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Product Details

  • Series: Parker Stern Novels
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Street Books (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616148810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616148812
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Alcohol is usually the chosen Achilles’ heel for fictional fighters of evil, as in private eyes and lawyers. Rotstein gives his hero, L.A. courtroom attorney Parker Stern, a refreshingly new and entirely credible hero’s impediment—stage fright. This phobia came on suddenly, as phobias tend to do, in the first Parker Stern novel (Corrupt Practices, 2013) after Stern’s longtime mentor was found dead, a supposed suicide. In the second novel in the series, Stern has reached an unhappy solution, that of being a pretrial mediator. He sees himself as a complete burnout. But a spark remains. Stern is assigned to mediate a libel suit brought by a media mogul (on the level of Rupert Murdoch). The plaintiff, William Bishop, is suing a video-game designer for embedding clues in the game “Abduction!” that point to him as the kidnapper and murderer of an actress in the 1980s. An intriguing aspect of this legal thriller is the way that the action tends to mimic a video game, with Stern getting more and more enmeshed with false leads and bad guys. The real-life body count starts to mount, too, as Stern’s potential defense witnesses die under suspicious circumstances. 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. --Connie Fletcher

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"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
 
"Rotstein gives his hero, L.A. courtroom attorney Parker Stern, a refreshingly new and entirely credible hero’s impediment—stage fright. . . . An intriguing aspect of this legal thriller is the way that the action tends to mimic a video game, with Stern getting more and more enmeshed with false leads and bad guys. . . . 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

“Outstanding! A mesmerizing mix of legal thriller and murder mystery. . . . The plot is crisp with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. Fans of Michael Connelly will love Rotstein’s intimate knowledge of Los Angeles, and Brad Meltzer fans will appreciate the driven pace and witty dialogue. Put Reckless Disregard at the top of your reading list.” 
ROBERT DUGONINew York Times–bestselling author of Murder One

“Scintillating and twist-filled, this offers an original and wholly satisfying take on the legal thriller. Robert Rotstein’s Parker Stern character is a bold and vibrant presence in an overcrowded genre, and Stern’s personal struggles place him on par with Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller as the best courtroom hero going today. Reckless Disregard is Grisham or Turow on steroids, never failing to enthrall and entertain even as it illuminates the often-misbalanced scales of justice. It would be a crime to miss it!”
JON LAND, bestselling author of The Tenth Circle and Strong Rain Falling

“Who murdered troubled Hollywood starlet Felicity McGrath? Who, indeed. The answer to that question is sure to keep readers guessing and glued to the edges of their seats until the final page. . . . The plot is ingenious; the writing, top-shelf. If you like your mysteries smart and provocative, this book’s for you.”
DAVID FREED, author of the Cordell Logan series

“Once again, Robert Rotstein has delivered the goods. Reckless Disregard is fast-paced, rich in character, and provocative, first to last—it has everything you could hope for in a legal thriller.”
LES STANDIFORD, author of Water to the Angels

Customer Reviews

I loved the ending and was very pleased with how the book ended it was quite the surprise!
Brenda V. Rupp
The same great writing, colorful characters, a suspenseful plot with unanticipated twists and turns.
G. Eskelin
Rotstein succeeds in this immensely, as well as in many other feats of fine novel-writing.
Impecuniousness Anonymous

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Rose on June 18, 2014
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This is a terrific book. I read Rotstein's first, Corrupt Practices, and thought it was gripping, witty, and very well written. Reckless Disregard kept me awake until 2:30 in the morning -- and then I put it down with 40 pages to go because I didn't want to use it all up. This one takes place in the same Hollywood world as the first and is if anything even more clever. You'll never guess the way the plot dances to a finale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By misplaced cajun on June 16, 2014
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When a notorious and anonymous video game designer's latest creation accuses a big-time Hollywood mogul of murder, it stirs up a hornet's nest of trouble that's been decades in the making. The mogul, William Bishop - aka William the Conqueror - is not one to stand idly by and watch his "good" name get dragged through the gutter. Nope. He hires the law office of Louis Frantz to represent him in a libel lawsuit against the game designer known as Poniard. And Poniard, well he wants none other that Parker Stern to be his defender. Problem is, Parker still hasn't overcome his debilitating stage fright. And yet, Parker agrees to take the case after all.

In the game, a character based on actress Felicity McGrath appeals to players to solve her disappearance. Poniard believes Bishop is responsible and intends for the game to be used as a modern day investigation. As Parker investigates his client's claims, it becomes apparent that this is more than the paranoid delusions of a game addicted youthful mind. As the case progresses to court, threats become all out violence and Parker loses one of his own. Now there's no way a little thing like stage fright will keep him from going up against Frantz and Bishop!

When I reviewed last year's CORRUPT PRACTICES I didn't know quite what to expect. I knew Rotstein's debut was a legal thriller and I knew that Sue Grafton, one of my favorite authors, blurbed it as being "...a terrific book..." and that was enough to get me curious. I'm not a HUGE fan of legal thrillers, something I've admitted here in the past. I can blame it on an overabundance of lackluster reads in the sub genre too early in my reading career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Howlin' Wolff on June 6, 2014
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Parker Stern, our reluctant hero, is a great creation. As a child, he was a star actor until he developed a debilitating case of stage fright that has lingered to this day—not a convenient trait for a lawyer who has to argue a case in front of a jury. He’s also a diehard romantic who still pines for the brilliant and sexy Lovely Diamond, even if she’s on the opposing side of the case.

And what a case!

It starts with a newly released, wildly popular video game called Abduction! Within the game are scenes that implicate the real-life media mogul William Bishop in the mysterious kidnapping of actress Felicity McGrath back in the 80’s. Bishop has sued the game’s designer, a mysterious man (or woman) who goes by the name of Poniard, for libel. Just when Parker Stern thought he had found his comfort zone by giving up trial law in favor of being a mediator, he logs onto his computer and finds out that Poniard insists that Stern defend him. The last thing Parker wants is to return to the courtroom, especially when his client demands to remain anonymous.

Poor Parker. He’s in way over his head. Deliciously so. He feebly resorts to trying to play the video game in order to learn Poniard’s identity—as well as gain clues about the mysterious death of Felicity McGrath. But what does Parker know about video games? Maybe he needs the help of the ten-year-old Brighton, who seems to be able to proceed from level to level with ease.

Reckless Disregard is a great read. Fun, hip, intelligent, and as current as tomorrow’s headlines. the story draws you in and then builds to a harrowing climax—but not before Rotstein takes you through more twists and turns than a roller coaster ride in the darkness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Schmidt on June 19, 2014
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4.49 stars

I really liked Rotstein's debut Corrupt Practices...Reckless Disregard is even better...so much to like: incredible immersion into an online computer game that is at the center of the story - a legal thriller told through an expert eye and hand (Rotstein has years of experience in entertainment law), great returning cast from #1 and likeable minor characters... thrilling courtroom scenes but the scenes away from the court are every bit as thrilling and interesting...better ending than #1 but still would like to see him improve there...and the Sanctified Assembly storyline(s) just don;t appeal to me...otherwise would be a 5...his hooks are great and his "middles" are as good as any I've read...aspiring novelists, like myself, can learn a lot from Rotstein: every scene and chapter in this book propels the story forward...very hard to put down. He's on #3 now and it will go to the top of the too-be-read list when it's done!

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Robert Rotstein is an entertainment attorney with over thirty years experience in the industry. He's represented all of the major motion picture studios and many well-known writers, producers, directors, and musicians. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California, where he is at work on the next Parker Stern novel.

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