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Zarcocostas does a nice job of keeping the story a mystery and keeping the reader wanting more. I really enjoyed the look from inside a big legal firm and how he emphasized the the less sensational job responsibilities of a lawyer working on cases - the less glamorous things that don't happen in a courtroom, that happen during litigation and investigation, something that I think only an experienced lawyer would know about and a good writer could expose.
The story mainly follows Gabe (senior partner), Micah (newly recruited litigator) and Raphael (lawyer trying to make partner). I thought all the characters were developed excellently, especially Raphael, who is the comic relief - but his comedy stems from an overbearing pressure of trying to exceed his colleagues and bill more hours than any other lawyer, so he can make partner. He's the one with the crude jokes and fast lane lifestyle. Gabe is a dynamic character in a sticky situation, unraveling from the core of existence, trying to make good on promises he can't keep. Micah is a very green, naive lawyer who's been out of law school only a few years. My only complaint is I didn't like his dialog at all. I liked his story, but he always retorts with corny flustered lines, but that could be the author's intention.
There is two different time lines in the plot (one is moving forward in time from the past, so it starts out a year earlier, the other is moving forward in time from the present, both converge at the same date for the climax - I thought it was a great literary device) and maybe people with less attention spans can get confused. I didn't think it was all that difficult to follow the separate timelines. I could only see it as a setback if you read some of the book, put it down and came back a few weeks later - forgetting what happened.
Micah Grayson was fresh out of law school--had done some extensive clerking for a federal court judge back home in Kentucky, and he set his sights on the bright lights and hustle and bustle of New York City. When he interviews with a partner, who later turns out to be his mentor, Gabe Weiss, the lessons he learns from working in a huge law firm stretched even further than what Micah thought he was capable of.
The characters in the story are strong and so life-like. I loved how the author took you back to the past and mixed in the present with it. One thing I love is when an author can weave several stories together, leaving your mind in a whirlwind wondering what the hell is going on, and then when the story starts to take shape and the reader becomes one with all the plots and then--BOOM you're smacked with a damn good story and great ending to boot! If you love legal thrillers, this is the book to read. Lookout John Grisham, you've got some competition here. Michael I bet you're one hell of an attorney. I understood every single thing you did in this book. Outstanding. Looking forward to more work from you! BRAVO!!!!