When our son was growing up, my dearest teaching widower always said to him, “You can be anything you want when you grow up except a lawyer.” After reading Beach Lawyer by Avery Duff, I am so grateful for that advice!
Beach Lawyer IS a terrific read, even though all the characters lie through their teeth. Our protagonist, Robert Worth, is a man willing to fight for his beliefs. He takes on a fellow lawyer (and sociopath), Jack Pierce, in an effort to salvage justice for Allison, whose brother got zilch after a wrongful death lawsuit. Pierce shocks Allison and Robert by stating that her brother’s life was worthless, then sexually assaulting her. Robert takes aim at his evil colleague, but his life spins out of control as Jack orchestrates a siege of incredible vengeance.
Thank goodness Robert is a fighter- and smart. He goes head to head with Jack, only to find the riptides in California are much more deadly than he imagined. Beach Lawyer will keep you turning the pages, rooting for the good guy who has his own deep, dark secrets. The writing is flawless, characters complex, and the plot has more twists and turns than Highway 1 on the Pacific coast. I whizzed through the book and hope for a sequel.
Avery Duff is a former lawyer turned writer. He went to UNC Chapel Hill, so I guess we can forgive him for his choice of career. He currently lives in Los Angeles, hopefully working on that sequel! Get outta the water and keep writing, Mr. Duff!