Anonymous Lawyer (Paperback)
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DescriptionHe's a hiring partner at one of the world's largest law firms. Brilliant yet ruthless, he has little patience for associates who leave the office before midnight or steal candy from the bowl on his secretary's desk. He hates holidays and paralegals. And he's just started a web-blog to tell the world about what life is really like at the top of his profession. Meet Anonymous Lawyer - corner office, granite desk, and a billable rate of $675 an hour. The summer is about to start, and he's got a new crop of law school interns who will soon sign away their lives for a six-figure salary at the firm. But he's also got a few problems that require his attention. There's The Jerk, his bitter rival at the firm, who is determined to do whatever it takes to beat him out for the chairman's job. There's Anonymous Wife, who is spending his money as fast as he can make it. And there's that secret blog he's writing, which is a perverse bit of fun until he gets an e-mail from someone inside the firm who knows he's its author. Written in the form of a blog, Anonymous Lawyer is a fiendishly clever and hilarious debut that rips away the bland facade of corporate law and offers a telling glimpse inside a frightening world.
- Published: 01 February 2007
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780099507154 ISBN 10: 0099507153
- Sales rank: 65,331
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Reviews for Anonymous Lawyer
- Staff review
A married, middle-aged workaholic, Blachman's Anonymous Lawyer sets up a blog to chronicle his legal triumphs. At first the diary is a way of expressing the Lawyer’s contempt for his scheming partners and sycophantic associates. But as the blog’s popularity grows, his anonymity – and his sanity – become increasingly at risk. Told in an online epistolary style, the book is at first hilarious in its description of the Lawyer’s tormenting of his lesser colleagues – he frequently sends one graduate student, whom he calls the ‘Suck-Up’, to remote islands for nonexistent legal assignments. But, as the Lawyer says to his young niece, the blog becomes an outlet that he never knew he needed. The entries go from details of office etiquette and practical jokes to an exploration of the Lawyer’s insecurities and fears.
Scheming for promotion after his boss dies, the Anonymous Lawyer also starts to reflect on the insignificance of his little world – there’s an angry entry where he attends a school reunion expecting to impress old friends, only to find that no one has heard of his law firm or has any interest in what he’s doing. A plot with a beautiful colleague could see him running the entire company, but the Lawyer starts to question his ultimate ambition just as it has a chance of happening. Anonymous Lawyer is a light office comedy that takes on darker themes. It’s a consistently funny book about the age of mass expression and the drawbacks of a society that values work over life.
Max Dunbar by Mark Thwaite