The Codicil Author:Tom Topor In his first novel since "The Accused", veteran screenwriter Tom Topor unravels the stunning puzzle of a rich man's last-minute addition to his will in this brilliantly written, riviting thriller about how we claim our tightful legacies. — Telecommunications magnate Matthew Marshall is dead; this most public of men has suffered a stroke at his se... more »cluded mountain cabin in upstate New york. His wife and three children are stunned to learn that half of his estate of $105 million has been bequeathed in a codicil to his will to a child they never knew existed, the product of an affair years before during Marshall's service in Vietnam. It is up to Adam Bruno, a street-smart son of a bookie, to find out if this child is still alive, and living in the United States. A New york defense lawyer until he rubbed up against the wrond side of the justice system too many times, Bruno knows how to negotiate the city's minefields of class, identity, and politics. But Adam Bruno finds himself thwarted at every turn by the convoluted legacy of matthew Marshall, whose closely held secrets constitute a nearly rock-solid facade.
Even the most private of public men leaves the trace of his innermost self, and it is Tom Topor's achievement in this page-turner of a novel to explore the ultimate mysteries of both paternity and identity.« less