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The Fortunate Accident

The Fortunate Accident portrays the area around downtown Los Angeles, known for its violence, sexual exploitation, greed, and “empty dreams.” The goal for most is to out-hustle the next guy before he can hustle you.

An immigrant and a notario, Alberto reads, writes and speaks English, as well as Spanish. Notarios generally help immigrants translate documents and fill out forms. In Mexico, some notarios are considered lawyers.

Crafty and charismatic, Alberto hosts a weekly radio show catering to the undocumented population and owns a law office. He has an extensive following in the immigrant community where he enjoys celebrity. He markets fictitious legal services to immigrants at exorbitant prices. The legal fees he demands can never be paid off. He sells non-existent services guaranteed to legalize immigration status, acquit those charged with crimes, and collect government benefits for the unentitled.

Alberto handpicks lawyers who are incompetent, unsuccessful, or of questionable character to maintain his facade. He also targets those who have become indebted to him and must do his bidding no matter how fraudulent. In order to build his fortune and maintain his status, he must crush anybody that gets in his way. As the law closes in on him for his professional and personal misconduct, he orchestrates another desperate scheme to survive and increase his income. One with fatal consequences.

Gripping and as realistic as it gets. As an attorney, I found myself in the plot shadowing the characters. Indeed, the events in the book eerily reminded me of all real events and people that have crossed my path during my 14 years of practice. Fantastic read and looking forward to the next book…

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