Corrupt Practices: A Parker Stern Novel

Corrupt Practices A Parker Stern Novel A Los Angeles church considered by some to be a powerful cult charges Rich Baxter with embezzling millions Rich reaches out to former colleague and star trial attorney Parker Stern to come to his de

  • Title: Corrupt Practices: A Parker Stern Novel
  • Author: Robert Rotstein
  • ISBN: 9781616147914
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Board book
  • A Los Angeles church, considered by some to be a powerful cult, charges Rich Baxter with embezzling millions Rich reaches out to former colleague and star trial attorney Parker Stern to come to his defense Parker despises the cult, but he hasn t entered a courtroom since developing severe stage fright after his mentor, Harmon Cherry, committed suicide Rich claims that CA Los Angeles church, considered by some to be a powerful cult, charges Rich Baxter with embezzling millions Rich reaches out to former colleague and star trial attorney Parker Stern to come to his defense Parker despises the cult, but he hasn t entered a courtroom since developing severe stage fright after his mentor, Harmon Cherry, committed suicide Rich claims that Cherry did not kill himself he was murdered by someone connected to the church At first, Parker doesn t believe it until disturbing events force him to question what s really happening As the case takes an unexpected turn, Parker surprises himself and agrees to take on the church But to represent his client and uncover the truth he must overcome his own long buried secrets.

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    About “Robert Rotstein

    • Robert Rotstein

      Robert Rotstein is an entertainment attorney with over thirty years experience in the industry He s represented all of the major motion picture studios and many well known writers, producers, directors, and musicians He lives in Los Angeles, California.Member International Thriller WritersMystery Writers of America

    435 thoughts on “Corrupt Practices: A Parker Stern Novel

    • For those of you wary of celebrity book blurbs, you can trust Sue Grafton on this one. Corrupt Practicesisterrific. As an attorney myself, I'm usually a harsh critic of legal thrillers, but Rotstein doesn't strike a single false note in this compelling story of a former child actor turned lawyer who becomes the victim of paralyzing stage fright following the death of his mentor. The courtroom scenes are both riveting and authentic, but it's the sympathetic protagonist and well-drawn, utterly bel [...]



    • Corrupt Practices is a fast paced and entertaining novel with an end that is unforgettable (in a great way). Rotstein's protagonist, Parker Stern, is a talented trial attorney who suffers from debilitating stage fright whenever he sets foot in a courtroom following the shocking suicide of his former mentor, Harmon Cherry. However, Stern must face his fears when he is asked to prosecute a cult-like church who Stern thinks is behind recent tragic events. Corrupt Practices is an exciting novel that [...]


    • RATING: 3.5Parker Stern has always delivered a riveting performance in the courtroom. However, his career suffers a devastating blow when he becomes victim to severe stage fright after the suicide of his mentor, Harmon Cherry. Although he is calm enough when asking questions during a deposition, he experiences severe anxiety to the point of passing out when in the courtroom. Now he mostly spends his time at a coffee house owned by his friend and former legal colleague, Deanna Poulos. Through ano [...]


    • I read plenty of mysteries involving criminal law attorneys, general practice attorneys but don’t usually get a mystery that involved a church that was actually a cult. Corrupt practices by Robert Rotstein, primarily a Los Angeles attorney with the story expanded well beyond Los Angeles in location. Parker Stein had been a child actor, cheated out of his earnings by his mother who became involved in the Church of Sanctified Assembly. But the story was not as simple as that. He took on the case [...]


    • It's been a little while since I've read a legal thriller but boy did this captivate! Parker Stern is such an interesting character and his SoCal professional and personal world was so well-developed I really escaped into it for the read. The case he takes on in this debut novel is fresh and compelling. I look forward to the next!


    • Enjoyed this book a lot. If you like James Grippando, Brad Meltzer you should enjoy this author. Looking forward to his next book.


    • This was an excellent legal thriller that kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. It helps that I really, really liked the main character and was rooting for him, although I didn't like the way the ending left me hanging. I just checked and learned that there are two more books featuring this character, so I'm going to go and look for them.


    • The downfall of great plots and ideas rendered into self-published books is the lack of an editor's very fine and stern hand. And the overabundance of superfluous detail always seems to rear its ugly head. What I liked about the story was the author's take on religious cults and I will stop there on that. What disappointed me is there was simply not enough about them. A sub plot woven in seemed to unravel without reason; but the author's legal details were very well used and as he appears to be [...]


    • Parker Stern is a talented lawyer who's been crippled by sudden stage fright. The shock of his boss's suicide left him almost unable to enter a courtroom, much less perform his duties facing a judge. But when one of his old colleagues hires him as his defense attorney, Parker has a hard time refusing. Rich Baxter is accused of stealing millions of dollars from the Church of the Sanctified Assembly, a cult-like organization that Parker himself has a rocky history with. And when Rich turns up dead [...]


    • From my blog4 1/2I prefer standalone novels but I am so happy this legal thriller will be a series. I loved the main character Parker and look forward to more court room drama. All the characters were interesting, conniving in their own way, they added to the suspense.Parker takes on a case representing an ex colleague against a church, The Sanctified Assembly, which sounds more like a cult that loves power. Parker hates everything to do with the Church of the Sanctified Assembly and doesn't wan [...]


    • There are at least two things a successful mystery novelist must have in hand, a good story and the ability to write a good story. Author Rotstein has both in considerable degree. He also has extensive experience in the field in which he writes. Parker Stern, once a top litigator for a major Los Angeles firm of attorneys, has developed a bad case of stage fright. It is so bad he can hardly make himself go into the courtroom, much less give an opening argument. His condition came on him at the sa [...]


    • Corrupt Practices is one of those mysterious books that somehow manages to find its way into my hands without me having the slightest idea on how it got there, LOL. I don't usually read legal thrillers and the cover certainly didn't jump out at me. And yetere I was on the train to work turning to the first page.Unfortunately, I'm still not sure whether I'm happy about it.There were definitely some great qualities to Rotstein's work -- let's start with those. The mystery, murder case and the actu [...]


    • It's been a long time since I've read a legal thriller. After reading Corrupt Practices by Robert Rotstein, I have to say John Grisham has some competition.Some legal thrillers can be very formulaic. You have a case and then you have to solve it before time runs out. Character depth is usually pretty weak. That isn't the case here. In this book, there is a complex case to be solve but there are so many layers to not just the case but the character themselves.Parker Stern has a really bad case of [...]


    • A Los Angeles church, considered by some to be a powerful cult, charges Rich Baxter with embezzling millions. Rich reaches out to former colleague and star trial attorney Parker Stern to come to his defense. Parker despises the cult, but he hasn’t entered a courtroom since developing severe stage fright after his mentor, Harmon Cherry, committed suicide. Rich claims that Cherry did not kill himself—he was murdered by someone connected to the church. At first, Parker doesn’t believe it . . [...]


    • This is a terrific thriller!! The characters are intriguing, multifaceted and described with a panache that only a keen observer with a passion for the beautiful complexity of human behavior can master. A seasoned fan of mystery books and a huge fan of Columbo, I usually manage to figure out who did it wayyyy before the book ends. Seesh. This book completely surprised me. Bravo! My bows and curtsies to you, Robert Rotstein. I already dove in to Reckless Disregard: A Parker Stern Novel and cant w [...]


    • Interesting story. Parker Stern legal career has tanked due to stage fright but only in the courtroom. Out of work, he gets a call from an ex-colleague who wants to hire Parker. Parker ends up working for the ex-partner's farther. The case : take on a cult -- a super church. It is a wild ride to the end and it reminds one of another large religion that to some appears to be secretive organization that demands loyalty. It has all the twists and turns of a movie with some neat courtroom scenes.


    • “Corrupt Practices” is an okay title for Los Angeles lawyer Robert Rotstein’s legal thriller, but a better one might have been “Death and Desolation.” In the novel’s opening scene, Harmon Cherry, co-founder of the Macklin & Cherry law firm, puts a Glock 22 in his mouth and blows his head off. (Or was this somehow murder?) Without him, his firm implodes, and one of its ex-partners is accused of stealing millions from a religious cult. He’s tossed in jail, where he hangs himself [...]


    • I thought it interesting that some reviews said this book was fast paced, when I myself sometimes felt like things were plodding along, particularly at the coffee shop. Some interesting characters but I have to wonder if Stern is a one-trick pony. So much of the drama in this was fueled by his personal issues and story, which wove into other characters. Where does he go from here? I liked the book overall, but haven't decided whether or not to check out the second one. Might have to think about [...]


    • Corrupt Practices is a legal thriller starring Parker Stern, who is asked to defend his old colleague Rich Baxter, who has been charged with embezzling millions of dollars from the powerful cult-like organization, the Church of the Sanctified Assembly. This is a fast-paced, suspenseful story full of intriguing legal happenings, colorful periphery characters, death, deception, and corruption. An enjoyable read, sort of a John Grisham-light.


    • I picked up this book after it was featured in the Washington Post and found it to be a pretty good read. It was a bit "Grishamesque" with a legal theme, but not so much so to make me feel like I could guess what was going to happen next. I would read another by this author if he decides to make this the first of a series.


    • Just a tad clunky in style, but a fascinating novel dealing w/ a lawyer and associates who must prosecute a case against a cult much like Scientology and who are badgered and persecuted by the cult. By coincidence I checked out this book the same day I found GOING CLEAR, a study of Scientology, & read that one first. Both are scary.Yep, I'd recommend both.


    • The first in a promising new series, Corrupt Practices pits an out-of-work lawyer suffering from courtroom stage-fright against a powerful religious cult. As Parker Stern's friends turn up dead, he realizes that this so-called church might be manipulating its power in ways beyond the normal realm. The pages fly by


    • really hard to put down towards the end. Junky, though?It's about a cult whose money was embezzled so the main guy, Parker Stern, whose colleague he thinks may have been killed, starts looking into it.A lot of characters though and one of them mentioned at an important point I have no idea who he was. Look forward to the next Parker Stern novel.


    • The story begins with an odd, interesting assortment of characters and picks up steam as it goes. The plotting is excellent. By the last third I couldn't put it down. I literally stayed up into the wee hours to finish it. And I had to get up early the next day!


    • This was actually a very good book. The plot was well-considered, the characters were well-conceived and the suspense was maintained throughout. Other than a 1/2 dozen typos I really don't have anything negative to say about this book. Interesting, fun, fast read.


    • This is a very impressive first novel. I would unhesitating recommend it to everyone but some of the language and descriptions of sexual activity may not be to everyone's taste.opionator.wordpress/2013/0



    • I thought that this book was excellent! I could not put it down! The main character Parker Stern is a multi-layered character.



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