It's the summer of 1994, and Gus Bondoc is going under. One of the best civil-defense lawyers in San Francisco, he's survived by sheer cunning and strict control. But when everything goes wrong at once - when a jury hits his biggest client with a $12 million penalty just after an entry-level employee helps a foreign government wrest $16 million from the most dangerous man he's ever worked for and then sets out to seduce him - Bondoc falls back on his worst instincts and the wrong people.
"Great voice, great book"
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 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.
"The price helps..."