The Burning Man Author:Phillip Margolin Peter Hale is a young attorney struggling to make his mark in his father's venerable law firm when he's presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. During the trial of a multi-million dollar case, Peter's father, the lead counsel, suffers a heart attack and instructs Peter to move for mistrial until he recovers. However, Peter decides this i... more »s his one chance to prove to his father that he is the terrific lawyer he knows himself to be, and chooses to continue the case against his father's wishes. But in his zeal to prove himself, Peter neglects his client and ends up losing everything - the case, his job, and his father's favor.
Unemployed and disinherited, Peter takes the only job he's offered - that of a public defender in a small Oregon town. He hopes that if he can make good there, he can reinstate himself in his father's good graces. But his ambition again gets the best of him when he takes on a death penalty case, representing a retarded man accused of the brutal hatchet murder of a college coed. He's in way over his head, and it's only when Peter realizes that his greed and ego may end up killing his client that he begins to understand what it really takes to be a good lawyer - and to become a man.« less