Pete Wilke’s debut novel, Confidentiality, is now available in ebook or print.
Robert Sinclair, Esq. has some version of it all: the Holmby Hills mansion, a cherry Austin Healey ragtop; a four-year-old son who adores him, and a gorgeous wife (who doesn’t). There’s at least one good friend, a boat he occasionally sleeps on, and his private law practice, managed by the capable and comedic (by her own estimation) Florence Bull, has survived the years, if occasionally on thin ice. “It’s a wonderful world we live in,” he likes to say. But there are problems. No denying it. And his, at the moment, are three-fold.
First: His marriage to that gorgeous wife is undeniably on the rocks.
Second: Years of rough athletics and more recent run-ins with moving vehicles have resulted in a lingering head injury that appears to be ratcheting up in untimely fashion. Because…
Third: Robert is neck-deep in the biggest, most complex civil case of his life, defending the fantastically corrupt Phil Pearson, accused of crushing competition in the table grape market of Central California by means of fraud, manipulation, and, potentially, murder. With complaints and cross-complaints flying at him from two of Pearson’s “victims,” Robert is juggling both the fierce legal team (professionally and personally) of Torrie Cutlass and Sasha Lopez, as well as “big firm” fop, Franklin Dubrey, who sics his new and comely colleague, Rebecca Noone, to tap Robert’s randy reputation for nefarious purposes. He falls for it, making his life even more complicated.
It’s a teetering pile of chaos, and as Robert attempts to meet the demands of family, practice, and the physical and psychological effects of his challenged health, the insanity of the Pearson case metastasizes into something deeper and more dangerous than he ever anticipated. As does the evolving relationship with Ms. Noone, whose initial entreaties shift from shady to sincere.
An irreverent legal drama by writer and longtime attorney, Pete Wilke, CONFIDENTIALITY explores the ephemeral meaning of its title, bringing a slate of colorful characters to a narrative that’s compelling from a legal standpoint, provocative from a psychological one, and as wildly entertaining and unpredictable as the roller coaster ride that is Robert Sinclair’s life.
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PETE WILKE is a long-time Los Angeles-area attorney specializing in securities, private placement, and investor documentation, particularly for emerging businesses, and independent film production and its many ancillary elements.
He is also a writer and producer; his original musical, Country the Musical, was produced to critical acclaim (LA Times, etc.) at Santa Ana’s Crazy Horse Steakhouse & Saloon in 1999, and later for a taped production (in 2000) at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. All twenty of the soundtrack songs (music and lyrics written by Pete), were recorded in both Nashville and Los Angeles, and can be heard by accessing the Music Page on the show’s website, or by clicking over to the show’s SoundCloud page. Given resurgent interest, new production opportunities for this evergreen work are being explored.
A solo singer/songwriter in his own right, he wrote, produced, and performed a 12-song album titled, Down From Montana, which was recorded in Nashville with some of the city’s finest players and producers. The project has been enthusiastically received by listeners across the country, including Montana radio stations, and can be accessed on YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud.
When he decided take another creative leap—this time in “novel” form—he conjured up a story that taps his estimable legal expertise, his appreciation for irreverent humor, as well as his unique storytelling voice. It’s a complex, sexy, suspenseful read, and he hopes you enjoy it as much as he did writing it.
Pete lives with his wife, author/singer Lorraine Devon Wilke, in Playa del Rey, CA; his two grown children, Jennie Wilke Willens and Dillon Wilke, and their families, nearby.