Tuesday, October 27, 2015
FORECLOSURE: A NOVEL by S. D. Thames
REVIEW: FORECLOSURE: A NOVEL by S. D. Thames
Commercial litigator David Friedman has worked punishing hours for seven years in order to make junior partner; but on cusp of 2008, his dream fails. He's already lost his future wife; his dream of blues guitar like his dad, long ago shunted aside. Now his partnership hope has dissolved. So will he resign? Or will David jump through another year of hoops designed by the philandering, often intoxicated, managing partner?
David perceives that he has been betrayed, cheated, by the partners, particularly the managing partner. His choices now are three: bill even more hours for the calendar year of 2008, providing yet more immense profits for the partners; resign; or get revenge. He chooses extortion, of the managing partner and the other senior partner, and corporate espionage on a potential client bank, of an account handled by the man who is David's ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend. He seems determined to take down everyone who's crossed him!
I enjoyed the novel, but I was never sure how to feel or think about the protagonist, David Friedman. I tried to empathize, but he often seems so emotionless and robotic [witness his "speech" about how everything is business, all choices are actually business decisions (I.e., survival, money, greed, "getting ahead.") And all this delivered to his former girlfriend] . Then, as revenge against his firm, he takes on a client he should have left well enough alone. It's almost like he's living out a death wish.
I chose FORECLOSURE as the October Mod Read at Goodreads group Anything Legal.