A Fool's Gold

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 31, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Just a few months out of law school, Bill Merritt takes a job working for a slightly shady but charismatic lawyer named Thaddeus Silk. Only months later, Thaddeus drops dead of a heart attack, and Bill is left to pick up the pieces of his chaotic and poorly managed practice. Before he can even start to make sense of the mess that was Thaddeus's legal life, the police are knocking at his door, and Bill is being accused of fencing stolen treasure. Enter Abby Birdsong and Grady Jackson, two clients of Thaddeus's whose files are among the boxes and papers and bourbon bottles that litter his office. Drug charges had been brought against Abby for carrying two pounds of pot in her bag; and Grady seeks a permit from the state of Oregon to dig for treasure on a local beach. Bill takes on both of their cases, which, on the face of it, aren't related. When the two cases collide in ways that seem too fantastic to be true, Bill finds himself caught in the middle.

How Thaddeus and Bill, Abby and Grady, assorted law enforcement officials and colorful hangers-on overlap and interconnect took Bill another nineteen years to puzzle out. The result is an intricate and original legal yarn with a cast of provincial misfits so peculiar and charming it reads like fiction.


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User Review  - addunn3 - LibraryThing

If you have frequented the Portland, Oregon area and have zipped out to the North Coast, you will recognize the setting for this humorous, unusual tale about an inexperienced lawyer trying to clean up ... Read full review

A FOOL'S GOLD: A Story of Ancient Spanish Treasure, Two Pounds of Pot, and the Young Lawyer Almost Left Holding the Bag

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Merritt's memoir of his early days as a lawyer in coastal Oregon falls flat.The book suffers from too many cartoonish, unconvincing characters stuck in a plodding story line. Merritt claims to be ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Bill Merritt practiced law in Portland, Oregon, for more than a decade, and lives there still. He's the author of Where the Rivers Ran Backward, about his experience in Vietnam.

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