A True Verdict

Robert Rotstein

01-14-25

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01-14-25

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Thrillers

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“Has what most legal thrillers lack—total authenticity, which is spellbinding.” James Patterson

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Robert Rotstein, A True Verdict is an edge-of-your-seat legal thriller filled with secrets.

MediMiracle Corporation manufactures Sophrosyne, a miracle cure for opiate addiction. Ellison Ricard, a research-analyst for the company, claims to have uncovered data that proves Black users of Sophrosyne experience fatal side effects far more often than people of other races. When Ricard confronts MediMiracle’s charismatic founder and CEO, Peyton Burke, a violent confrontation ensues. The wheelchair bound Ricard—a Black man himself, severely injured years earlier—is fired that very day.

Ricard turns to aging lawyer M. Bailey Klaus, who sues Burke and MediMiracle for civil rights violations, alleging that Ricard was fired because he blew the whistle on the coverup, and because he was Black. Klaus faces off against his former protégé, Cicely Pagano, each arguing for drastically different versions of Ricard. Is he a brilliant, sincere, credible person who is rightfully standing up against a deadly product? Or is he a delusional, embittered, and avaricious liar who is taking advantage of his former employer?

Ricard’s fate rests with an eight-person jury who can’t agree on anything. Working together to reach a consensus means navigating a tempest of the most divisive issues: politics, sexism, drug abuse, capitalism, healthcare, and racism. Can eight people with different backgrounds, ages, classes, and political views avoid coming to blows, much less render a true verdict?

Told through court transcripts and jury deliberations, A True Verdict is a suspenseful ride to a shocking verdict …

Praise

“Has what most legal thrillers lack—total authenticity, which is spellbinding.” James Patterson

“Rotstein’s insight into the insidious nature of jury trials blew me away.” Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon, Wall Street Journal, and internationally bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave

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Language English
Release Day Jan 13, 2025
Release Date January 14, 2025
Release Date Machine 1736812800
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense, Legal
Author Bio
Robert Rotstein

Robert Rotstein is the author of The Out-of-Town Lawyer and the USA Today bestseller We, The Jury, which was named a Suspense Magazine 2018 Best Book. He also coauthored, with James Patterson, “The Family Lawyer”, the title story of the New York Times bestselling collection. His other titles include Corrupt Practices, Reckless Disregard, and The Bomb Maker’s Son. Rotstein practices intellectual property law with the Los Angeles firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP, and has represented all the major movie studios and record companies, and several well-known directors, writers, and performers, including James Cameron, John Sayles, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, and Quincy Jones.

Overview

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Robert Rotstein, A True Verdict is an edge-of-your-seat legal thriller filled with secrets.

MediMiracle Corporation manufactures Sophrosyne, a miracle cure for opiate addiction. Ellison Ricard, a research-analyst for the company, claims to have uncovered data that proves Black users of Sophrosyne experience fatal side effects far more often than people of other races. When Ricard confronts MediMiracle’s charismatic founder and CEO, Peyton Burke, a violent confrontation ensues. The wheelchair bound Ricard—a Black man himself, severely injured years earlier—is fired that very day.

Ricard turns to aging lawyer M. Bailey Klaus, who sues Burke and MediMiracle for civil rights violations, alleging that Ricard was fired because he blew the whistle on the coverup, and because he was Black. Klaus faces off against his former protégé, Cicely Pagano, each arguing for drastically different versions of Ricard. Is he a brilliant, sincere, credible person who is rightfully standing up against a deadly product? Or is he a delusional, embittered, and avaricious liar who is taking advantage of his former employer?

Ricard’s fate rests with an eight-person jury who can’t agree on anything. Working together to reach a consensus means navigating a tempest of the most divisive issues: politics, sexism, drug abuse, capitalism, healthcare, and racism. Can eight people with different backgrounds, ages, classes, and political views avoid coming to blows, much less render a true verdict?

Told through court transcripts and jury deliberations, A True Verdict is a suspenseful ride to a shocking verdict …