Oct 9, 2009

Book Review: Nibble and Kuhn, a Novel

Synopsis: Two young lawyers at Nibble & Kuhn have fallen in love even though one is engaged to be married. Working in the same law firm, they are not supposed to be romantically involved. Derek and Maria face disapproval from their colleagues, her parents, and of course, her fiance. In addition, Derek is in line for partnership in the law firm, so he has to toe the line to make the grade, as well as win a complicated case against a factory with polluted runoff that may have caused cancer in several area children.

The shenanigans in the firm, Nibble & Kuhn, including a move of offices into a marble Triumph Tower, and the personalities in the firm, leave Derek less than enthusiastic, as he continues to work toward partnership, while still in hot pursuit of his colleague Maria.

My comments: The love story and the rest of the plot are low key. The conflicts are not earth shattering, satire is very subtle, and the drama is minimal, except for a very big surprise during the factory pollution trial. In this sense, the novel is more true to life and realistic than most novels dealing with law firms, lawyers, and law cases. This is not a legal thriller in the style of John Grisham. It is basically a love story and the story of a young, up and coming lawyer and his reactions to the corporate law environment he is in.

Lawyers who know and work within the corporate law system will be very interested in Derek, the main character in Nibble & Kuhn. The book will be released Nov. 1 and is written by Boston lawyer David Schmahmann, John Gardner Book Award winner of Empire Setting.

Advance review copy provided by Academy Chicago Publishers.

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6 comments:

  1. this one is coming to my mailbox soon. I just thought it sounded interesting. Now that you said the love story is low key I'm definitely more curious now. It certainly does look interesting.

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  2. I left you an award over on my blog.

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  3. okbolover: I certainly look forward to your thoughts on the book, and hope you enjoy it.

    Booklogged: You are so kind. Thank you. Nice to get to know you.

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  4. This one sounds good. I'll have to look for it next month.

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  5. I've seen this one around the blogosphere lately but yours is the first review I've seen. Probably not the type of book I'd normally read but it does sound quite interesting.

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  6. I have this one. I hope I enjoy it!

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