Philip Randall, the rising star of Howard Roughan's The Up and Comer is well on his way to the top. He's a successful young lawyer, married to a woman with skads of Daddy's money to spend, and he's living the glitzy, bright lights, big city New York life. He's also a risk taker who is sleeping with his best friend's wife. So, when a former schoolmate with a sociopathic vendetta shows up with some photos and asks for big time blackmail, it's not too surprising that Philip considers the risks and tells us it's not everyday that you think about killing someone. The plot twists from here on out are slick and searing, and though Philip is hardly the model of model behavior, it's hard not to pull for him a feeling fostered by reader Frank Whale, who seems to have gotten right into Philip's stressed out psyche.

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