The author is actually Kermit Roosevelt III. The first Kermit Roosevelt was the son of Teddy Roosevelt and an adventurer on a number of expeditions with his dad, including one on the Amazon River. Kermit II was a top CIA operative during the fall of the Shah of Iran. He passed in 2000. Kermit III was a lawyer and re-created his grandfather and great-grandfather’s expedition to the Amazon. He was a speaker at the Harvard Travellers Club in Boston and I was at the dinner where he spoke. So, when I was reshelving audiobooks in El Cerrito, I keyed in on the name and thought it would probably be interesting.
It actually was a very interesting audiobook, produced in 2005, published by arrangement with Random House, and read by Craig Wasson. It is comprised of 13 disks. Here is the link to the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Law-Novel-Kermit-Roosevelt/dp/B001QCX5XU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1320723129&sr=1-1
The book is about the founder and son of the founder of Morgan Siler, one of Washington’s most powerful law firms. We also see into the head of Peter Morgan’s wife, a former Wellesley girl, and various partners and associates. Several cases are interwoven including a pro bono death row case and a mysterious explosion at a factory which kills a number of workers. The surviving families bring a class action suit. The machinations of the lawyers, judges, and other people connected with the cases is interesting and well portrayed. What really pulled me in was the thoughts of all these lawyers. I was interested in reasons why people went into the law, their struggles as Jews, women, and in one case, someone who isn’t who he seems to be. One sense I got is that anyone who works as a lawyer essentially gives up all their free time and a great deal of human experience. In return they are compensated handsomely. But would one rather have lots of money and no time to enjoy it, or perhaps more time and less money? Too bad that life seldom gives us both. Well paced and interesting “page turner.”