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Errors and Omissionsby Paul Goldstein
Synopses & Reviews
Meet Michael Seeley, defender of artists' rights, take-no-prisoners intellectual property litigator — and a man on the brink of personal and career collapse. So when United Pictures virtually demands that he fly out to Hollywood to confirm legally that they own the rights to their corporate cash-cow franchise of Spykiller films, he has little choice but to comply.
What Michael Seeley discovers in these gilded precincts will plunge him headfirst into the tangle of politics of the blacklisting era and then into the even darker world of Nazi-occupied Poland. He'll encounter Mayer Bermann, the steely Polish émigré who founded United Pictures — and who may lose control of it to a ruthless conglomerate; Bert Cobb, the putative author of the original Spykiller screenplay; Harry Devlin, the flamboyant defender of Hollywood writers who has his own secrets; and Julia Walsh, an alluring young USC film scholar whose research may hold the key to the mystery of Spykiller's true authorship. As the pressure mounts for Seeley to confirm United Pictures's ownership of the franchise, Seeley must face down his own demons and finally travel to Munich to confront the reclusive novelist Max Kanarek, who fled Hollywood decades before and whose boyhood link to Mayer Bermann is the tantalizing missing piece of the puzzle.
In Errors and Omissions, Paul Goldstein has crafted a masterful novel of legal and moral suspense that draws on historical fact and legal scholarship for its unmistakable authenticity. A worldly thriller for grown-ups, it introduces an exciting new talent.
"Goldstein, a Stanford law professor, takes a tired legal thriller convention for his debut — the alcoholic attorney staring into a personal and professional abyss — and spins out a fresh, sharp-witted drama about Hollywood's blacklist. Intellectual property lawyer Michael Seeley takes a case that could be his swan song: arguing that United Pictures, a huge movie studio, still has the rights to its cash cow, the 'Spykiller' series, now coming up on its eighth installment. What appeared to be a simple legal brief, however, takes Seeley back to the Hollywood of the 1950s when blacklisted writers were forced to conceal their identity to sell scripts — a practice that muddies the Spykiller pedigree for United. Soon, Seeley finds himself in a violent tug-of-war among studio bosses, the screenwriter's union and long-forgotten blacklist victims. Sharp dialogue and a well-formed main character more than make up for a shortage of action and a finale that could use a bit more kick. Goldstein, who does a fine job of breaking down complicated moral, ethical and historical issues to understandable nuggets, has laid the foundation for what could be a strong franchise." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"It's difficult to convey the mounting excitement with which I turned the pages...the writing [is] masterful, not one wasted word....A terrific read." Sue Grafton
"Errors and Omissions, Paul Goldstein's debut novel, is well-executed, telling a complex story simply and conveying a difficult topic in an understandable manner while striking the delicate balance of respecting both the subject matter and the reader." Bookreporter.com
From one of the foremost experts in the country on intellectual property law comes a gripping legal thriller of depth and complexity that draws on historical fact and legal scholarship for its unmistakable authenticity.
About the Author
Paul Goldstein is the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and is widely recognized as one of the country's leading authorities on intellectual property law. A graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Law School, he is Of Counsel to the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he has represented motion picture studios, among other clients. He has regularly been included in Best Lawyers in America. A native of New York, he now lives outside San Francisco with his family. He is at work on his next novel featuring Michael Seeley.
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