Book Review: “A Fool for a Client” by Parnell HallNovember 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
From the back cover: A young woman found naked and stabbed to death in her apartment. It’s the type of case that should be perfect for Stanley Hastings. Instead, it’s his nightmare.
The woman was the girlfriend of his boss, Richard Rosenberg, and the hotshot lawyer is charged with killing her.
Now Richard’s in court fighting for his life, and Stanley’s out on the firing line trying to dig up some evidence in his favor. It won’t be easy. The murdered woman was a law clerk for a prominent judge, and everyone Stanley needs to question is currently tied up in a high-profile Global Banking trial.
As Stanley races back and forth between two courtrooms, searching for the key to the mystery through investigative techniques that could easily get him charged as an accessory, every fact tends to point to Richard’s guilt: DNA evidence proves he is the man who had sex with the victim just before she died, eyewitnesses put him at the scene of the crime, and his fingerprints are on the murder weapon.
In desperation, Richard resorts to a series of courtroom tactics so outrageous they would make Perry Mason blush. Before the case is over, everyone in the courtroom will be convinced that not only does Richard Rosenberg have a fool for a client, but the client has a fool for a lawyer.
I have not read any of Parnell Hall’s Stanley Hastings books before this one. This is an oversight that I will quickly make up for. Stanley Hastings is a different kind of P.I. but he manages to do what P.I.s usually do. I have not laughed with a private investigator since Richard Prather wrote the Shell Scott series. Those were funny. So is this. If you have had a bad day then I recommend you read this and you will be smiling and laughing really quickly. Mr. Hall really knows the genre and how to use all the elements and still make it a fun read. “A Fool For A Client” grabs you with the storyline and keeps you flipping pages as fast as possible. Stanley Hasting’s boss, Richard Rosenberg, is the prime suspect. Rosenberg is the fool because he’s decided to represent himself. Why? Because he doesn’t trust lawyers if you can imagine that. Now it is up to Stanley to prove Rosenberg’s innocence even though all the evidence proves his guilt. Don’t start this book late at night because you are going to want to finish it before you go to bed. I am so looking forward to the next adventure with Private Investigator Stanley Hastings.
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