2008- The financial crash puts Samantha Kofer out of work. Suddenly the workaholic, ambitious young lawyer is no longer employed and putting in 80+ hour weeks. Her best option involves taking an unpaid internship somewhere while her firm holds her position until the economy recovers. It's a terrible blow compounded by the fact that so many other lawyers are in the same position. There are many applicants for internships and the kinds of jobs aren't plum.
Samantha ends up taking an internship in small town Virginia, a coal mining community. There is nothing bucolic about Brady, Virginia. Coal is the economic driving force but unions and workers' rights have long been squeezed out. Big Coal is dirty (in many ways) and the miners develop black lung which makes every breath a struggle until the condition takes them to an early grave. Danger, murder and conspiracy involve Samantha and along the way, she learns more about litigation and real clients than she ever did in her old Manhattan firm. Another good Grisham legal thriller.
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