In the tradition of acclaimed lawyer-turned-novelist John Grisham, a Perth County lawyer has put pen to paper and launched his first book.
“Amicus & Ven,” is an electronic novel by Stephen Roth and it appears this week on the up-and-coming Canadian social media site, Mobio INsider.
Roth, who serves clients throughout Perth County from his Barenberg & Roth law office in Stratford, is the first author to be electronically printed by the Mobio INsider website, which features social media links to a wide variety of high-profile personalities, such as American television personality, Kim Kardashian, and international soccer great, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Currently, Roth’s novel is the only book posted on the Vancouver-based site.
“While I wouldn’t presume to put my book in the same category as a John Grisham page-turner, I am honoured that Mobio INsider accepted “Amicus & Ven” as the first novel they have ever electronically published on their site,” Roth said.
The novel traces the legal and social turmoil of people impacted by a complex sexual abuse trial. Like a Grisham novel, Roth’s “who dunnit” takes the reader down a fast-paced path of intriguing sub-plots that finally integrate into a stunning, surprise ending. The title, “Amicus & Ven,” is derived from code names used on the Internet by two of the novel’s characters.
The Barenberg & Roth law firm is listed under the “Brands” category. The book itself can be found under the “New” and “Lounge” categories or accessed directly at http://www.mobioinsider.com/amicusven.
Best of all, the novel is free to read. “Revenue comes from advertising linked to the book,” Roth explained. “To access each chapter, you simply have to view a short ad that runs approximately 30 seconds. The first chapter appears readily, then you have to scroll down a blackened page to the ad link. Click the link, watch the ad, then click the close button and the next chapter appears.”
Part of the proceeds from the book are being donated to the United Way and the Hospital for Sick Children.
“I’m still actively pursuing law, but writing a novel is something I’ve wanted to do for some time,” Roth explained. He says it took him approximately two years to complete the book.
For further comment or an interview, Stephen Roth may be reached at his law office, 519-271-6360, or firstname.lastname@example.org