The Bomb Maker’s Son

A Parker Stern Novel

Robert Rotstein
  • 350 pp
  • ISBN 978-1-63388-044-3
  • Paperback • $15.95
  • June 2015

World Rights

Attorney Parker Stern's estranged mother, the enigmatic leader of the cultish Church of the Sanctified Assembly, shows up unannounced and asks him to represent a man named Ian Holzner-better known as the Playa Vista Bomber.

In 1975, Holzner, an anti-Vietnam War radical, allegedly planted a bomb that killed four people. He's been a fugitive from justice ever since, but now apparently wants to turn himself in. At first, Parker refuses to take on the representation. But then his mother reveals a startling secret about Holzner that all but forces Parker to take on the case.

The reemergence of Holzner after years in hiding creates media attention. Then a bomb explodes and other violent acts of domestic terror mount. Is Holzner the mastermind behind these crimes?

At great personal risk, Parker gradually uncovers the truth about these terrorist attacks, and at the same time discovers long-hidden, painful realities about his mother, the father he never knew, and his own past.

“Irresistible…. Full of great characters, twisty surprises, and a charming lightness of touch. Highly recommended.”

—LEE CHILD, #1 New York Times–bestselling author

“Explosive…. Memorable characters and themes that are just as timely today as they were in the ’70s help make this a deeply satisfying page-turner.”


“I’m a big fan of the Parker Stern novels, and The Bomb Maker’s Son might be the best yet…. The characters are fresh and well developed, the plots are intricate, and there are always multiple twists to keep me reading frantically to the very last page. Put this at the top of your to-read list. Put the whole series at the top of your to-read list.”

—ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times–bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave

“High on action and plot twists…. A solid series with an unusual premise, and it has built a substantial following.”


“With a hero chasing his own shadowy instincts and duplicity everywhere, this story lingers long after the last page. The storytelling is intense—the plot building layer upon tense layer.”

—STEVE BERRY, New York Times–bestselling author of The Patriot Threat

“A series of firecrackers and depth charges that go right on detonating after the defense rests.”


“The Bomb Makers Son is fast-moving with more than one surprise and enough moral dilemmas to fill up a law school exam.”

—PHILLIP MARGOLIN, New York Times–bestselling author of Woman with a Gun

“Law and disorder rule in Robert Rotstein’s riveting thriller where what happens in the ’70s doesn’t stay in the ’70s. A smooth story with a strong finish.”

—JULIE KRAMER, national bestselling author of Delivering Death


Reckless Disregard:

“Endless novelties, endless twists, endless complications, endless surprises in and out of the courtroom. Whatever you read legal drama for, it’s here, along with a whole lot of other stuff you never thought to ask for.”

—Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

Stern is a wonderfully complex hero in an occupation that forces him to combat his limitations. And this novel’s action really puts the ’thriller’ in legal thriller.”


Corrupt Practices:

“This is a terrific book. Just terrific. Robert Rotstein has come up with a fresh take on the legal thriller and he does a first-rate job. Parker Stern is a complex and well-developed protagonist and the story is beautifully structured for maximum intrigue and suspense.”

—SUE GRAFTON, #1 New York Times–bestselling author

“A tautly constructed, fast-moving narrative with an appealing protagonist…. This promises to be a compelling series for legal-thriller fans. Get in at the start.”

—Booklist STARRED review

Robert Rotstein, an entertainment attorney with over thirty years' experience in the industry, is the author ofCorrupt Practices and Reckless Disregard, the first and second Parker Stern novels. He's represented all of the major motion picture studios and many well-known writers, producers, directors, and musicians. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California, where he is at work on the next Parker Stern novel.

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