Florida’s premier vigilante may have met his match.
When Serge A. Storms (The Riptide Ultra-Glide, 2013, etc.) kidnaps lovely paralegal Brook Campanella, he ensnares himself in an attachment that makes Stockholm syndrome look like puppy love. But their ill-fated union is short-circuited just north of Key West by a massive manhunt triggered by two measly murders. The lovers part, united, although separated, in the common goal of becoming attorneys. Brook beats Serge to the punch by the simple expedient of actually attending law school, while her lover hones his legal skills by watching Legally Blonde and Cool Hand Luke. After she helps Hilda and Vernon Rockford save their home, which they bought with cash, from foreclosure by First American Bank, Brook is wooed by Shapiro, Heathcote-Mendacious and Blatt, one of the biggest firms in the Southeast. SH&B assigns her second chair on Sheffield et al v. Consolidated Financial, a class action suit against a bank that “robosigned” thousands of mortgages, waited until the buyers were underwater, seized their properties and sold them for more than the original loan amounts. It’s a tough case. The plaintiffs’ two lead witnesses, Ruth Wozniak and Cooder Ratch, are just a bit cray cray. Brook’s first chair, Shelby Lang, has little more trial experience than she does. And trial judge Kennesaw Montgomery Boone thinks Citizens United didn’t go far enough in protecting corporations. Fortunately, Serge, who’s just completed his tour of South Florida courthouses, is tan, rested and ready to give Brook all the help she needs, and then some.
Once again, Serge proves that homicidal mania has its points as Dorsey takes aim at more massive villains than usual.