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By Andy Greenberg
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Aside from its fascination with the law’s intricacies, the book has also been applauded for its clear-eyed depiction of the real-life decisions that corporate lawyers face. Centered around a D.C. corporate law firm headed by a ruthless and mercenary managing partner, the novel deals with the ethical as often as the technical issues of practicing law. Alan Dershowitz compliments its “gritty portrayal” of a “service industry that does little more than help the superrich get even richer.”

But Roosevelt, who says that he enjoyed his time at Mayer Brown & Platt, is quick to point out that his message is not entirely cynical. He describes an e-mail he received from a young fan: “He told me that he’d always wanted to be a lawyer and people were always telling him that it was a terrible, soulless profession. But after reading the book he was more determined than ever, because he realized how important it was to have good ethical lawyers.”

Although Roosevelt plans on writing more novels in the future, he’s currently putting his fiction-writing career on the back-burner in order to focus on academic writing and teaching. But his next book, a scholarly work on Constitutional interpretation to be published by Yale University Press, will have a tough act to follow.
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