When Kevin Taylor joins the Manhattan criminal law firm of John Milton & Associates, he's hit the big time. At last, he and his wife can enjoy the luxuries they've so desired--money, a chauffeur-driven limo, and a stunning home in a high-rise. Then Milton assigns Kevin one of the most notorious cases of the year, with a file that had been put together prior to the crime. Throwing himself into his work, Kevin begins to see a pattern of evil emerging from behind the firm's plush facade. Acquittal after acquittal, every criminal client walks free, and Kevin's suspicions slowly give way to terror. For Kevin has just become The Devil's Advocate.
The tired devil-in-our-midst formula takes on new vitality in this novel of a law firm headed by Satan himself. Neiderman ( Brainchild ) expertly carves a niche for evil within the gray areas of the legal profession when Kevin Taylor, basically nice but ambitious, finds himself on slippery moral ground in his aggressive defense of a schoolteacher guilty of sexually abusing her pupils. His sinister success nets him a position with the criminal law firm of John Milton and Associates, whose suave founder has a computer file marked ``futures,'' listing as-yet-uncommitted atrocities whose perpetrators will be represented by Milton's minions. Neiderman plants an obvious trail of clues to the hellish heart behind the firm's Edenic veneer, but the chillingly resonant ending drives home a stark homily--that selling one's soul is likely to be an irreversible transaction.