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A gripping inside look at high-stakes lawyering, A Patent Lie is further evidence that Paul Goldstein is an emerging master of the legal thriller.
After being forced from his high-powered Manhattan law firm, Michael Seeley—the tough-but-wounded hero of Errors and Omissions—has set up shop in his native Buffalo. Partly out of need, partly out of pride, Seeley takes on a case for his estranged brother, whose small biotech firm is suing a Swiss pharmaceutical giant over a controversial new AIDS vaccine. Seeley heads out to Silicon Valley to lead the case, but soon realizes there is much more at stake than he was first led to believe. As certain partnerships come to light, and financial gains become staggeringly clear, Seeley’s own life may be in grave danger.
“John Grisham made the contemporary legal thriller into a bestselling genre. Goldstein has transformed the genre into an art form.” —Dallas Morning News
“Fresh and original.” —Sue Grafton
“A complex story, very well told, of a gray and shifting universe in which most things are not what they seem.” —San Jose Mercury News
“Smart, challenging. . . . Among the novel’s pleasures are [Goldstein's] insights into lawyers and the games they play.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Timely and fascinating. . . . Gives readers interested in the drama of a high-value legal case a great reward for their attention.” —Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered