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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451658788
  • ASIN: B00CC6NHIM
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

“Tug Wyler is accustomed to giving the New York Bar a run for its money. Another day, another allegation of malpractice, yet he always seems to find his way out. He’s a passionate advocate for his clients, who are often from the unseemly side of life. Many of his cases trickle down from Henry Benson, a high-profile criminal-defense attorney known for defending unsavory characters. So it’s a little odd when Benson hands Tug a case involving getting unhired by the family of Suzy, a girl with sickle-cell anemia whose negligent care apparently resulted in severe brain damage. The trouble is that what happened to Suzy was unpreventable and not the fault of the hospital. It takes a sophisticated argument to get out of such a case, and Tug is just the guy to make it. But as he learns more about Suzy’s care and meets Suzy’s impressive mother, he uncovers dark secrets concerning the hospital, its administration, and certain staff. Resourceful, funny, and thoroughly antiestablishment, Tug makes an ideal protagonist; let’s hope this debut novel is the start of a series.”

From Kirkus Reviews

The plot twists keep coming in this legal thriller by Siegel, a first-time author who calls on his own experience as a personal injury and malpractice lawyer. .  . .
Hero and narrator Tug Wyler is a hard-boiled Manhattan lawyer who specializes in personal injury but usually winds up with robbers and murderers as clients. As a favor to an associate, he takes on the not-very-promising case of Suzy, a young sickle cell patient who suffered a brain-damaging stroke during hospitalization. Nothing initially points to malpractice, but Wyler’s instincts tell him that a key witness is lying. His search for the truth is accompanied by a few false leads, three separate attempts on his life and a potential love affair with Suzy’s mother. . . . The book’s fast-moving plot makes it a quick, enjoyable read, with some colorful characters, including a mysterious neighborhood avenger. The author’s background gives a ring of truth to the plot twists and litigation scenes, and he avoids going off on legal tangents unless the plot requires them.

More About the Author

When a guy's been practicing law in New York City for over twenty years and is about to publish his first novel, you don't look at him and think, "Hey, at Great Neck North High School on Long Island, they kept him in remedial reading through eleventh grade." But it's true. There I was, meeting three times a week with about five other students in a classroom with a solid wooden door and a tiny window set up high to prevent nosy kids from sneaking a peek. The only problem was that, by junior year, everybody else was tall enough to look in.

Being seen there never bothered me, though. If one of my buddies tapped on the window to catch my attention, making a stupid face, I merely held up my bag of Doritos, sipped my ice-cold Coke and pointed to the TV remote I was holding. Then, before turning back to the screen, I'd flash him a big grin.

In fact, I should have been out of there sooner. But I was in no hurry to say good-bye to those deep, comfy chairs and fully stocked vending machines, the only ones in the building. As I sat there happily munching chips, it never once occurred to me I might one day publish a novel. What a crazy idea.

But all things turn out to be connected -- even if you don't always understand right away why or how they are. From that classroom came my earliest identification with the underdog. Okay, I had great deal more confidence than the rest of the kids sitting around me -- and none of their other problems -- but I'd been one of them. I knew what it felt like to be on the wrong side of the door.

Justice is something you shouldn't have to compete for . . . but it is.

After I graduated from law school and began practicing, I quickly realized it was the little guys of this world, the small fry, the ordinary joes who don't know how to stand up for themselves, who most engaged -- and needed -- my legal expertise and my fighting spirit.

So how did Tug Wyler come into being? He was undoubtedly hanging around, shadowing my daily life for a long time; I just didn't know it. But here's the short version: one morning, on the train into the city from Westchester--where I live with my wife, three kids, three dogs and an upstairs cat--the idea of him just appeared in my head. I don't know from where. But there he was.

Unable to shake the spell he cast, I began to write, each morning when I got on Metro North, what's now become Suzy's Case. But I was doing it only to amuse myself. I sure didn't read courtroom mysteries or legal thrillers; as far as I was concerned, I was living them.

It's common to diss malpractice and personal injury lawyers. Ambulance chasers, they call us. Me, I see it differently. As far as I'm concerned, we're the Robin Hoods of the profession, righting wrongs with every bit the same commitment he had to putting those culpable, most often the rich and powerful, in their place.

Anyone, in an instant, can become a victim. Even you.

The rush to cover up genuine wrongs of the sort that lie at the heart of Suzy's Case -- and the other Tug Wyler adventures I intend to write -- happens continually out there in the real world. Believe me, fiction doesn't know the half of it. What keeps me going into my office without fail each morning is my compulsion to make the system work for the injured victim when the big insurance companies vigorously resist such an outcome. It isn't easy, but it's what I do, and I love it.

I should add, it's no secret I enjoy joking around and have what some might even call a warped sense of humor. But though my methods may appear like smart-aleck comedy to my adversary or to the fellow in the robe with the gavel, my frequently unconventional approach is critical to helping me stay sane, dealing as I do on a daily basis with one set of catastrophic circumstances after another. One thing is certain: no one opposing me is ever able to anticipate all the angles I might spring in the course of a legal brawl.

For Tug Wyler readers, I promise the same mix: a rule-bending high-tension conflict during the course of which you'll laugh in spite of yourself . . . while never knowing what's going to happen next. Like me, Tug's the kind of street-smart push-it-to-the-limit lawyer you'd want on your side when the worst has happened.

Customer Reviews

I Could not put the book down and read it in two days.
Amazon Customer
I thought the plot was so interesting and the twists and turns kept me on my toes.
merri
The supporting characters are also interesting as well as entertaining.
Dee Abrams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Josh on July 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I spent a few days at the beach this week and was looking for a few great reads to help pass the time and take my mind away from my own law practice. As a NYC litigator myself I was hesitant to spend my free time reading about another lawyer and his case but the book came recommended to me by a friend and I thought I'd give it a go. I am really glad i did. It's a fabulous book that tells a great story with truly memorable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I doubt I will forget Suzy's case and I'd imagine that first time author Siegel has a great future here with some of these great personalities. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By New York Lawyer on July 30, 2012
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I am a New York attorney who practices medical malpractice and I read this book and was quite impressed! The author gives a real insight into the New York civil litigation and gives a realistic story with exciting characters that you will root for and others you will dwell about long after you finish the book. I read this book in two days as this terrible, devastating story of the main character kept me intrigued and wanting to learn more. The authors ability to add in a thrilling mix of murder and mystery, all the while keeping to a real portrayal of the sad uphill battle of malpractice victims as they seek justice from the courts of the State of New York. There needs to be more books like this one, and more authors like Mr. Siegel who give an inside look to the real obstacles that must be overcome by victims of medical negligence seeking compensation for horrific injuries. Kudos to Mr. Siegel and I highly recomend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, mysteries, drama and a real insight to pursuit of civil justice in New York.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire Thake on September 7, 2013
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Suzys case is about a girl called Suzy who is in hospital with sickle cell disease, when something happens and she is confined to a wheel chair. Suzy's mother June files a malpractice suit against the hospital and the doctor and has been fighting for 6 years, when the case is given to law attorney Tug to close. Tug then gets to know Suzy and and her story and realises things are not always so clear cut.

After reading the book synopsis i wasn't sure if i would enjoy this or not but boy did I!! June was a great character with the determination to do what was right for her daughter, and as a mother myself I really felt for what she was going through and her dedication towards her daughter.

I found this a very interesting read, and a great insight into parts of the legal system as well as medical. Its also lovely and refreshing to read about a lawyer who is determined to do the right thing at any cost. Tug is a tough guy with a soft side which makes him a very interesting character to read.

This book is well written and a great debut with lots of turns and twists to keep you reading. Definitely worth a read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By readsumore on April 22, 2013
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This book was unique for me as a reader in that I strongly disliked the main character and yet continued to read because the story was intriguing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 18, 2013
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A novel of conspiracy and cover-up. The author interjects humor into a well written investigative storyline. The personality of the characters shine through in this novel, leaving the reader with the sense that they know them personally by the end of the book. Thoroughly engrossing and entertaining while dealing with serious subject matter.
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By May Salha on November 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Excellent read. I fell in love with the story, the main character and mostly little Suzy. The case is sad but the events are described with a unique sense of humor. The author is not worried to make fun of himself and others. I found myself laughing out loud! But mostly I enjoyed the legal intricacies and the deep knowledge of the system. Fun and intelligent! Looking forward Mr Siegel's next book
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By Rick on June 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This story of deception and investigative intuition is a great read. As a personal injury attorney, myself, it is easy to see where Tug's experiences in Suzy's Case mirror those of a great trial attorney, despite the sarcasm and humor that comes with this well thought out protagonist. It was a fun, exciting, and heart-wrenching ride. I have in the past, and will continue in the future, to recommend this book to all of my family and friends. I truly cant wait for the next adventure with Tug!
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Suzy's Case is an amazing read. I literally looked forward to my train ride commute each day so I could dive back into the wonderful ride of a story. Andy Siegel does an incredible job of developing the characters, so much so that you feel like you've known them your whole life and you begin to miss them even before the story comes to an end. I could not recommend this book more to anyone who likes a story that beautifully combines a mysterious, heart-felt legal drama, with the backdrop of comedic self-awareness we can all relate to. The story line will keep you guessing and on your toes throughout, yet unlike too many other disappointing endings, Suzy's Case brings it all together at the end with a satisfying bow on it. A true literary gift. I can't wait for Andy Siegel's next "Case."
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