Nick Ceratto is a tender affiliate lawyer on the prestigeous Philadelphia legislation company of Maglio, Silvio and Levin operating his approach up the ladder as a skilled litigator. yet whereas attempting a scientific malpractice case, he learns his firm's lethal mystery to large jury verdicts.When Nick discovers this, he turns into enthusiastic about exposing his bosses and consequently has to stick one step sooner than the firm's hitman lengthy sufficient to reveal the firm's corruption. As Nick's venture careens towards an explosive climax, the one query left is whose lives can be sacrificed alongside the best way.
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