Friday, February 26, 2010

Conflicts With Interest - A Review

Conflicts With Interest - Michael Ruddy (publicist for review)

Product Details (B&N)

  • Pub. Date: January 2010
  • Publisher: Rodeo Publishing
  • Format: Paperback, 336pp

Synopsis (from back of book)

Sometimes, life can be a poker game with a fortunate stroke of serendipity. Sometimes, it's nothing but incessant back luck. T.R. Morgan is playing such a game with his most feared situation as a builder: Defect Litigation. It isn't enough that he is still mourning the loss of his beloved wife. Now, he finds himself caught in a nasty lawsuit against Steve Sanderson, a ruthless Bay Area lawyer.

The problem -- it seems, is when will T.R. lose his company and home over this lawsuit and how many times-over? Or with his own gambling habit be his downfall? Can the insurance companies out-play him? And is his new girlfriend, Catherine, actually who she seems? T.R.'s story comes to an explosive climax that no one could have foreseen--least of all T.R. himself.

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting read. I will admit I was surprised with how quick I got caught up in the story. The story is about being sued by, what I would call, an ambulance chaser, only for the home building sector. There is a ton of legal jargon and so many players involved, I was often confused by it all and it makes me wonder if lawsuits are really this involved and complicated. The characters, while not totally polished, were enjoyable.

Even though I found the story to be a tad confusing at times, I found that I was enjoying it. This is a good start for a debut author.