DUE TO BE PUBLISHED MAY, 2017
A GRIPPING LEGAL THRILLER FROM A CELEBRATED L.A. DEFENSE LAWYER, WHO KNOWS HOW THE SYSTEM REALLY WORKS
The Inevitable Witness
Bobby Earl is the guy you call when it's time to fix bayonets and go to trial. But when he's tapped to defend a notorious safe cracker arrested for killing a decorated LAPD officer, Earl's own life is suddenly in danger, and Earl must dive into LA's dangerous underworld, and battle a court system in which the news media and politics corrupt the wheels of justice.
Ed Rucker, renowned criminal defense attorney who made a name for himself in some of the most high profile legal cases of our time, has written his debut legal thriller. He has been a criminal defense attorney for over 30 years, trying over 200 jury trials, including 13 death penalty cases and several high profile publicity cases. He has received numerous awards, including the L.A. criminal Bar Association's "Trial Lawyer of the Year", and the LA County Bar Association's "Distinguished Career Award." He is listed in "Best Lawyers in America." Among his cases have been several high profile cases that he has drawn on to portray the tole of the media in our judicial system.
This book is based on legal procedure, not police procedure, which gives you a different look at a crime. The author gives the reader characters that are in the sense"real". You're introduced to an investigator, Many Munoz and DA, second chair, Samantha Price and others. You don't have time to get bored. The author gives you many twists and turns to keep you glued to the book.
The defense attorney,Buddy Earl, the guy you call when you're in trouble, now has a notorious safe cracker. Sydney Seabrooke, for a client. On trial for the murder of a LAPD officer. This took place in a Chinese restaurant. Now Sydney may be a criminal but he's no murderer. He happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Earl begins investigating the cop that was killed, he is taken into the dark world of drugs. It's looking like the decorated copy may have had a hidden life. As the investigation proceeds, Sydney and Earl are taken into the deep, dark world of drug dealers, cops on the take, a snitch and of all people. a TV personality called "The Thumb". The author not only gives you all that goes on in the courtroom but puts you out on the street with Sydney and Earl. As you read you begin to want Sydney to come out on top, even though he is a criminal. You want desperately for Earl to get some of the drug dealers and the crooked cops off the street. Most of all you want the murderer to be found and justice brought against him.
The author has taken some of his own experience with the darker side of corruption and worked it into this suspenseful book of fiction. He includes a good deal of descriptions and it is like reading from his notes. You're getting the up front and personal view. Bobby Earl is definitely one you want on your side if trouble comes looking for you.
Once you start turning the pages you won't be able to quit until Sydney is proved innocent, the real murderer is found and perhaps more justice takes placed. You'll just have to read it and find out for yourself.
I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 5 STARS.