LUCKY LEONARDO by Jonathan Canter

LUCKY LEONARDO

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A naïve Boston shrink falls into the clutches of the legal system—and has to learn fast what the real world is all about.

Poor Leonardo Cook: Unhappily divorced and still grieving over his ex-wife’s adulteries, he goes mechanically through the daily motions—sleeping through his patients’ sessions, taking his teenaged son Harvey out on the court-appointed days, meeting his barista girlfriend Chrissie at Starbucks at the end of her shift—as if he’s numbed to life. But fate takes a sharp turn when Leonardo makes his first mistake by responding to a lawyer’s cry for help: A deranged computer software designer has barricaded himself in his company’s offices, and the corporate counsel begs Leonardo to come and talk the fellow out of suicide. Actually, Eugene Bihn isn’t deranged but furious: The revolutionary program he designed is going to make DeltaTek a fortune, and Eugene (who in a fit of stupidity signed away his DeltaTek options) is threatening to post it on the Internet unless he’s reimbursed. Leonardo calms Eugene down, but then cloddish security officers charge into the office anyway, prompting Eugene to jump out a seventh-story window and very nearly kill himself. In the aftermath of the tragedy (which caused the price of DeltaTek shares to jump and dip like a cardiogram), Leonardo is first sued by Eugene on a number of counts (including violation of the disability rights of a lunatic), then invited to side with him as a star witness in Eugene’s much bigger suit against DeltaTek. But DeltaTek’s lawyers are willing to play the same two-sided game—especially when it comes out that Leonardo’s ex-wife owned shares of DeltaTek that now constitute proof of Leonardo’s participation in insider trading. All this because he wanted to do some poor loser a favor?

Sharp, fast and funny: a first from lawyer (and former Harvard Lampoon editor) Canter.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-4022-0214-8
Page count: 204pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2004