The Up and Comer

June 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Philip Randall is a smart-aleck young Manhattan lawyer who has it all: a wealthy wife, the inside track to partnership, and the cojones to embark on an affair with the wife of his best friend. But suddenly, his Brooks Brothers suit of armor is cracked by a blackmailer with a fondness for mind games. True, this camera-ready thriller (Michael Douglas’ production company has already bought the film rights) strains credulity; for a high-priced attorney who’s roped in a lot of corporate clients for his firm, Philip spends an awful lot of time on criminal cases, not to mention on midday hotel visits with his mistress. But Roughan’s debut is engagingly written, with some sly satire tucked in at the edges. At one point, Philip’s wife asks him as she’s dressing for a funeral, ”Which one says I’m grieving the most…the Donna Karan or the Armani?”

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