In the Shadow of the Law

  • by Kermit Roosevelt
  • Narrated by Craig Wasson
  • 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Morgan Siler is one of Washington, D.C.'s most powerful K Street law firms, its roster of clients stocked with multi-billion-dollar corporations. Through the obsessive efforts of its founder's son, Peter Morgan, his father's old-fashioned business has been transformed into a veritable goliath, embracing bankruptcy and merger divisions that Archibald Morgan had deemed ungentlemanly. As Peter reaches the pinnacle of his career, his firm is embroiled in two difficult cases: a pro bono death-penalty case in Virginia, and a class-action lawsuit brought against Hubble Chemical of Texas after an on-site explosion killed dozens of workers. Assigned to these cases is a group of young associates and seasoned partners struggling to make their way in the firm. Mark Clayton, fresh out of law school, is beginning to loathe his dull workload, and to be frightened by the downgrading of his personal life, when he is assigned to the pro bono case. Assisting him is the mercurial Walker Eliot, a brilliant third-year associate whose passion for the law is as great as his skill at unraveling its intricacies. The aggressive, profane, and wildly successful litigator Harold Fineman is leading the Hubble defense, assisted by first-year Katja Phillips, whose twin devotion to productivity and idealism intrigue him, and Ryan Grady, another first-year, whose quest to pick up girls is starting to interfere with his work.In this complex, ambitious, and gripping first novel, Kermit Roosevelt vividly illustrates the subtle and stark effects of the law on the lives not only of a group of lawyers, but also on communities and private citizens. In the Shadow of the Law is a meditation about the life of the law, the organism that is a law firm, and its impact on those who come within its powerful orbit.

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What the Critics Say

"Impressive." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Outstanding debut....A fascinating insider's look into the culture of a high-stakes firm....Most of all it's the vividness and complexity of the characters, drawn with the precision and authority of a winning legal argument, that heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice." (Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent

This is a great audiobook, I could hardly put it down.
The book shows the inside workings of a high powered D.C. lawfirm through the eyes of some of its associates and partners. Some of the characters are likeable and some are less so but all seem human, real, and very well developed.
Do not expect a high energy courtroom thriller though. Instead, this book leads the listener into the inner intricacies of the law, the lawfirm, and into the minds of the lawyers. In addition to the actual happenings, the characters tend to philosophise about their lives and the law, which makes this book somehow deeper and more gripping than the usual legal mysteries.
The reader was also very good and definitely added to the listening experience.
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- Emese

A waste of credits

If you thought you hated lawyers before you read this catastrophy, you'll absolutely loath them by the end (if you bother to get to the end). This is about the most muddled story line I have come across in years. The book is badly written and horribly structured. Half the time you won't know where you are and eventually you won't care.

Your only hope is that after you fling the discs out of your moving car into a field that no child will pick them up and mistake this train wreck for a readable book.

How do these things get published? Have all the editors died or something?

Save your credits and your sanity...
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- Daniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape