The Best People
A Tale of Trials and Errors
by Marc Grossberg
Pub Date 08 Oct 2019
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Paddy Moran, a former cop from Brooklyn, is a newly licensed attorney in Houston with dreams and aspirations to make it big. He survives early rough bumps and ethical challenges. Then, through networking, he lands two high-profile clients. With his brash moxie and brilliant legal strategy, he gets outstanding outcomes that put him on the success trajectory to the upper echelons of the city's divorce bar. But, faced with difficult choices in high-stakes litigation, will he balance his thirst for recognition and respect with his sense of right and wrong?
The Best People also follows Pilar Galt, a sensuous, intelligent single mother from the Houston barrios, for whom a temp assignment evolves into a relationship with the richest man in town. Her path intersects with Paddy's and eventually converges with his during a pivotal time in her life when she must overcome self-destructive tendencies to survive.
A legal drama and social satire set after Enron and before the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, The Best People portrays a Houston as it is: a glitzy meritocracy populated with larger-than-life characters. It is the landscape where the country-club and café-society sets clash amidst clever legal maneuvering, big law firm politics, a Ponzi scheme, and judicial corruption.
"Marc Grossberg has the experience and the smarts to make Houston come alive on the page. The Best People will even take lifelong Houstonians to places they've never been. As they say in Houston, if it ain't true, it oughta be." --Mimi Swartz, Executive Editor of Texas Monthly, two-time National Magazine Award winner, author of Ticker, New York Times contributing op-ed writer
"Not in many years has Houston been so vivid a character in a novel about third-coast justice. The high stakes conflict of money and power are anything but a backdrop to Brooklyn cop turned divorce lawyer Paddy Moran's journey through the steamy bayous, bedrooms, and courtrooms of the biggest small town in Texas. They are both the prize and the cost for the human characters so brilliantly developed in Marc Grossberg's debut novel The Best People."
--Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney
"I fell in love with Paddy as he was transformed from a rough-and-ready New York cop into a suave Houston socialite and successful lawyer and followed him though his triumphs and tribulations. Pilar is another memorable character whose beauty and strength are marvelously portrayed. The Best People is a fast-paced, well-written story, and I could not put the book down."
--Bapsi Sidhwa, author of Cracking India (made into the feature film Earth) and The Crow Eaters
"It's a real lawyer story. A real Houston story. A really great story well told. Grossberg nailed it!"
--Steve Susman, Founder and Managing Partner at Susman Godfrey LLP and internationally acclaimed trial lawyer
"A realistic and entertaining read about Paddy Moran, a young personal injury and divorce lawyer, who learns his trade in Houston and blunders into some shady stuff. As his dreams get bigger, his crimes grow darker. Attorney Marc Grossberg knows his way around the courtroom, and his intricate plot is sure to surprise. The Best People is also a paean to Houston. 'This may be the fourth largest city in the United States, but everyone knows everyone here. It's a bad place to fall, ' Grossberg writes. Amen."
--Andrea White, best-selling author of Surviving Minimized and former editorial page writer for the Houston Chronicle
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