Hard-luck Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl is just itching for the opportunity to sell out. Then good fortune comes knocking at his door in the guise of William Prescott III, a blue-blood attorney from one of the city s most prestigious firms. Prescott wants Victor to represent a councilman s aide who is on trial, along with his boss, for extortion, arson, and murder. It s the juiciest, highest-profile courtroom extravaganza in years and all Carl has to do is show up, shut up, and follow Prescott s lead. But it soon becomes clear that someone s setting him and his client up to take a long, hard fall. Victor Carl may be desperate and unethical but he s no one s patsy. And to survive in this legal snake pit of secrets, lies, and lethal double-crosses, he s going to play the game his way.