Client Relations: A Novel

Terri L. Weiss

Author of Book Of Genesis and Client Relations 

Client Relations is, at its heart, about the endurance of family. Client Relations shows how custody battles impact not just the parties and the children, but lawyers, too. Especially lawyers who get way too involved with their clients...

Isabel Yaeger is a freshly-minted litigation partner in the Manhattan office of a major law firm. It's the beginning of the next chapter in her career. She is ambitious, but still idealistic enough to remain true to her belief that being a lawyer is all about helping people.

The best way to maintain her professional focus is to banish personal loss to the shadowy recesses of her mind.
Haunted by a car accident that killed her family, Isabel's hard-charging position at her firm keeps her focused on today, not on yesterday, and certainly not on tomorrow.

But Isabel needs to attract clients to maintain her partnership at the firm. What could be worse than representing a man accused of threatening his wife, and slapped with a 'kick out' order that bars him from his family? Isabel has to hold her nose to defend celebrity chef Dante Zambelli, her first paying client.

As she becomes more persuaded that Dante is the victim of an unjust order, Isabel navigates his case through the court system, encountering ruthless adversaries, punishing judicial orders, and an increasingly impossible to resist client. Before long, both lawyer and client grow more isolated, more vulnerable, and more dependent on each other.

Isabel’s ex-flame knows Isabel and Dante are on the brink of entanglement, but he can do nothing to stop it. Her best friend is equally powerless. The senior partner of Isabel's firm suspects something's brewing, too.

As tensions and losses mount, Isabel and Dante start a torrid affair. Ordinarily, two people might fall into a relationship and find comfort for as long as it lasts. But the attorney-client relationship prevents them from being ‘ordinary’ lovers.
Danger of exposure lurks in every bedroom and courtroom, and with exposure comes destruction -- not only of Dante’s case, but Isabel’s future.

No matter how closely professional collapse looms, Isabel is hell-bent on tempting fate. And regardless of the consequences to his custody case, Dante is convinced that the only certainty remaining in his life is Isabel. Meanwhile, Dante's children need Isabel's help and their father's love, as their splintered family is buffeted about in court.

CLIENT RELATIONS provides an insider’s view of custody cases and big firm politics, in a sexy, suspense-filled drama where unconditional love justifies terrible lies, but also salvages lives.