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|Free Book Review: In Firm Pursuit Book Summary|
Vernetta Henderson is dying to become the first black partner at the prestigious law firm, O'Reilly & Finney, where she works as an attorney. What seems like an open-shut case of sexual harassment should be Vernetta's ticket to the elite world of partnership. Minutes after turning down a spectacular settlement offer, she receives a fax from her back-stabbing assistant, Haley, which throws the entire case for a major curve - and not in Vernetta's favor.
When her client turns up dead and the opposing council obtains the help of another brilliant lawyer, things start to get out of hand for Vernetta. While she tries to skirt the issues, keep some secrets, and still remain ethical, the storm that has become this case grows so large that there is no way she will be able to get out of its path. She is removed from the Randle case and it's at that moment that Vernetta realizes her dreams of becoming a partner are quickly slipping away.
Meanwhile, her husband Jefferson, is dealing with his own version of a sexual-harassment case while out of town on a business trip. The more he tries to do the right thing and be a faithful husband, the harder it becomes to do just that.
Even Vernetta's best friend Special gets mixed up in the events surrounding what has become a dark and dangerous case. While Special digs for clues and dates the opposing council, it soon becomes apparent that she will not be able to escape this storm either.
All of these lives and events are affected by the Micronics-Randle case and Vernetta is faced with the possibility that she may not be able to protect her loved ones and least of all herself.
|Free Book Review: In Firm Pursuit Opinion|
Action-packed from the startling prologue right up through the last chapter, this book definitely has the marks of a good thriller! If you love a good mystery that keeps you guessing, this book is for you!
In a world where there are SO many legal thrillers, In Firm Pursuit really stands out. First of all the heroine is intelligent, classy, an insanely good lawyer, and driven. At the same time she is gorgeous, a true friend and wife, and willing to look at all cases - both professional and personal alike - with an unbiased eye. She is the type of character you want to know and could be friends with. The author's genius is that no matter what the circumstance, right or wrong, the reader is always cheering Vernetta on 110%.
And who would Sherlock be without Watson? Vernetta certainly has her hands full with her outrageous best friend Special. As a female reader you know she's the type of woman we all love to hate but turns out she's actually a really decent person with a big heart and stoic passion for backing up her girl. Let me just say that I would definitely want Special on my side!
I won't spoil the ending but suffice to say that I read this book through from start to finish without stopping. It's fast-paced and well-written which means there was never a point where I thought "comon already, get to it!" Just the opposite in fact. I had to be on my A-game to make sure I was keeping up with the twists and turns!
Definitely a great book club read because there are some very deep issues underlying the main story. Discrimination in the workplace, both gender and racial, and misuse of power are the top 2 that could leave your book club talking heatedly for more than one meeting.
|Free Book Review: In Firm Pursuit Discussion Questions|
- Before you knew the full story were you quick to judge Randle as guilty in the sexual harassment case?
- How does this story speak to the issue of abuse of power by men holding top ranking positions in a company?
- Did each character in the novel "use and get used" by someone?
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AUTHOR(S): Pamela Samuels-Young
TYPE OF BOOK: Fiction
NUMBER OF PAGES: 422
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2007
Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine nominee for Best African-American Novel of 2007
Urban Reviews.com "Best of the Best" 2007.
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