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Patrick AndersonA Cure for Night has a routine plot—young lawyer, difficult client—but rises above it because Peacock writes so well. Few first-time novelists share his ability to maintain a fast pace even as he introduces well-drawn characters and explores interesting ideas. And his use of dialogue, particularly among the dealers, is first-rate…I'm going to give this book to a law student I know, because it's an honest look at the choices and frustrations young lawyers face. The novel climaxes not only with a verdict in the trial of Lorenzo Tate, but with a final scene that made me late for a lunch date because I couldn't stop reading. If the chilling events therein don't cure Joel and Myra of their idealism, nothing will. When the prizes are awarded for this year's best first novel, A Cure for Night will be competing for the gold.
—The Washington Post