or is she somebody even more than that? Is this woman Christ in female form? Meet Laurie Linton: The brilliant, quirky judge who is fiercely dedicated to the concepts of due process of law. But for “her thinking chair” and her proclivity for Eminem, would she be a lackey to law and order, just like most of the others? Meet Buddy McCall: A wise man in the form of a lower-class perpetual inmate immersed in the drug world, is redemption even possible for him? Or is he just one of those that you meet on the “journey of life” before he gets off the train? Chances are great that you know these people, or at least most of them. This story is fiction; but there can be no doubt that it could happen today. Rick Cornell, a long-time criminal appellate attorney from Reno, NV., has written this novel for three reasons. First, he wanted to convey the point that the system of criminal justice truly is arbitrary; why some people receive justice and others don’t is inexplicable. Second, he wanted to show that in those cases where “perfect justice” happens, the concept of redemption does not at all look like “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “A Christmas Carol.” Third, he wanted to show what a jury trial actually looks like in terms of the strategy, planning, and instinct that goes into it. By the second read, you will agree: He succeeded.

ISBN: 978-1-4787-2519-0
Genre- Fiction/Legal 
Publisher- OutSkirtsPress: February 14, 2014 
As I started reading the book, I was introduced to Ryan Browne, who without a doubt, was the most successful trial lawyer around.  After Browne won a big legal fight in court he goes out to celebrate with drinks, strippers and found himself making bad decisions right and left.  With more than a few drinks in  him, he takes a stripper for a little tussle in under the sheets.  They didn't quite get there as he wrecks his car.
Now he has charges of felony DUI to face, which is a possible 2-20 year sentence. The high dollar lawyer is going to have to spend some time in the local county jail.  It seems , his lovely wife won't post bail for him.  What wife would?  You find out the man you love is out carousing, drinking, and wanting to bed a stripper, not to add, the felony DUI charge. And on top of that a crashed car. 
I'd let the cheat rot in jail.  Just my own opinion, of course.    He has little faith in the public defender so he decides to defend himself.  Now, I have a little problem with this.  This man is supposed to be a top notch attorney.  Where are his attorney friends?   Wouldn't it be better to be facing the charges with a good attorney than trying to do it yourself? (of course, he's supposed to be the best, but it just seems to me, that another attorney would be the way to go.  Now Ryan does get help from a good PI. Together they discover a lot of corruption which includes Ryan's boss.  That's all I'm going to tell you.  Will Ryan go to prison for up to 20 years?  Will his wife forgive him and live happily ever after?  Now in my opinion, she should curb the guy as fast as she can.  Do it once, shame on you.  Do it twice, shame on me.  I wouldn't want the shame on me.  I suggest that you go and get a copy of I AM THAT FOOL by Rick Cornell and read about the corruption that is uncovered and find out what happens to Ryan.  A wonderful legal thriller.  I don't normally care for legal thrillers.  They seem to bog you down with too much detail.  Mr. Cornell doesn't do that.  He gives enough information to keep you interested in turning the pages but doesn't over do it.  I'd like to see more from Mr. Cornell.  KEEP WRITING because I'd like more and I'm sure others do too.

I was given a complimentary copy of I AM THAT FOOL from the author, Rick Cornell for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.'

I would give this book 5 BARS.

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