I want to thank lovely people at Wunderkind PR for sending me a copy of The Four-Night Run by William Lashner. I was on the blitz tour for this book, and I loved the sound of it so I requested it. I love a wide variety of books, and one of the first genres I really got into was mystery/thriller/procedural (law). I’ve always loved that realm and even want to work as a lawyer or forensic scientist one day.
Synopsis: J.D. Scrbacek has just won the biggest trial of his career, but even as he crows to the press, his entire life blows sky-high. Was the bomb meant for him, or for his mobster client? In this seaside casino town where the tables run hot and the tensions run high, the odds say the attorney is a marked man.
Alone and on the run, Scrbacek flees into the city’s forgotten underbelly, a ruined corridor called Crapstown, where he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past, his present, and his future. Somewhere in the sordid stream of his own existence lie the answers he needs. But in order to emerge from the depths of Crapstown, Scrbacek must argue for his life before a jury of the forgotten and the damned. Is he lawyer enough to save his own skin?
From the bestselling author of The Barkeep comes a raucous tale of reckoning, racketeering, and revenge.
Review: Anyway, onto a review of the book that is spoiler free. I really enjoyed this book overall. It reminded me of books I’ve read by John Grisham and James Patterson. I loved the character of J.D. Scrbacek and the adventure we as readers go on with him. While I don’t like the names of Crapstown and Casinoland (they could be more original), they were interesting places full of twists and turns. The cities somewhat remind me of The Soprano’s or Boardwalk Empire, where the corrupt rule the world. As I read this I wondered how much William Lashner drew from his time as a Philadelphia lawyer. I can see aspects of Philly and Atlantic City (Casionland?) in this book. The one aspect I wasn’t a fan of, was that this all happened in less than a week. I just think that’s a little unlikely, but hey, books are there to make the impossible seem real.