Write to Die

Charles Rosenberg
Thomas & Mercer (2016)
ISBN 9781503937611
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Readers View (6/17)

“Write to Die” by Charles Rosenberg is a book that has all the elements readers love – mystery, murder, romance, and is very well written with great character development.

Set in Los Angeles, the story revolves around the Harold Law Firm, which is the top entertainment law firm in the city. Rory Calburton, one of the main characters is knee deep in a plagiarism case involving an old, faded actress who just happens to stumble onto his general counsel’s dead body.

The fast-paced intriguing story begins to develop on its own when a new associate Sarah Gold joins the firm. She is an individual who “does her own thing” without the permission of Rory, who is her supervisor. Sarah puts the law firm at risk with her out-of-control behavior. She firmly believes she has ICD – impulse control disorder. This type of chaos does not bode well for the court cases and welfare of potential witnesses.

Bring in Kathryn Thistle, a lawyer for the defense who is devious, calculating and just plain mean. She will do anything, including lie and withhold information to win her client’s case. The plot takes a twist when Judge Cabraal takes a surprise fall and is replaced by Judge Franklin who has no intention of following Cabraal’s previous directives.

Although this is a very lengthy book at 469 pages, it reads fast and is very entertaining. Readers will put themselves in the position of lawyer and investigator to discover “who did it.” Readers will have a love or hate relationship with some of the characters as the twists and turns of the story increase.

Charles Rosenberg knows how to weave a great story, develop characters and keep the readers intrigued. He can move from one scene to another seamlessly. Interestingly enough, the author is a practicing lawyer which adds to the authenticity of the legal process. I loved the fact the he has also been a consultant on TV scripts for shows such as Boston Legal, L.A. Law, and the Practice. “Write to Die” is a highly recommended read!

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