This legal thriller about the intricate dirty politics of the judicial system is an entertaining read. It is a page-turner centering around a high-profile murder, which sheds details about family and work relationships and conflicts of interest. We read pertinent examples about attorney/client privilege, nepotism within the system, abusive work situations for lawyers, “old boys” networks, mafia, blackmail, loyalty, posturing, and forgiveness. The protagonist, Aaron Littman — husband, father and superstar defense lawyer — is like an adopted son to Sam Rosenthal, founder of the most powerful law firm in New York City, Cromwell Altman Rosenthal and White. Aaron has made a huge personal mistake which may bring down his family and career as well as the entire law firm. The author is himself a criminal defense attorney and knows his subject well. His writing is good, and characters are explored comprehensively as Mitzner takes the reader through each step of the litigating process. Each nuance of the case is hashed out within the dialogue so that one feels like an invisible participant in the thought processes and case proceedings. There is, thankfully, little emphasis on sentimentality. The reader quickly learns that truth and justice are not mutual goals in the judicial world.
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