Testimonials

What readers are saying

“From a personal and professional point of view, I wasn’t able to put
it down. The humanistic aspects of the story carried the momentum
of the entire book. The Inventor’s Fortune stands as a testimony of the
importance of helping clients identify, and then accurately document,
the outcomes they desire for their family.”

James R. Graham
Principal
Greenberg|Graham Advisors LLC

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“I found it to be a well-written, entertaining and fascinating story. I
particularly liked how it was constructed: John’s explanations of the
legal issues helped ground Suzanne’s more personal approach to the
story. As a result, readers gain greater insight and context, which helps
to better understand the complexity of the case.”

Richard Conroy
Executive Director
Essex (CT) Library Association

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The most beautiful part of the book was Suzanne’s presentation and characterization of her family members. Suzanne is an artist at using her pen (or WP) as a brush to lovingly paint pictures of each family member so vividly. What a special family!

Aloise I. McDonald
Author “A Looking Glass”
Federal Way, WA.

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“This story is a more-than-readable demonstration that unlikely justice
is sometimes achievable. All it requires is a willingness to challenge
foregone conclusions. Of course, it’s also helpful to apply a healthy
measure of tenacity, teamwork, generosity, devotion to fairness, and
an uncanny ability to promote cooperation and reason.”

Lew Treistman
Acting Rhode Island State Medicaid Director, Retired

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“I very much enjoyed reading The Inventor’s Fortune. It’s a well-written
story with captivating twists and turns. As told by the authors, the
story easily led me through the legal intricacies of the case and again
reminded me of the vagaries of human nature.”

Robert S. Morton
Ayrault House of Newport (RI)

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“I only started your book a week ago and read it as I commute to and from Seattle each day.  You and John have done a fabulous job!  I never would have thought this subject could be made exciting and interesting, but you two have succeeded.  The book is truly interesting and very readable…it’s like a mystery novel…can’t wait to see what happens next!”

Suzan Skelton
Bellevue, Washington

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“The Inventor’s Fortune quickly places the reader dead center in the
courthouse drama and in the lives of real people who are resolving
complex issues. And it is done with a well-organized, easily read story.
Written by two participants—a lawyer and a defendant—it offers as much
education as it does entertainment. During my career, I was involved
in much litigation, which makes this fine story all the more fun.”

Maury S. Knowlton
Corporate Executive, Retired

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I fell in love with John Pfarr! He is a brilliant attorney and a great writer, but more importantly, an old Soul with a gentle and kind heart. Suzanne and John flashed enough wit and humor to keep it from being heavy reading.

Aloise I. McDonald
Author “Weighty Issues”
Federal Way, WA

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“An intriguing story of a true legal case with many unanticipated and
unique surprises!”

Marv Harshman
Former college basketball coach, Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame, 1985

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I could not put the book down. As for Attorney Pfarr, I feel like he is a dear friend to me and this is just from reading the book. How blessed the family was to have found him! The cousins were just awesome with how they all stood their ground. Every time I see an expansion bracelet, I will tell everyone, “I know who invented this.”

Patti Foggin
Staten Island, New York

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This book is for everyone. As time marched and the fortune dwindled, I was intrigued how John turned the wheels of justice inside and out, never losing sight of the goal. I was also impressed with how John kept his chapters down to earth, easily understood by the reader. I must say John is one helluva genius.

Suzanne, herself, is grateful to have met all the cousins she would otherwise not have met. She never loses respect for any of the co-heirs, even when they disagree with her. Suzanne’s writing is superb, reflecting the charm and style she kept throughout the years of this lengthy case.

Carolyn M. Rhodes
University of Alabama
School of Business
Writer for Alumni Newsletter

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I can’t believe what a jigsaw the case was and how many twists and turns it had. It could be a movie! It was really an interesting read. Congratulations on a wonderful achievement!

Michelle Roedell
Editor
Northwest Prime Time

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Who you pick for a lawyer makes all the difference.  And if you are a law student, how you become that lawyer is what counts.  This is an excellent read, of a true case, that weaves through the facts and emotions of difficult litigation.  How the attorneys kept the case on course and managed the divisions in their client-family kept me very involved up to the last page.  Enjoy!

Robert Sherman
Corporate Executive, Retired

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A many faceted story, it has it all. It has a plot – claiming the inheritance; it has the bad guys – whom I refer to as the wicked adopted sisters and their greedy mother; it has the hero – an attorney who persisted in chasing down and taking care of the villains, unarmed, using only his brains and charm to win it all; it has drama – the beautiful and talented stage actress who, though cheated by an untimely death, helped set the stage for the victory; it has the heroine who then replaced her, donned the wings and was the glue that held the group together and helped tie up the loose ends. AND, it has a happy ending where everyone got what they deserved as they jubilantly rode off into the sunset. Hooray!

Aloise I. McDonald
Federal Way, WA

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The book was a fabulous read! Great job!

Wendy Gay Curran

Pilot Car Service Company Owner
CG Escort, LLC

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I picked up your book and couldn’t put it down.  Except for preparing and eating dinner! Really a course in family dynamics and the true interest and energy of an attorney with a “mission.” This documentary of a real-life family inheritance struggle sure sends a message.  Glad it turned out as it did.

Bette Hamilton
Eagle Point, OR

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I finished reading your book around 3 a.m. and must tell you how much I enjoyed reading it. Thank you and Mr. Pfarr for writing something so unique in both style and content.

Dorothea Nordstrand
Published Writer
Seattle, WA

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading John and Suzanne’s book on my way to New York in June. What a story about Suzanne’s family history and the ordeal of the lawsuit! I thought the two authors really meshed their writings well together and gave a very coherent understanding of all the trials and tribulations they went through. Great job!

Lorraine Scotto-Hennecke
California

The most beautiful part of the book was Suzanne’s presentation and characterization of her family members. Suzanne is an artist at using her pen (or WP) as a brush to lovingly paint pictures of each family member so vividly. What a special family!

Aloise I. McDonald
Author “A Looking Glass”
Federal Way, WA.