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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (181 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kermit Roosevelt Narrator: Craig Wasso Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Morgan Siler is one of Washington, D.C.'s most powerful K Street law firms, its roster of clients stocked with multi-billion-dollar corporations. Through the obsessive efforts of its founder's son, Peter Morgan, his father's old-fashioned business has been transformed into a veritable goliath, embracing bankruptcy and merger divisions that Archibald Morgan had deemed ungentlemanly. As Peter reaches the pinnacle of his career, his firm is embroiled in two difficult cases: a pro bono death-penalty case in Virginia, and a class-action lawsuit brought against Hubble Chemical of Texas after an on-site explosion killed dozens of workers. 

Assigned to these cases is a group of young associates and seasoned partners struggling to make their way in the firm. Mark Clayton, fresh out of law school, is beginning to loathe his dull workload, and to be frightened by the downgrading of his personal life, when he is assigned to the pro bono case. Assisting him is the mercurial Walker Eliot, a brilliant third-year associate whose passion for the law is as great as his skill at unraveling its intricacies. The aggressive, profane, and wildly successful litigator Harold Fineman is leading the Hubble defense, assisted by first-year Katja Phillips, whose twin devotion to productivity and idealism intrigue him, and Ryan Grady, another first-year, whose quest to pick up girls is starting to interfere with his work.

In this complex, ambitious, and gripping first novel, Kermit Roosevelt vividly illustrates the subtle and stark effects of the law on the lives not only of a group of lawyers, but also on communities and private citizens. In the Shadow of the Law is a meditation about the life of the law, the organism that is a law firm, and its impact on those who come within its powerful orbit. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nick | 8/21/2013

    " Well written, if not the best storyline in the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 7/22/2013

    " Enough nefarious doings to drive the plot forward, and enough thoughtful reflections on the practice of law, through a panoply of well-developed characters, to make these nefarious doings matter. A taxonomy of the moral lives of lawyers, I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Madelyn | 4/4/2013

    " Not a bad legal thriller, but Roosevelt is no Grisham. It was a decent beach read last year while I was on vacation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brandon Lawson | 3/5/2013

    " It was a quick, easy read and was interesting. Overall, though, it just wasn't as stirring as I hoped. "

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About the Author
Author Kermit Roosevelt

Kermit Roosevelt is an assistant professor of law at the University of Pennslyvania Law School. A former clerk to a US Supreme Court Justice, he is a graduate of Yale Law School and has worked for law firms in New York, Chicago and Washington, DC.