Author: Jenn Bregman
Publisher: Triborough Publishing
The world of white- collar crime is not new to Attorney Jenn Bregman, author of The Timekeepers who has practiced as a criminal defense lawyer in both Los Angeles and New York City where she was involved in some of the most notorious cases of our times.
Her debut novel unfolds when a truck roars across around a corner and careens through a crosswalk hitting a poor victim who ends up sliding off the truck's hood and onto the pavement. At that very moment our protagonist, attorney Sarah Brockman, while walking away from the court house where she had been pleading a case before an arrogant Judge Schneider, picks up the sickening screech of tires and two deadly thuds.
Sarah, who initially is frozen, gains her composure and races to the scene of the accident, where she yells at someone to call 911. She is able to catch a glimpse of the truck but unfortunately she couldn't see the driver's face. Within a few moments she comes face-to-face with the victim's son, Andy, who is assured by Sarah that everything will be fine.
Six months later Andy manages to track Sarah down and requests that she represent his father, who survived the accident, in suing the driver of the truck for damages. After some hesitation, Sarah agrees to take on the case, however, little does she realize what she would uncover while becoming caught up in the case. As it turns out she will be in for quite a surprise.
As Sarah digs deeper with the help of a private investigator, she discovers that the driver of the truck appears to be embroiled with various activities that are not making any sense. There were several joint credit cards, frequent address changes, and what seems to be multiple aliases. In addition, he was running very high credit card balances and suddenly paying them off. All of this shrieked of something felonious but she and the private investigator could not figure it out.
The plot shifts to the truck driver and his defense attorney who is employed by the prestigious law firm of Cabot, Strickland & Baines (C S & B). What is very peculiar is that the truck driver when prosecuted easily is excused for his reckless driving even though he left the scene of the accident.
The story enlivens when we find out about a senior partner of C S & B who is implicated in a convoluted insurance fraud and will resort to fearsome conduct to protect his wealth including murder and the use of an offshore bank to hide his money from his soon-to-be divorced wife as well as the the tax man.
Bregman also tosses in a romantic relationship between Sarah and one of her old classmates who how happens to be employed by Cabot, Strickland & Baines. Their relationship evolves into something more than two schoolmates friends getting together to discuss old times. Initially, however, both are unaware that Sarah is working on the same case as her friend's firm but on opposite sides.
For the most part, I enjoyed the read however at times I felt that there was not enough conflict and tension and several scenes were lacking with something new. In addition, there was too much confusing and useless information pertaining to the ticking bomb villain as well as to the plot. On the other hand, Bregman has given her readers a glimpse into the nasty world of greed as adopted by some corrupt attorneys convinced that they will never be caught. I have to admit that I did enjoy the ending although it sounded familiar, particularly the ending.