Slip & Fall, a novel by Nick Santora
State Street Press
ISBN 978-0-68112-749-4

Meet Rob Prinicipe, a personal-injury lawyer based in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. He suffers from a nervous stomach and a reputation cleaner than a Boy Scout’s. He’s three payments behind on his mortgage, happily married with a baby on the way, and his last-chance case has just been summarily dismissed by the judge.

His Dad, a union carpenter, paid Rob’s way through Columbia Law School and couldn’t be prouder of his only son.

Rob grew up with his older second cousin, Jackie Masella, who is now an enforcer for a local mob boss.

Rob just wants to make his family proud — and pay his bills.

For the life of him, he can’t figure out how to do both.

To fix his money problems, Rob comes up with a personal-injury insurance scam involving union labor in hock to his cousin’s boss. He swears he’ll run the scam only once, just to get his nose above water.

We follow Rob, step-by-step, as he loses his case, his nerve, his reputation… and more.

The hapless lawyer’s story is told with authenticity by an author who himself comes from New York City and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1996. Slip & Fall is Mr. Santora’s first novel, but not his first writing. He has also written for the television series The Sopranos, Law & Order and The Guardian. Currently, he’s the producer for the reality series Beauty and the Geek.

Mr. Santora will tour the country, reading from his book and signing copies beginning in California on June 15th.

Slip & Fall marks a slam-bang start to a new program by Borders to publish exclusive and proprietary books to be available solely through Borders stores. (That includes Waldenbooks.) The book was released yesterday.

You’ll have to read the book to find out how far Rob is willing to go before trying to get out, and how big a price he and those around him pay.

Everybody pays, even the all-powerful mob boss.

You can decide whether the lesson paid for was worth the price.

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