Anonymous Lawyer

Jeremy Blachman

Anonymous Lawyer
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Anonymous Lawyer

Jeremy Blachman

A wickedly funny novel about a high-powered lawyer whose shockingly candid blog about life inside his firm threatens to destroy him. He’s a hiring partner at one of the world’s largest law firms. Brilliant yet ruthless, he has little patience for associates who leave the office before midnight or steal candy from the bowl on his secretary’s desk. He hates holidays and paralegals. And he’s just started a web-blog to tell the world about what life is really like at the top of his profession. Meet Anonymous Lawyer - corner office, granite desk, and a billable rate of $675 an hour. The summer is about to start, and he’s got a new crop of law school interns who will soon sign away their lives for a six-figure salary at the firm. But he’s also got a few problems that require his attention. There’s The Jerk, his bitter rival at the firm, who is determined to do whatever it takes to beat him out for the chairman’s job. There’s Anonymous Wife, who is spending his money as fast as he can make it. And there’s that secret blog he’s writing, which is a perverse bit of fun until he gets an e-mail from someone inside the firm who knows he’s its author. Written in the form of a blog, Anonymous Lawyer is a fiendishly clever and hilarious debut that rips away the bland fa ade of corporate law and offers a telling glimpse inside a frightening world.

Review

This book is so funny that you might just want to start reading it again the moment you finish it. Anonymous Lawyer, a partner at a top US firm, starts a weblog in order to have a place to write about his life. With a dry sense of humour and a more-than-cynical view of human nature, he is the ideal candidate to expose the ruthless machinations of the world of corporate law.

All is deadpan hilarity until he receives an email from someone from his firm, informing him that they know exactly who is behind the blog. Then things start to get complicated. Anyone who loves black comedy and ruthless satire will be hooked on this book within the first few pages, and will probably consider it one of the funniest books they’ve ever read. I certainly did.

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