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In my latest novel, Substantial Damages, Manhattan attorney John Peters fights desperately to prevent Columbia University from expelling his son based on false accusations of sexual assault. More concerned with advancing his practice at the law firm where Peters has become infatuated with its managing partner, he underestimates what is needed to thwart a University dean's vendetta threatening to tear apart the Peters' home and family. Yet John's intervention is blighted by anger borne of guilt over the conduct of John's personal affairs. And it falls to his wife to navigate their son's vindication in the face of John's unbridled misadventures.
Complete at 90,000 words,Substantial Damages weaves a story of marital conflict in the context of a dysfunctional justice system akin to Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent. In its portrayal of contemporary American culture wars, the story spotlights a trail of collateral damage, much of which is indeed substantial.