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They made the rules. She's going to break them.
When Alex Vogel gets a new job working at a corporate Manhattan law firm, she thinks all her dreams have come true. The pay checks are huge, the work is exciting, and the drinks are flowing every Friday night.
But underneath the glossy veneer of the company, dark secrets are lurking. Her colleagues disappear into the bathroom for hits of cocaine, the partners sleep under their desks (if they sleep at all) and the firm's biggest client sexually harasses a string of women, none of whom will speak up. Alex soon realises that in order to fit in, she needs to become one of the boys - and turn a blind eye to what goes on. She needs to join in. But as her life begins to spiral out of control, Alex realises - the boys' club is a dangerous place to be...
A brilliant, topical coming-of-age novel that gives a voice to women in the world of corporate law
The intriguing debut by Katz (a pseudonym) chronicles nine months of grueling work, politics, and harassment endured by Alex Vogel, an ambitious female associate at a top Manhattan law firm. Always up for a challenge, Alex is drawn to the department of mergers and acquisitions at Klasko & Fitch. Her game attitude and work ethic quickly earn her the respect of her male superiors. These include star lawyer Peter Dunn, whose client Gary Kaplan has a reputation for misogyny yet is the firm's largest source of revenue. Alex soon becomes enamored with the money, prestige, and power at M&A, much to her live-in boyfriend's chagrin. She begins an affair with Peter, and along the way becomes the subject of brutal gossip, develops a dependence on alcohol, and discovers the dark truth of what her colleagues will do to protect their financial interests. Interspersed with the main story are bits from a testimony given by Alex after the events of the book, as witness in a case brought against Kaplan by another woman. The author makes Alex a complicated protagonist, exploring how she navigates the hurdles of an abusive environment while trying to get ahead. Anyone who's curious about the world of high-powered law firms will enjoy Katz's engaging and brutal novel. Allison Hunter, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc.