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Not really worth it
on 20 June 2009
The book starts on a good premise. A prominent and ruthless lawyer who has just got her latest client off commits suicide. What drove her to it? Is it the fact that the main witness in her latest case was so humiliated by her that she killed herself? Can such an uncompromising and cruelly efficient lawyer be moved to remorse? Hardly likely! It makes compulsive reading at first but unfortunately the book doesn't hold on its promise. It soon becomes predictable, sometimes ridiculous and the prose itself is hardly good quality. What's more, as another reader pointed at, it has that major flaw, mainly that the transcript from the case at the heart of the story shows a lawyer using such language to a witness that I feel sure that no judge could let her get away with it. It thereby destroys the book's credibility in a way that its simple structure,easy-to-guess-at ending and lacklustre prose cannot restore.