Wearing the Spider
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Sexual Harassment, Identity Theft, and Political Intrigue in one High-Tech Legal Thriller * It starts with a simple unwanted kissâ€¦and evolves into a labyrinthine trail of forgery and illusion. A lawyer's identity is hijacked and misused by a ruthless partner of her Manhattan law firm who engages in email impersonation, political gamesmanship and electronic forgery to set her up as the mastermind of an illegal scheme that ultimately leads to murder. She embarks on a clandestine investigation while dodging the FBI, risking her life as well as her career.
colleague made the reservation.” The waiter appeared with the wine and proceeded to extract the cork as Evie fell into a contemplative silence, distracted by the handwritten note and the identity of its writer. He poured wine and prepared portions of complimentary hors d’oeuvres on each plate with choreographed precision. After depositing the bottle of wine in a bucket of ice, he left. “Evie, are you okay?” “Oh, yes. Fine. Just having a little trouble leaving the office behind.” “Understood.
liability to which the lawyer would be subjecting himself. Why would a lawyer ever agree to become a party to the transaction? She dialed Jenna. “Hey Jen, I couldn’t wait until tomorrow. Can you talk for a minute now?” “Yes, of course. Want to come to my office?” Jenna recognized tension in Evie’s voice. “I have to leave for the airport in a minute, but let me just ask you something over the phone. In a sale of a business unit, how common is it for a contract to include the seller’s legal
they had a tentative deal to license their technology to this children’s toy manufacturer.” “Can’t make this stuff up. I wonder if the parents buying those ‘playthings’ know that the toy’s mechanics can be found in bedside tables across America?” “I guess technology is technology.” “There’s just something about it being used for children’s toys …” “I agree, but just working with Alan is always enough of a demoralizer. Fortunately, the deal fell apart. I sometimes wish the others would, too.”
and raised her gloved hand to partially obscure her mouth as if she was afraid of being overheard. “Apparently, this girl sitting across from Alan—who I think I recognized as one of those models from Sports Illustrated—anyway, she must’ve said something he didn’t like, and he started screaming at her across the table. She seemed to be holding her own until he got up and walked around to her side of the table.” Ariel paused and leaned forward, speaking more softly, “My girlfriend and I were
laptop screen. The contents of “Neon Three” filled the screen. “It’s the payment schedule. Looks typical. It shows a pretty standard set of payments and securities transfers, and the purchaser’s timing obligations.” They both read silently for a moment and then Evie spoke. “Joe, look at this.” She pointed to an entry labeled Commission with a corresponding amount of $25 million. “Let’s scroll down,” said Joe and Evie obliged. “There doesn’t seem to be any further detail on that commission,