The Twelve Apostles by William J. Coughlin (2016) – BR00190 (2020) – 🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪
Plot or Premise
An elite law firm in NYC has 12 full partners, nicknamed the Apostles, and various members wheel and deal with big business clients as an opening comes available.
What I Liked
The story has a very strong “Wall Street” feel to it, but the back and forth between two companies with their punches and counter-punches are fast-paced and real. Most stories in the genre have one or two “business” tricks, but this is much more complicated and relies less on a single tool to advance the plot. The story mixes experienced Apostles, with participating associates gunning for a promotion, and even associates and junior partners slogging in the trenches.
What I Didn’t Like
The romance side of the story detracts from the business manoeuvres, as does the one-dimensional side of one of the business clients and their opposing counsel. In addition, there is some seriously flawed treatment of a sexual assault that shouldn’t be anywhere in the story, it’s completely superfluous to the outcome.
The Bottom Line
Great business dealings, lousy everything else.