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In The Shadow of The Law

By Kermit Roosevelt

In The Shadow of The Law
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2005,
    370 pages.
    Paperback: Jun 2006,
    464 pages.

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A complex, ambitious and gripping first novel

The setting of Roosevelt's first novel is a big law firm on Washington DC's K Street. K Street being the home for many of the most powerful Washington lobbyists (to the point that the part of K Street that passes through the downtown area has been referred to as the fourth branch of government!)  As the story opens, the firm has two particularly challenging cases on, one a class action suit against a Texas chemical company, and the other a pro bono case assigned to eager young associate Mark Clayton.  So far this sounds pretty much like many another legal thriller - but Roosevelt's is a little more thoughtful than most - combining enough twists and turns to keep thing interesting while also ...

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"If the first few pages of Roosevelt's debut call to mind John Grisham, don't be fooled. This isn't a plot-driven legal thriller of the sort Grisham writes.....Legal terms and concepts abound so this isn't breezy reading; thought-provoking is a much more accurate description." - Booklist

"[An] outstanding debut...the book transcends the legal thriller genre.....Most of all it's the vividness and complexity of the characters." - Publishers Weekly starred review.

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