But as I cleaned out my “to be considered” stacks to donate to the Haddonfield Public Library Book Sale, the cover caught my eye — the blurry background with the hazed out light pricks at the bottom. What the hell. I’ll give it a go. If I didn’t like it, I could always throw it in the donate pile.
But I liked it! It’s a tidy, not terribly taxing novel without a lot of twists and turns. It’s a story about Derek Dover, a disillusioned Boston lawyer and two things: the girl he can’t have, and the impossible case that is dropped into his lap.
The book is also about a law firm that is trying to be bigger than its britches at exactly the wrong time. It’s very now — recession and real estate collapse included. Like Kermit Roosevelt’s In the Shadow of the Law, which is more legal thriller than Nibble & Kuhn, it reaffirmed that I made the right call in not going to law school. I think the tedium would have gotten to me, and it’s not longer one of those careers where it seems that you’re guaranteed a high paying job at the end of the line.
Nibble & Kuhn is not a legal thriller, and it’s not a romance. It’s a short, fast novel good for hot summer nights when I was cooped up in front of the window AC unit.
Now, about the blog: It’s back, sorta. I’m not doing another book a week series — it was too taxing when my work life busied up. But when I read a book I enjoy, like Nibble & Kuhn, I’ll post a review. Why not? Maybe you’ll like it, too.
P.S. It’s been years since I read Roosevelt’s debut novel, but I still remember the detail about a lawyer analyzing cashmere socks. It’s funny what images still stick.