Invest in some wrist supports or download. This book is 860 pages - 860 pages! - of such singularly good writing that you may even wish it were longer.
24-year old New York public defender Casi is like a young Rumpole on speed! Spend time with him and the myriad dregs of humanity that wash up at the courthouse. Listen to his friends' discourse on everything from the philosophy of drugs, religion and planning the perfect crime to the joys of Television (always spelt with a capital T; De la Pava is Very Clever with his use of capitals and lower case). Hang out with his Columbian family (they're so warm, they're sure to invite you in. Feed you, even). Glaze over a bit when Casi recalls snatches of his dreams. Compare his many detours to the boxing-ring with the gladiatorial aspect of the courtroom. Follow the minutiae of his cases, both serious and trivial. Don't look for too much plot. Just sit back and enjoy New York doing what New York does best. Throwing up character after character, situation after situation, all seen through the eyes of your brilliant narrator Casi. Possibly the most genuine guy you've ever met on the page. Certainly the most remarkable book you'll read this year. Wrists allowing.
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