From Oscar Wilde to Thomas Wolfe to Jack Kerouac, the roman à clef has been a sturdy literary tradition. In Bad Law, Will Nathan takes the genre into new territory in his second novel populated by the thinly veiled icons of the local Bar and judiciary.
With a cast of characters to rival War and Peace, Nathan runs the gamut from delicious lampoon to brutal assault, as he mercilessly sketches many of the characters he has encountered in several decades of white-shoe business law and civil litigation. The central character, a towering sociopath who personifies the late-millennial Gold Rush mentality that took hold at one of the City's oldest and best-established firms, leading to its downfall, is presented in a relentlessly scathing portrait of hubris run amok.
“Hard cases, it is said, make bad law. But they can also make good novels, and Will Nathan has done so with a gripping tale of the seamy side of law practice; replete with ethical crises and missteps; heartless firm politics; and the brutal, fragile road to success. The story may make you uncomfortable because the fiction is only a disguise for reality, a reality many of us have faced. But, fiction or fact, Mr. Nathan’s crisply written, insightful and unyielding novel holds you until its conclusion—and even then it stays with you.” (Jerome Shestack, Esq., former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Past President of the American Bar Association, and 2006 winner of the American Bar Association Medal)
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