Warner, 2003 (2001)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ith the ink barely dry on her Harvard Law School diploma, Kate Paine is hired by the prestigious Manhattan law firm of Samson & Mills. She becomes mired almost immediately in the intrigues that go on away from the courtrooms. When a beautiful partner in the firm is brutally murdered, Kate's neatly planned future starts a downward plunge. Things are not what they should be and Kate feels out of control.
hen a reasonable explanation is found for the murder, Kate falls back on a sentence from a law book - '
Equivocal death investigations are those inquiries that are open to interpretation.
' And she thought she had troubles before! First time author Gutman has woven an engrossing tale with an intriguing background, and has peopled her book with believable characters - some whom you would love to hate. The story escalates with each page turned and the climax will have you on the edge of your chair.
is a lawyer book on a par with one by Grisham or Turow - or possibly Lisa Scottlini without the humor. It 's an engrossing look at behind the scenes in the legal community. A triumph of a first novel. I look forward to Gutman's second.
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