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?
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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.
I liked the characters. The story was well written, and had lots of red herrings, ala Aretha Christy.
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.
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.
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!