Special Circumstances

by Sheldon Siegel

Random House Publishing Group | June 26, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound

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Debut author Sheldon Siegel bursts into the legal thriller arena with a riveting courtroom drama, exposing the world of big-time law firms and lawyers in a fresh, sharp-witted, wonderfully sardonic page-turner.

Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco''s most prominent law firms. Today he''s out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him.

As he prepares his case, Daley uncovers the firm''s dirtiest secrets. It doesn''t take long for him to discover that in this trial, ambition, friendship, greed, and long-standing grudges will play just as important a role as truth and justice.

Brilliantly paced, crackling with energy and suspense, Special Circumstances reminds us why we love to hate lawyers - but can''t get enough of courtroom drama when it''s done this well.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 576 pages, 6.88 × 4.22 × 1.21 in

Published: June 26, 2001

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553581929

ISBN - 13: 9780553581928

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Special Circumstances

by Sheldon Siegel

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 576 pages, 6.88 × 4.22 × 1.21 in

Published: June 26, 2001

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553581929

ISBN - 13: 9780553581928

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“Founded in 1929 and headquartered in San Francisco, Simpson and Gates is the largest full-service law firm based west of the Mississippi. With over nine hundred attorneys in eighteen offices on four continents, Simpson and Gates is recognized as an international leader in the legal profession.” — Simpson and Gates attorney recruiting brochure. “For three hundred and fifty dollars an hour, I''d bite the heads off live chickens.” — J. Robert Holmes Jr., chairman, Simpson and Gates corporate department. Welcoming remarks to new attorneys. For the last twenty years or so, being a partner in a big corporate law firm has been like having a license to print money. At my firm, Simpson and Gates, we''ve had a license to print a lot of money. At six-fifteen in the evening of Tuesday, December 30, the printing press is running at full speed forty-eight floors above California Street in downtown San Francisco in what our executive committee modestly likes to call our world headquarters. Our 320 attorneys are housed in opulent offices on eight floors at the top of the Bank of America Building, a fifty-two-story bronze edifice that takes up almost an entire city block and is the tallest and ugliest testimonial to unimaginative architecture in the city skyline. Our two-story rosewood-paneled reception area is about the size of a basketball court. A reception desk that is longer than a city bus sits at the south end of the forty-eighth floor, and I can se
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Debut author Sheldon Siegel bursts into the legal thriller arena with a riveting courtroom drama, exposing the world of big-time law firms and lawyers in a fresh, sharp-witted, wonderfully sardonic page-turner.

Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco''s most prominent law firms. Today he''s out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him.

As he prepares his case, Daley uncovers the firm''s dirtiest secrets. It doesn''t take long for him to discover that in this trial, ambition, friendship, greed, and long-standing grudges will play just as important a role as truth and justice.

Brilliantly paced, crackling with energy and suspense, Special Circumstances reminds us why we love to hate lawyers - but can''t get enough of courtroom drama when it''s done this well.

About the Author

Sheldon Siegel, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley''s Boalt Law School, has been in private practice in San Francisco for over fifteen years. He lives in Marin County with his wife and twin sons. His second novel featuring Mike Daley, Incriminating Evidence, will be published by Bantam Books in August 2001.

Editorial Reviews

"A rousing legal thriller."
- Chicago Sun-Times

"A page-turner of the finger-burning kind."
- San Francisco Chronicle

"An A+ first novel."
- The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A poignant, feisty tale ... characters so finely drawn you can almost smell their fear and desperation. The dialogue is taut and tangy."
- USA Today

"By the time the whole circus ends up in the courtroom, the hurtling plot threatens to rip paper cuts into readers'' hands."
- San Francisco Chronicle


Don''t miss Sheldon Siegel''s latest legal thriller featuring Mike Daley:

Incriminating Evidence

Available in hardcover July 31, 2001, wherever Bantam Books are sold
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