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Rich Waters by Robert Bailey
Narrator: Joe Knezevich
Series: Jason Rich #2
Published by Brilliance Audio on June 20, 2023
Length: 14 hours, 10 minutes
Now that attorney Jason Rich has returned home to Guntersville, Alabama, the “In an accident? Get rich!” lawyer is anxious to leave his checkered past behind. Jason hopes this next chapter in his life will be a chance to confront his personal troubles while making amends with his family.
But when a former high school football star stands accused of killing a police officer, Jason is unwillingly thrust into the chaos. The local meth king blackmails Jason into defending the alleged murderer, and Jason knows he can’t refuse. With the lives of his family and closest friends on the line, he takes the obviously unwinnable case.
As Jason dives into the investigation, he vows to dismantle the meth empire gripping his hometown. But as he confronts alternative suspects and follows new leads, Jason realizes that everyone has secrets to hide and interests to protect—at any cost.
Rich Waters is the second book in the Jason Rich series. I got the first book Rich Blood as a first read from Prime. The books are available in Kindle Unlimited including audio. I would read the series in order for both the character developments and the changing issues in the small Alabama community.
Jason Rich is a lawyer. His father wanted him to be a lawyer and join his practice. Instead, he set up his own practice in personal injury and has been extremely successful. When the series begins, his father has recently died. Jason has been in rehab for alcohol for the past 90 days. His sister, Jana, calls him because she has been arrested on suspicion of murder of her husband.
Jason has a fantastic partner, and investigator, and he doesn’t want to take his sister’s case but he is pushed into it and succeeds with hard work and some luck. Now there is a new murder, of a local cop, and the local drug lord is again threatening him to take the case or he will hurt his family and friends.
Jason is on his second trial of criminal defense, staying sober, and finding success as a trial lawyer. He is talented at finding good mentors and reasonable doubt for his clients. But he is under extreme pressure by blackmail and out of his depth in researching criminals and protecting his people even with all his money.
I really appreciated Jason’s intelligent investigation and legal strategies to provide defense to his clients. He is developing into a great trial lawyer and enjoying it more than he thought he would. In spite of the bar association, riding him for his difficulties as an alcoholic, which he has rectified. I felt badly at how much he loses when he has worked very hard and honestly for others.
Rich Waters is suspenseful and dangerous. Jason undergoes many changes, learning experiences and much danger, and some biased treatment. The culprits are not easy to discern; there are too many options. With a thriving drug trade, there are too many in bad situations.
The ending was shocking and satisfying. It was also sad. I look forward to more, as I don’t know what Jason will do now. I’d love for him to have more allies, better relationships and less criminals telling him what to do. I’m just glad he came out of this sane and alive.
This narrator is new to me. I appreciated the emotional tones and accents used for some characters. They all seemed appropriate and comfortable for listening. His portrayal of Jason added some humor to the suspenseful story being told. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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