Tim Stutler. Dead Hand Control (2003) 311 pp.
After a turbulent childhood, Russell White vows to control his own destiny—and build a legacy. The willful working-class youth enters a top law school, and then joins a preeminent California firm. His life seems perfect. But the same desires and drive that bred Whites success also conspire to destroy him. His aggressive style spawns dangers to his home. As Whites world spirals out of his control, he becomes consumed with safeguarding his young family. The full measure of his obsession emerges when a tragedy robs his power to personally continue protecting it. Then foes mysteriously start disappearing and even dying. Whites plan to control his familys future appears successful—until a disastrous misstep imperils his sons life. No amount of meticulous planning can help; only a miracle will save the boy.
Setting: Berkeley; San Diego