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Graduate student Kay Claussen learns that as the main beneficiary in her just-deceased uncle's will, she could soon be a millionaire. She has sixty days to meet certain conditions of the will, or the money will go to her cousins, who have retained a powerful law firm.
To fight them, Kay is forced to hire Grace O'Higgins, a young rookie attorney. Armed with her wits, intelligence, and a wise secretary in a two-room office, Grace finds herself entwined in the most difficult case of her career with her most intriguing client. With offers, counter-offers, threats and death thrown into the mix, it is not possible to predict how this novel will end.
Within a short timeline, the author has woven a story of multiple layers. On the surface, "Doorstep of Depravity" is about a woman and her lawyer fighting to save her inheritance. This tale supports the story of the opposing law firm that has the advantage of numerous interns, paralegals and experienced partners, and how they meet their match in the form of a smart lawyer and her staff of one.
The layer below reveals the working life of a one-person law firm. It reminds us that in addition to the thrust and parry of settlement negotiations and public trials, much of an attorney's life is one of tedium dealing with daily faxes, document filing deadlines, telephone calls and more faxes-all requiring perfect attention to detail and consequences.
The next layer is the bedrock structure of laws and courts. It reminds us that the less powerful have an equal standing in court against the powerful, which usually keeps people from settling their differences with violence.
Beneath it all is that last layer, kept submerged by the strength and order of civilization above it. We are chilled by a couple of glimpses of this dark layer, until it fully surfaces, briefly, in that remaining five percent of "Doorstep of Depravity." The reader must be prepared, for its appearance is as unexpected as it is shocking.
I can't wait to see the movie!