* Another drunken lawyer?


I just finished “The Broken Lawyer: A Legal Thriller” by Donald L’Abbate.  I nearly put it down after the first couple of pages because I’m a pitiful, wannabe editor.  The book is advertised as a “new re-edited version,” so heaven help those who tried to read it the first time around.  It’s written in first person, a stream of consciousness style with run-on sentences, rarely used commas and periods, and oddly placed words.  Here is one sample:  “I called Gracie told her I like to take her to lunch and for a look at my new office.”

So why did I read it?  I couldn’t put it down!  You’d think the Charley Sloan series would have provided sufficient reading material about alcoholic lawyers, but “The Broken Lawyer” is something special.  There’s no way it could have been written by anyone who hasn’t been through the AA program.  The main character, who remains unnamed throughout, is brutally honest about his struggles.  His path to sobriety is authentic, courageous, and humorous.  He’s a wisecracking lawyer who’s fallen from grace and gradually, unsteadily, gets to his feet.

The plot twists and turns through complicated and realistic criminal cases, always keeping me one or two steps behind.  It’s hard to believe the author was a civil litigator.  The characters are believable, real enough to touch.

I don’t know the name of this broken lawyer, but he tells a funny and complex tale.  If you can figure out what happened with the Huangs before that lawyer tells us, let me know and I’ll give you a prize.

This is a book worth reading.  And I almost started smiling at his run-on sentences.

4 thoughts on “* Another drunken lawyer?

  1. Thank you for the reviews. I appreciate your generous comments and your very accurate assessment of the editing. While I did try to keep in the voice of the character, I must admit that most errors are the result my very poor editing skills. I am working on another book which will be professionally edited before it is published.
    You are quite right about my own experience with AA. I went to my first AA meeting on August 9, 1983. Although my circumstances were very different from those of the book’s character, the story does reflect my experiences in recovery. You can change the names and change the circumstances, but the journey to recovery is the same for all alcoholics.
    Thank you, and I’m glad you enjoyed the book.
    Donald L’Abbate

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    • You have quite a story to tell, don’t you? That would be me, an alcoholic, but for God’s merciful plan. I’ve had my own long journey through mental health battles. I think you are an amazing writer and can’t wait to read your next book. I can’t believe you took the time to read my post and feel very privileged. Talk about generous comments! I wonder what it would be like to have your clever brain!! Please write as fast as possible! And thank you so much for sharing. I bet you’ve helped many people through your book.


  2. I googled this author because I just started The Broken Lawyer and was going to move on to something else, primarily because of the use (actually lack of use) of commas. I wanted to see who the editor was! I am only a few pages in but didn’t think I could focus because I would be mentally inserting commas. However after reading your review I am going to give it another try. Thank you for sharing!

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