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'PATENT' IS FULL OF TRADEMARK SUSPENSE
Goldstein lives up to his debut with a sequel that's a great legal thriller

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Date published: 8/3/2008

IT'S CLEAR from reading either of Paul Goldstein's legal thrillers that the man knows the law.

A Stanford law professor and intellectual property expert, he delivers his expertise in "A Patent Lie," a fine follow-up to his debut, "Errors and Omissions."

What Goldstein does that many who are experts can't, is write what he knows in a way that is both understandable and compelling.

"A Patent Lie" revolves around an AIDS vaccine, and whether a small company's patent on the medicine can keep a giant corporation from manufacturing the drug.

Attorney Michael Seeley returns from "Errors and Omissions." Having left his high-powered Manhattan law firm, he's working small cases out of an office in his native Buffalo.

But he's pulled back into the big leagues when his estranged brother, Leonard, asks him to take over the patent case for his company, Vaxtek, whose lawyer mysteriously committed suicide.

As Seeley begins preparing his case, he finds that it truly is a matter of life and death. Financial stakes are huge, research may have been stolen, and a drug that could save thousands of lives hangs in the balance.

Goldstein throws in some more of Seeley's background, his struggle with alcohol and a love interest for good measure.

"A Patent Lie" is a fascinating legal thriller, with new bad guys every time you turn a page.

Laura L. Hutchison is an editor at The Free Lance-Star.


A PATENT LIEBy Paul Goldstein(Doubleday, $24.95)