Dead Man's Rule: A Novel

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The Dead Man’s Rule—a law that bars one party of an oral contract from testifying about the agreement if the other party is dead.

Ben Corbin, a young, up-and-coming lawyer, takes on a seemingly straightforward case dealing with the legal ownership of a safe-deposit box. But he soon discovers the case is not as clear-cut as it first appeared.

Not only is his client, Dr. Mikhail Ivanovsky, an...

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Overview

The Dead Man’s Rule—a law that bars one party of an oral contract from testifying about the agreement if the other party is dead.

Ben Corbin, a young, up-and-coming lawyer, takes on a seemingly straightforward case dealing with the legal ownership of a safe-deposit box. But he soon discovers the case is not as clear-cut as it first appeared.

Not only is his client, Dr. Mikhail Ivanovsky, an eccentric Russian scientist with a questionable past, but Ben also suspects that Ivanovsky is hiding something important.

It isn’t until the other party suddenly dies and the opposing attorney invokes the Dead Man’s Rule, that Ivanovsky discloses the whole terrifying truth, and why Ben must win. But the old law leaves Ben without his key witness, and—barring a miracle—without any chance of winning.

“The author paints an elegant fiction that is quite close to reality.”

—Diuto Esiobu
Professor of Microbiology, Florida Atlantic University
Federally-funded bioterrorism countermeasures researcher

Rick Acker is a former Chicagoan who does his best work while traveling. In fact, he pecks out pages every day while riding the commuter train to his “real job” as a San Francisco litigator.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780825420061
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Acker does his best work while traveling. In fact he pecks out pages every day while riding the commuter train to his "real job" as a San Francisco litigator. He is a contributing author on legal treatises and also the author of the Davis Detective Mysteries for kids, also published by Kregel.

For more information about Rick's books, please visit his website: www.rickacker.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    A Legal/Bio thriller.

    I found this book insightful into the legal world, as well as, a grippy thriller. But with a twist, an ethical Lawyer, do we really exist. The author portrays his characters with ease of understanding and description. An individual outside the legal world has no difficulty understanding and following the plot and biological threats made. The biological scare is so genuine that it compels you to keep reading. Let's hope that it stays fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    Tough to Put Down

    The story is exciting from the first page, and I found myself staying up late so that I could read ¿just a few more pages.¿ The story line, involving a mysterious safe-deposit box, a legal battle, and bioterrorism, seems chillingly possible. I also enjoyed the author¿s character development: Ben Corbin is the young, struggling lawyer who is trying to do the right thing and faces increasingly terrifying situations. Two other characters that provide additional depth and plot twists are the private investigator Ben hires, a former FBI agent named Sergei Spassky, and the opposing attorney, Tony Simeon. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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