The Last Billable Hour

The Last Billable Hour

by Susan Wolfe

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Overview

The Last Billable Hour by Susan Wolfe

Welcome to the Silicon Valley law firm of Tweedmore & Slyde, where multimillion-dollar deals are the order of the day, ambition runs high, and stabbing a colleague in the back could be taken all too literally.


T&S is a hot firm making a bid to be a major national player when Leo Slyde—the company’s chief rainmaker, its king of the “billable hour”—is found stabbed to death in his corner office. It falls to T&S’s brightest, most unjustifiably insecure young associate Howard Rickover to conduct a risky “inside job” for homicide detective Sarah Nelson. But can Howard flush out a wily murderer among lawyers who do not make it their practice to be caught unprepared—and still keep up with an associate’s impossible workload?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997211740
Publisher: Steelkilt Press
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 1,039,564
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Susan Wolfe is a lawyer with a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Stanford University. After four years of practicing law full time, she bailed out and wrote the best-selling The Last Billable Hour, which won the Edgar Award. She returned to law for another sixteen years, first as a criminal defense attorney and then as an in-house lawyer for Silicon Valley high-tech companies. Born and raised in San Bernardino, California, she now lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband, Ralph DeVoe. Her new novel, Escape Velocity, will be published in October of 2016.

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Anonymous 11 months ago
This is so real you feel like you’re on the hunt with them. A very clear and precise view from inside a law firm. The characters are believable but somehow elusive. Yet they seem to get messages from each other that we miss. Enjoyable from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters. The story was well written, and had lots of red herrings, ala Aretha Christy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last billable hour is an entertaining and even educational read. A mystery involving a fancy law firm in the San Francisco Bay area, in an area known as Silicon Valley. The writer deftly develops the culture and ambiance of a big city law firm during the 1980s, when there was more money than god could count. Our hero is a newly hired associate. Howard, our hero, is not yet savvy and worldly. He is also somewhat naïve about what occurs in the big bad high-stakes legal world that he is a part of. When a partner is murdered, Howard is thrust into the middle of the police investigation. The plot is multi-layered and twisty, leaving the reader with possibilities and probabilities about the perpetrator and why the partner was killed. The last Billable Hour was written in 1989 and does reflect that time. However, that is part of its charm and appeal. My verdict – buy this entertaining mystery and have a good time navigating its legal minefields.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is worth reading and re-reading. Set in a slick Silicon Valley law firm, the very likeable protagonist is a young lawyer trying to translate the theory he learned in law school to actual practice in a fast-paced law firm. He quickly realizes he is the smallest of small fish, and he is swimming among sharks. When his boss gets murdered, the plot thickens, for everyone in the firm seems to have a motive for the crime. The crime is well thought out, the language is witty and the characters are vivid. I read this book when it was first published in 1989 and gave it to all of my friends and family who work in the legal field. It was great fun to read it again now.
CarolLovesToRead More than 1 year ago
What a fun, and funny book. It is engaging and entertaining, with great dialogue and writing. I'm not big on mysteries, but this book is so much more than a whodunit. What hooked me was the characters – – Sarah, the rumpled detective, who doesn't care if no one is impressed, and Howard, the struggling young lawyer, just trying to keep from losing his job, not to mention the array of colorful personalities they encounter. I loved the intelligent and nuanced examination of what in the end really matters in the lives of the very successful and not so successful. I reread the book recently and enjoyed it just as much as the first time – – a keeper. Can't wait for the author's next book!