A psychotic coal mine operator and cynical neighbors with an anti-mining agenda ¬fight out a strip mine permit battle. Mike Jacobs, a 28-year old environmental prosecutor with Pennsylvania’s environmental agency, DEP, is caught between the warring factions, but is ordered to “babysit” the case. All Mike wants to do is to protect the environment and neighbors from certain harm as a result of the proposed mining.
Sid Feldman, the Philadelphia lawyer for the mine operator, who oozes power and privilege, offers Mike a job midway through the proceedings. Miranda Clymer, the lawyer for the neighbors, pulls out all the stops to win Mike’s affection and assistance. Mike’s nearest and dearest friend, Nicky Kane, is by his side as his paralegal.
Mike must use all of his talents as a lawyer in the courtroom and rely on his discretion and courage to do what is right and not anger the political bosses for whom he works. In the cataclysmic ending, someone will die…but who?
“Quite a page-turning story.”
“Danger lurks in every chapter of this fast-moving, and for the most part, engrossing thriller. Saying Mike Jacobs is just a lawyer is like saying Indiana Jones is just an archaeologist.”
“Burcat brings the story to life with principled and unprincipled attorneys.”
“It’s in the courtroom scenes that this novel really comes to life. The action scenes are well done, too.”
“I like Mike a lot. He has a lot to learn, but he’s willing to work hard, and he makes it up as he goes sometimes. Which is what most of us are doing right now, I guess.”
“Author Burcat’s expertise is definitely on display in this story in describing the machinations of lawyers, special interests, and legal firms in this excellent tale. The characters, the plots, and the sub-plots are all expertly woven together.”