I love Tom Holt books, but must confess this took a while to get into its stride. Excellently written, the opening chapters really set the scene and the atmosphere of stultifying dullness and ennui in law firms - but at the expense of Holt's usually masterful pace. Keep reading it though - it gets so much better. The plot is cracking, the characters mostly lawyers. In addition to predictable character traits, they fall into two camps, very much not sheep and goats. The probate-lawyer hero has no interest in the work, a dearth of ambition and a distinct lack of friends. Until his old school friends track him down, whereupon life gets a lot more interesting. I loved this book for the denoument: really, really not what I expected. All in all, a most entertaining (after a disappointingly slow start) and engaging book, with plenty of humour, sustained excitement and actually some unexpectedly dark moments. I'd definitely recommend this if you are a fan of Holt, but if you're not in the legal profession or au fait with it, this book may not be quite so much to your taste.