a refreshing look at an alcoholic Oct 4, 2008
Nate O'Riley was a high powered attorney that we find in rehab (for the fourth time). He has botched two marriages with a total of four children. The firm he used to work for has sent him to Brazil to find a 42 year old missionary/doctor who has inherited 15 billion dollors from a father she really never knew. She is illegitimate. Her father, Troy Phelan, has six legitimate children, and three ex-wives whom he despises, and visa versa. Everyone thinks he has a brain tumor and is about to die. He leaves a new will, that he has hand written, and jumps to his death from his fourteenth floor office while all his children and ex-wives are assembled to hear the reading of his will. The book has three plots. The first is about Nate O'Riley, his bouts with addiction and finding himself. The second is about finding the missionary/doctor in the jungles of Brazil, and finding out she doesn't want the money. And third, all the courtroom battles that go on from the children who are written out of the will, and their attorneys, and their desire to declare their father crazy. A great plot from the mind of a great writer.