Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Books I've read this week - Conflicts with Interest

Conflicts with Interest ©2009 by Michael Ruddy

ISBN 978-0-615-30599-8
PUB Date: January 30, 2010
Publisher: Rodeo Publishing
Price: $15.95
336 pp.

About the book: “Sometimes, life can be a poker game with a fortunate stroke of serendipity. Sometimes, it’s nothing but incessant bad luck. T.R. Morgan is playing such a game with his most feared situation as a builder. Defect litigation. It isn’t enough that his is still mourning the loss of his beloved wife. Now, he finds himself caught in a nasty lawsuit against Steve Sanderson, a ruthless Bay Area lawyer.

The problem – it seems, is when will T.R. lose his company and home over this lawsuit and how many times over? Or will his own gambling habit be his downfall? Can the insurance companies out-play him? And is his new girlfriend, Catherine, actually who she seems? T.R.’s story comes to an explosive climax that no one could have foreseen – least of all T.R. himself.”

T.R. Morgan and his son Ryan own Morgan Homes. Now they’re being sued for several hundred thousand dollars over what started as a simple leaky window. Not only that but the insurance companies are giving them a hard time about whether they’ll stand behind them or not. It doesn't seem to matter if the Morgans are willing to fix the problem or if they were even at fault in the first place. The plaintiffs' lawyer will stop at almost nothing to win the case and the price to settle keeps going up. In the end it all comes down to T.R. to try and get them out of the mess.

This was a fascinating book although a little heavy-handed with the litigation details. I’ve never been involved with a court case and I admit I had a hard time following some of the technicalities. The author spent over 40 years in the construction industry and that gives the book a great deal of realism from the builder’s viewpoint. The ending took a very surprising twist and was completely unexpected.

I was provided with an ARC of the book for review by The Cadence Group.

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