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Confidential Communications (Book) - 3/31/2009 3:11:11 PM
It turns the tables on the legal system… and entertains us every step of the way! We’ve all heard the endless string of lawyer jokes that are so popular – we may have even told a few ourselves. This novel effectively turns the tables on our faulty perception of the legal profession. This novel is written from the unusual perspective of an ethical attorney and the high price she pays for keeping her integrity. The novel begins quietly as befits the small town of Deering, Vermont. We learn all about the town and about our young protagonist, Rebecca Lawson. Starting the story out this way and taking the time to tell us these details was a very smart choice. We get to know Rebecca – identify with her. We learn about her roots – about her family and how her background instilled into her certain ideals. Because of the author’s meticulous attention to detail and the fine character analysis presented, we understand how Rebecca grew up – and into – the person she is today. Further, we find that what she wants is what we want for her because what she wants for herself benefits us all. Rebecca Lawson is somebody that is solid and dependable and feels a pull towards following tradition and keeping heritage alive. As is often the case with those interested in preserving the rich tapestry of life that precedes them, she wants peace and quiet and to lead a life in service to others. Therefore, Rebecca takes life – and her duties as a duly sworn officer of the court – seriously. We like her for that, and more importantly, we like her. This furrowing the ground and planting seeds at the outset is what allows us to understand the full degree of how the unfortunate and explosive series of events that Rebecca is about to encounter, will jar and unsettle her. Because of this excellent use of strong character development and pacing, we realize that they are at complete odds with the life she’s always dreamed of having. Far into the story, it explains her dogged determination in trying to bring the wrongdoers to justice because in doing so – she not only upholds those ideals she believes so strongly in – she also wins back her life! That’s powerful motivation and it’s because the time was taken to set the stage with the right elements at the very beginning! The plot is interesting and keeps us engaged. There are several twists that we don’t see coming. There are also occasions when we do see things coming and we yell at our heroine to open her eyes and not be blinded by her all-too tender heart. Again, this device is effectively used and makes us like her all the more. It adds rather than detracts from the storyline. Soon enough the leisurely early pacing that assures us that everything is status quo quickens. We find that we’re speeding through the action and watching events come at her from all sides! She doesn’t know what to do or who to trust and neither do we. We eagerly follow her as she uses her keen logic to start putting the pieces together to unravel the financial mystery. The scheme she devises to expose the truth is clever and one that would work in the real world. This helps add authenticity to the story. When her plan is put into play, she starts to understand the gravity and sheer enormity of what is transpiring. She enlists the help of an old friend – the only person she can trust with such potentially devastating evidence. In the end, we have a complete picture of a greedy financial scheme that could have been pulled from today’s headlines! We are left to wonder if this is just fiction or if it’s something that is actually taking place. Confidential Communications delivers a punch of excitement, a hell of a story and likable heroine. I have the sneaking suspicion that a lot of the heroine’s admirable traits are pulled straight from the heart of this very talented author! I don’t have the prerequisite legal burden to prove it –only a sneaking suspicion. One thing I am sure of is that this woman can write! Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Confidential Communications!!! You’ll be glad you did!!

Confidential Communications (Book) - 12/6/2008 6:32:11 PM
a personal legal thriller JR Reardon's "Confidential Communications" explores what happens when a young attorney tries to hold firm on her ethics in the face of an impending national crisis. Becky Lawson, brand-new independent lawyer in Deering, Vermont, attracts a new client, a high-wheeling investment company. They want her to investigate a suspicious employee and hopefully find a way to get him fired. Lawson eventually uncovers a huge financial coverup that is large enough to take down the US economy. With threats coming at her from both professional and personal angles, Lawson has to walk an ethical and legal tightrope and turn around the investigation to uncover the truth. Reardon tells the story from Lawson's point of view. We follow the attorney through her experiences in moving to a small town, complete with local grocery and hardware storekeepers, elderly judges, an overly-involved bank manager, and mischevious high school students. When the going gets rough, Lawson heads to DC with an old college friend, and we see how the rich and powerful live in the capital. Reardon paints Lawson as a sympathetic and compelling, and even a bit naive, young lady. I enjoyed the mix of the small-town and the big city, and how we saw the thriller through the eyes of an idealistic lawyer. Reardon's impending economic crisis has become a common theme these days, and I liked her South American spin to it. A nice start for Reardon, and I'm looking forward to reading her sequel.

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