About The Book:
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Greenleaf Book Group Press
“Think a super-sized, red-haired My Cousin Vinny meets The Bonfire of the Vanities in Houston, where you can’t always tell who the best people are.”
In a stunning debut novel, Marc Grossberg portrays post-millennium Houston as it is, a glitzy place full of larger-than-life characters where anyone can make it. It is the landscape where the country-club and café-society sets clash amidst clever legal maneuvering, big law firm politics, a Ponzi scheme and judicial corruption. Only someone with the experience of being a lifelong Houstonian and a veteran of fifty years of practicing law could have pulled it off.
THE BEST PEOPLE: A Tale of Trials and Errors is a legal drama and social satire set in Houston which offers a glimpse into a world in which you can’t always tell who the best people are.
Patrick “Paddy” Moran, age 36, fresh from being sworn into the Texas bar, begins a wild and rocky journey fueled by his fierce desire for recognition and respect. In a county where some 40,000 civil cases are filed every year, Paddy is sure he’ll get his share of the good ones, sooner or later. After sputtering through mindless uncontested cop divorces and a spate of questionable cases of cops getting rear-ended by luxury cars—and surviving one near career wreck—his luck changes. Paddy Moran’s first victory—a $500,000 settlement from a hospital—comes with a sweet bonus: the genuine friendship of his well-connected, classy dame client. Dressed for success and driving a Mercedes, Paddy finally begins to stand out for more than his imposing physical size, red hair, and New York moxie. He’s become one of Houston’s celebrated Best People. After a second big win—against one of Houston’s biggest law firms—Paddy gets another valuable asset: a young law partner, Will Marshall, a life-long Houstonian with social cred who’s just as hungry to succeed as Paddy. Dubbed the “M&M boys” by Texas Monthly, Moran and Marshall keep attracting media attention and rich clients in juicy divorce cases.
And Paddy’s still a good guy, but visions of winning a high-profile trial with a huge fee lure him into making a very bad judgment call. Then, one dirty deed leads to another…
The Best People is also the story of Pilar Galt, a sensuous, intelligent single mother from the Houston barrios, for whom a temp assignment evolves into a relationship with the richest man in town. Her path intersects with Paddy’s and eventually converges during a pivotal time in her life when she must overcome self-destructive tendencies to survive.
What follows is a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks power, money, and a winning outcome justifies unethical means.
About The Author:
Grossberg’s writing, referred to by some as the new unofficial voice of Houston, acts as an outlet for us, his readers, who are both curious and outraged by the mores, privileges and escapades of the jet-setting elite and those who aspire to join its ranks.
MARC GROSSBERG has practiced law in his native Houston for more than 50 years. A product of Houston public schools, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas School of Law, he has a passion for books that entertain and provoke him. https://marcgrossberg.com/bio/
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Marc Grossberg has the experience and the smarts to make Houston come alive on the page. The Best People will even take lifelong Houstonians to places they’ve never been. As they say in Houston, if it ain’t true, it oughta be.”—Mimi Swartz, executive editor of Texas Monthly, two-time National Magazine Award winner, author of Ticker, New York Times contributing op-ed writer
“Not in many years has Houston been so vivid a character in a novel about third-coast justice. The high stakes conflict of money and power are anything but a backdrop…through the steamy bayous, bedrooms, and courtrooms of the biggest small town in Texas.”—Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney
“I fell in love with Paddy as he was transformed from a rough and ready New York cop into a suave Houston socialite and followed him though his triumphs and tribulations. Pilar is another memorable character who’s beauty and strength are marvelously portrayed. The Best People is a fast-paced, well-written story and I could not put the book down.”—Bapsi Sidhwa author of best selling novels including Cracking India (also published as Ice Candy Man and made into the acclaimed film “Earth”)
“It’s a real lawyer story. A real Houston story. A really great story well told. Grossberg nailed it!”—Stephen D. Susman founding partner of Susman Godfrey and internationally known trial lawyer
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