the family lawyer

The Family Lawyer

This book is actually a collection of three short stories. The Family Lawyer by James Patterson with Robert Rotstein and two other stories. Here, we’ll be looking at only the first one, The Family Lawyer. I will update with thoughts on the other two. Most Patterson’s books are easy and fast to read, for instance here or here. This one is not exception. Of course, this is a bookshot material (short story) anyway.


Matthew Hovanes is living a parent’s worst nightmare: his young daughter is accused of bullying another girl into suicide. But this loving father is also a skilled criminal defense attorney. And something here doesn’t add up . . .

What do you do when your daughter is arrested? And you’re a lawyer. Do you represent her? Or, seek outside counsel? Most people would recommend outside counsel. A father would never be objective enough to do a good job. On the other hand, would an outsider fight as hard as a father to save a child?  Here, we have Matt Hovanes defending his own daughter with his partner, Debra, as his co-counsel.

To Matt, his daughter Hailey is a good student, strong athlete, overall great child. His son, Daniel, though, is another story. He’s had troubles all his life. They are supposed to be in a good private school. So, I don’t quite understand the language they use and seem to be tolerated by their parents. We never allowed our children to use foul language at home or anywhere in our presence.

Anyway, back to the story, I like it okay. Definitely not as much as the Mike Bennett series or the Private series. It is rather exciting and annoying at the same time. Somehow, it makes the privileged teens look bad. They lie and cheat. And the ending. I don’t know if it’s that believable. Perhaps if it’s revealed that the culprit has some hidden psychological issues, maybe. But a normal person? I’m not sure if it’s that believable.

So-so, I’d say.

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