All the Money in the Worldby Robert Anthony Anthony Siegel
What happens to a criminal defense attorney when his biggest client, a charming and seductive drug dealer, trades him in to the Feds? What happens to his college-age son when he tries to discover who's telling the truth? Robert Anthony Siegel's stunning first novel, All the Money in the World probes the dark underside of family and professional life, where morals are… See more details below
What happens to a criminal defense attorney when his biggest client, a charming and seductive drug dealer, trades him in to the Feds? What happens to his college-age son when he tries to discover who's telling the truth? Robert Anthony Siegel's stunning first novel, All the Money in the World probes the dark underside of family and professional life, where morals are turned inside out. For thirty years, Louis Glasser has built his career defending thieves, con men, and drug pushers. In turn, he's risen from New York's teeming Lower East Side to a luxury apartment on Gramercy Park. But when he makes a Faustian bargain with marijuana dealer Brian Brianson, the price becomes more than he can afford. Lou is plunged into a lawyer's nightmare of government investigations, grand juries, and indictments, and he sees his world crumble about him. At the threshold of adulthood, his son, Jason, faces a morally ambiguous world in which no one can be trusted - least of all the father he's always admired and the drug dealer who's offered him a career in the "organization."
Although grossly overweight and irredeemably profligate, good- hearted Lou Glasser has claimed much of what he's wanted from life. At age 59, in 1987, the up-from-the-Lower-East-Side bar member has more than enough to eat, a Jaguar, a Chelsea co-op, a son in his senior year at Harvard, and a thriving if raffish practice comprised mainly of low-level drug dealers. One fateful day, however, the feds nab longtime Glasser client Brian Brianson. An immensely wealthy narcotics trafficker who jumped bail 17 years earlier (with Glasser's knowledge), Brian can't bear the idea of long-term incarceration. Accordingly, he turns on the roguish but guiltless Glasser, identifying him as the kingpin of a global smuggling ring. Anna Freeburg, a careerist in the US Attorney's New York City office, buys this fantastic story, and Glasser is soon indicted on a series of world-class charges. Meantime, Jason (his self-absorbed scion) reaches out to Brian and Anna in a vain effort to get Glasser off the hook. Wise to how the system works, the cash-strapped advocate brings the seriocomic proceedings to an abrupt close by copping a plea (to harboring a fugitive), which nets him a four-month sentence in a minimum security institution. Upon release from prison, a still chastened Glasser (now 40 pounds lighter) insists on rifling through his family's none-too- felicitous past. At the close, he's sitting in an all-night Brooklyn diner with Jason and ne'er-do-well brother Eddy, who bickers with his nephew about picking up the check.
A debut effort that seems less a novel than a shticky series of set pieces.
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