BEACH LAWYER begins with a prologe finding Robert Worth, 31
(and change), an attorney with the prestigious firm of
Fanelli & Pierce, in jail. His turbulent tale begins there
and then goes back eight months in time to tell his story.
Robert has been working hard at Fanelli & Pierce for five
years and his mentor and good friend Philip Fanelli secretly
shared the news with Robert that he would be made a partner
in the firm in a few days. It is everything Robert has been
working for and when he is called into a client's meeting
with Jack Pierce and his associate, Chase Fitzpatrick, it is
unusual. What is more unusual and surprising is how cruel
and rude both attorneys are to Alison Maxwell, the client.
Jack is forcing her to accept a $10,000 final offer on a
suit concerning her brother who died of cancer working at a
construction company that used asbestos in their building
Alison argues that is not what she was led to expect from
Jack. He insults her by telling her that the money will
barely cover the firm's legal fees and that her brother's
life was not worth much more. She begins to cry and the
attorneys ignore her except for Robert, who gets admonished
by Jack for treating her like a lady. He orders Robert to
prepare the necessary papers to close the case. Jack leaves
the conference room with a warning to Alison that she come
in at 9 a.m. the next morning to sign the papers. Case
over, he is done.
That evening while Robert is working on preparing the
papers, he receives a frantic telephone call from Alison
begging him to come at once to her apartment. When he
arrives she tells him she was sexually attacked by Jack
Pierce, she collapses and is hospitalized. A confrontation
at the office results in Robert being fired
and blackballed, unable to get another position. Around
the same time, Gia Martinez the firm's office manager is
also fired and tells Robert some things about Jack that may
or may not help him get even.
BEACH LAWYER is the thriller debut novel from Avery Duff
about power, money, greed and sex. His colorful
descriptions of the Southern California locale is an added
plus along with a primer about legal challenges in this
riveting tale of revenge and double-crosses. It is a
challenge between a good lawyer versus an evil lawyer and
their battle. It Is a roller coaster ride with twists and
turns and unexpected happenings with characters that you
think you know but discover you do not.
Robert is a hero who is honest and trying to do his best
against a villain who is rotten to his core. Jack is easy
to hate, while it is easy to root for Robert. I did not
care for his taste in women and did not care for Gia or
Alison. Great read, and I hope there is a sequel to
discover what the Beach Lawyer will do next.
After five grueling years, Robert Worth is just days away
from making partner at a powerful Santa Monica law firm.
When a client confides in him that senior partner Jack
Pierce sexually assaulted her, Robert breaks two of his
mentorís cardinal rules: Never let yourself get emotional
about clients. And never make an enemy of Jack Pierce.
Robert crosses Pierce and is fired on the spot, losing not
only his job but also his reputation. Advised to go quietly,
Robert vows revenge against the ruthless man who betrayed
him. But his investigation uncovers a twisted shadow world
of sex, infidelity, and deception, where nothing is as it
seems and no one can be trusted. Only one thing is clear:
Pierce will go the limit to keep his secrets.
This straight shooter will need to use every angle if he
hopes to win. But could victory come at too high a price?