By Susan Lavin
Posted: August 7, 2008
Move over, John Grisham, here comes Jeannine Reardon!
Reardon, a lawyer who lives in Elkridge, recently published her first novel, “Confidential Communications.”
This exciting, legal thriller is about a young lawyer with a plot filled with conspiracy and deceit. The book jacket states, “Attorney Rebecca Lawson must find the mastermind and expose the truth before innocent people lose their money, or worse … their lives.”
Reardon started writing the book more than a decade ago after graduating from law school, in Massachusetts. Friends and family members read what was then a short story and encouraged her to have it published. Life went on and the manuscript ended up sitting in a file drawer on a very old computer disc for a many years, until recently.
“Publishing a book was always on my ‘to do list,’ although it still seems surreal to be able to actually hold it now and see people buying it,” Reardon said. “… Here’s my philosophy in life: I don’t want to turn around at age 80 and say I wish I had done that.”
The characters and story in “Confidential Communications” are all fictional. Although Reardon added, “The character Justice McNaught is based in part on my late grandfather who sat on the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He was the person who originally inspired me as a child to pursue a degree in law and he really was an inspiration to many to live a good life as a good person.
“I figured, heck, why not ‘tip my hat’ as a little thank you to him and make him a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.”
Reardon has a book signing scheduled for “Confidential Communications” at the Borders bookstore in Columbia mall, Aug. 30, 2-4 p.m. Her book can also be purchased online at the Xlibris, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Target Web sites.
Additional information about the book can be found on Reardon’s Web site, jrreardonconfidentialcommunications.com.