By Paul Goldstein
A gripping within examine high-stakes lawyering, A Patent Lie is additional proof that Paul Goldstein is an rising grasp of the felony thriller.After being compelled from his high-powered ny legislations company, Michael Seeley—the tough-but-wounded hero of Errors and Omissions—has organize store in his local Buffalo. partially out of want, in part out of delight, Seeley takes on a case for his estranged brother, whose small biotech enterprise is suing a Swiss pharmaceutical massive over a debatable new AIDS vaccine. Seeley heads out to Silicon Valley to guide the case, yet quickly realizes there's even more at stake than he used to be first resulted in think. As yes partnerships come to gentle, and fiscal profits develop into staggeringly transparent, Seeley's personal existence might be in grave possibility.
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It struck Seeley that the charm on which Leonard survived as a boy had lost some of its polish. “This is your kind of case, Mike. Little guy takes on big guy. David against Goliath. ” “ Your little guy is a publicly held corporation. I don't represent corporations anymore. ” Leonard said, “In a single day, St. Gall makes more off its cure for erectile dysfunction than we make on all of our products in a year. They're a thousand times our size. In broad daylight they steal our biggest patent, and do you know what they say?
And, Seeley thought, I take after my father. Large and coarseboned like him, but chased by my own demons. ” “I wasn't either,” Seeley said. ” That had been Leonard's unspoken plea: Come for Thanksgiving. Christmas. ” She was watching Seeley carefully to see if she had overstepped. When he didn't respond, she said, “Why else would he call? ” To rescue me, Seeley remembered. Do the conditions of my life look so disastrous that I would need to be rescued? He put a laugh in his voice. ” “And you're not going to find the answers hanging around here.
Apart from a terrifying childhood, he and Leonard had little in common. As a boy, Seeley was the explorer, taking his bicycle to every corner of the city while, other than on the occasional family outing, Leonard rarely strayed outside their dark immigrant neighborhood on Buffalo's far east side. “What California architect can match Louis Sullivan? H. H. Richardson? Daniel Burnham? ” Leonard said, “I'm surprised you came back. ” Even when you left home, Seeley finished his brother's thought. , the drunkard who was their father, stormed through the house in his underwear, railing at the boys and their mother, waving a loaded revolver and firing live rounds into the ceiling, it was Seeley who hurried his brother behind the living-room sofa or under the bed and faced his father alone.