21 July 2015

A House Divided by Robert Whitlow

A father's mistakes nearly cost his children everything. Now his children must unite to take on the most important case of their respective careers.

Corbin Gage is slowly drinking himself into the grave while running a small law practice in a small Georgia town. The assistant DA in the same community is his son Ray, poised for a professional breakthrough based on a job offer to work for the best law firm in the area. Roxy is Corbin's daughter, a rising star associate in Atlanta for an international law firm that specializes in high stakes, multi-million-dollar litigation.

Against the advice of everyone in his life, Corbin Gage takes on a toxic tort case on behalf of three boys who have contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure. The defendant, an herbicide/pesticide/fertilizer company, is the largest employer in the area. Because of the lawsuit, Ray's job offer evaporates, forcing him to go to work with his father. Roxy's expertise in complex litigation draws her into the drama.

As their investigation uncovers an audacious conspiracy to conceal dangers to their community, Corbin, Ray, and Roxy come to a personal treaty in their pursuit of justice. But they soon discover that burying a problem can have explosive results.

Every time I read a legal novel, I have to wonder why I don’t read the genre more often - it always manages to keep me fascinated with drama from start to finish and I’m not usually disappointed. This certainly applies to Robert Whitlow’s intriguing new novel, A House Divided. After burying its matriarch, a dysfunctional family of lawyers embarks on a much-needed time of healing, faith and forgiveness. Each main character has clearly established flaws and interacts with the legal profession differently than the others, yet they all go about their daily lives and one major case sparks changes - in the individuals and the family as a whole. A House Divided is an interesting and engaging story that offers plenty of surprises within its pages and I couldn't help but root for the Gage family. Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel and I think it’s definitely worth a read.

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