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Thursday, June 09, 2005

In the Shadow of the Law

Shadow_1 Our guest blogger Kim Roosevelt has done something only a few law professors have done -- write a novel.  I just checked out the page for the book on Amazon.com and it sounds terrific.  Here's a review from Publisher's Weekly:

Starred Review. This outstanding debut goes behind the scenes at Morgan Siler, one of Washington, D.C.'s most powerful K Street law firms, as several lawyers become embroiled in two difficult cases: a pro bono death penalty case in Virginia and a class action suit brought against a Texas chemical corporation after an explosion kills dozens of workers. Assigned to the pro bono case is the earnest, rumpled first-year associate Mark Clayton, who wonders, as he struggles with sleep deprivation and trying to reach his billable-hours target, if he hasn't made a terrible career choice. Also on the case is the brilliant, cocksure young lawyer Walker Eliot. Leading the Hubble Chemical defense is the ferocious litigator Harold Fineman, and lording over them all is Peter Morgan, the supremely confident, never-satisfied managing partner of the firm. Though the novel features plenty of satisfying twists and turns, the book transcends the legal thriller genre. Roosevelt, who practiced and teaches law and who once clerked for Justice Souter, offers a fascinating insider's look into the culture of a high-stakes firm, while also presenting a considered meditation on the law itself and its potential to compromise those driven to practice it. 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.

I'll be getting a copy. 

Posted by Daniel Solove on June 9, 2005 at 11:34 PM in Books, Daniel Solove | Permalink

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And let's not forget the most high-profile law prof novel of the last few years: *The Emperor of Ocean Park,* by Steven Carter (at Yale). I believe he got a five million dollar deal for that novel and a second, soon to be forthcoming?

Reviews of the novel (which I read) were mixed, but reviews of his literary agent's deal-making were unanimously positive!

Posted by: Laura | Jun 10, 2005 11:50:43 AM

I wonder how many law professors write novels. I interviewed with one professor last year at AALS -- Corinna Barrett Lain of Richmond -- who mentioned that she had written a novel. (I couldn't find it on Amazon, though).

Oh, and I don't think that this one counts as a law prof book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0671887459/qid=1118415606/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_5/103-4256739-8941453?v=glance&s=books .

I suspect there's a little bit of identity mix-up there. But maybe not. Maybe Judge Posner does write teen-market horror novels. He's written just about everything else that there is to write.

Posted by: Kaimi | Jun 10, 2005 11:06:35 AM

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