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Author: Paul Goldstein Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Series:The Michael Seeley Series Release Date: August 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415949993

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Forced out of his high-powered Manhattan law firm and stuck in a dead-end solo practice, Michael Seeley, the tough-but-wounded hero of Errors and Omissions, cannot say no when his estranged brother, Leonard, head of research at upstart biotech Vaxtek, Inc., flies in from California to beg him to take over the company’s lawsuit for patent infringement of its pathbreaking AIDS vaccine after the sudden death of the lead trial lawyer. The financial and moral stakes of the case are staggering, and Seeley suspects that murder cannot be ruled out as a hardball litigation tactic of big-pharma adversary St. Gall Laboratories. As Seeley travels between San Francisco and Silicon Valley to prepare for trial, dark facts surface concerning the vaccine’s discovery by Vaxtek scientist Alan Steinhardt and its alleged theft by St. Gall researcher Lily Warren. Ethical quandaries deepen into mortal danger as the trial, under the stern prodding of federal judge Ellen Farnsworth, rushes to its unexpected end. A timely and fascinating look at how the law operates at its most arcane yet financially consequential, A Patent Lie is further evidence that Paul Goldstein is an emerging master of the legal thriller.

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  • [S]pins out a fresh, sharp-witted drama about Hollywood’s blacklist . . . Goldstein, who does a fine job of breaking down complicated moral, ethical and historical issues to understandable nuggets, has laid the foundation for what could be a strong franchise.

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Compares favorably with the best legal thrillers of the likes of John Grisham . . . [Errors and Omissions] qualifies Goldstein for a high position among recent crime fiction.

    - Political Affairs
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  • Memorable [and] pleasurable . . . Goldstein displays the keen eye and sure hand of a gifted writer.

    - Wall Street Journal
  • “A compelling yarn and a fascinating glimpse at one of the more notorious chapters in Hollywood history.

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • It’s difficult to convey the mounting excitement with which I turned the pages . . . the writing [is] masterful, not one wasted word . . . A terrific read.

    - Sue Grafton

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fun, light novel featuring the bay area, patent law, some interesting characters, trial lawyers, and a reasonably smart premise for some surprise twists. "

    - Eugene, 6/5/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is an early John Grisham-esque book (John Grisham not being worth reading these days). I heard about it on NPR radio and thought it might be worth a read. It did keep my attention; finished it in a day or two. Courtroom dramas are always interesting. "

    - Christiane, 4/7/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting story line, but it kind of plodded along. "

    - Jon, 6/17/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Nicely done mystery about a patent lawyer, AIDS research, and brothers who just seem to hate each other. Twists in the plot kept it moving for me, and reading this made me want to go back and read the prequel, same protagonist. It's on my request list now... "

    - Stephanie, 6/15/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very good book. Side of the courtroom I had not read about. "

    - Bruce, 1/25/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A good, fast-paced courtroom drama in the same vein as Grisham or Connelly (but not quite AS GOOD). Explores intellectual property and patent law and ethics realted to pharmaceutical companies. I would have preferred a little more mystery and suspense--the book didn't quite pull it all off. "

    - Clare, 1/16/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I enjoyed this, although found the characters all unlikeable. Maybe if I go back and read the first book I will care more about the hero's angst, instead of getting tired of his whining. Also, there was nothing about him to explain why women flung themselves at him! "

    - CLM, 12/12/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great setting in the San Francisco Bay Area! "

    - David, 1/20/2011
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I could not finish this book, it was interesting for awhile, and then half way thru I just gave up, the story line was interesting on the civil suit of a small pharmeceutical company going up against one of the big guys for stealing their AIDS vaccine formula. It was just too draggy for me. "

    - Susan, 1/13/2011
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Just because Goldstein teaches law doesn't mean he can write a believable story about a BigLaw trial. He gets all the details wrong, which I usually forgive, but his prose was so generic that I was compulsively rolling my eyes. I think I got about a third of the way through the book. "

    - Sarah, 7/7/2010
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Given my job how could I resist?? It is supposed to be fiction so I will let you know if "normal" people would be interested :) "

    - Kristie, 7/11/2009

About the Author

Paul Goldstein is the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on intellectual property law. A graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Law School, he is of counsel to the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP and has regularly been included in Best Lawyers in America. A native of New York, he now lives in Menlo Park, California, with his family.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael, winner of several Earphones Awards, has also won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.