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      November 5, 2019

      Tuesday   7:00 PM

      453 South Spring Street
      Los Angeles, California 90013

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      The Best People with Marc Grossberg

      Note: Your ticket includes - and is the same price as - the book! The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Marc Grossberg, referred to by some as the new unofficial voice of Houston.  He will be joining us to discuss his new book, The Best People: A Tale of Trials and Errors, a social satire set in Houston which offers a glimpse into the high stakes conflict of money and power…through the steamy bayous, bedrooms, and courtrooms of the biggest small town in Texas.    There’s a price to pay for ambition, and new money doesn’t always easily mix with old money.  When you want to be amongst the most respected, most influential, most wealthy people in society, what do you have to do to get there and can you hold on to yourself?   The Best People: A Tale of Trials and Errors is a legal drama and social satire set in Houston which offers a glimpse into a world in which you can’t always tell who the best people are.     Patrick “Paddy” Moran, age 36, fresh from being sworn into the Texas bar, begins a wild and rocky journey fueled by his fierce desire for recognition and respect. In a county where some 40,000 civil cases are filed every year, Paddy is sure he’ll get his share of the good ones, sooner or later. After sputtering through mindless uncontested cop divorces and a spate of questionable cases of cops getting rear-ended by luxury cars—and surviving one near career wreck—his luck changes. Paddy Moran’s first victory—a $500,000 settlement from a hospital—comes with a sweet bonus: the genuine friendship of his well-connected, classy dame client. Dressed for success and driving a Mercedes, Paddy finally begins to stand out for more than his imposing physical size, red hair, and New York moxie. He’s become one of Houston’s celebrated Best People. After a second big win—against one of Houston’s biggest law firms—Paddy gets another valuable asset: a young law partner, Will Marshall, a life-long Houstonian with social cred who’s just as hungry to succeed as Paddy. Dubbed the “M&M boys” by Texas Monthly, Moran and Marshall keep attracting media attention and rich clients in juicy divorce cases.   And Paddy’s still a good guy, but visions of winning a high-profile trial with a huge fee lure him into making a very bad judgment call. Then, one dirty deed leads to another…        The Best People is also the story of Pilar Galt, a sensuous, intelligent single mother from the Houston barrios, for whom a temp assignment evolves into a relationship with the richest man in town. Her path intersects with Paddy's and eventually converges during a pivotal time in her life when she must overcome self-destructive tendencies to survive.   What follows is a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks power, money, and a winning outcome justifies unethical means.    Marc Grossberg has practiced law in his native Houston for more than 50 years. A product of Houston public schools, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas School of Law, he has a passion for books that entertain and provoke him.  All events are subject to cancellation, so please check back.

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