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On the outside, Nick O’Reilly has it all: a high-flying legal career, as a partner of an elite Wall Street law firm, and financial security, with an apartment overlooking Central Park. Having grown up in a working-class family, as far back as Nick can remember this was his dream. But at the age of 36, after several years of sacrificing his personal life for professional gain, Nick has started to ponder his future and consider the mark he wants to leave on society both professionally and personally–his legacy.
After being chastised in the press for turning a cold shoulder to the community, the firm calls upon Nick to help rehabilitate its image by handling its first pro bono case. Nick is asked to represent Dawn Nelson, a domestic violence victim who is fighting for custody of her young son, Jordan. A far cry from Nick’s specialty of defending the misdeeds of Corporate America, it is up to Nick to set Dawn and Jordan on a path to a better life. But Nick gets much more than he signed on for, as Dawn forces him to reassess his life choices and, ultimately, be true to himself. Only when Nick finally realizes what is truly important in life does he face his toughest–and possibly final–challenge: a battle for his own survival.

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BRIAN COHEN's debut novel, THE LIFE O'REILLY, was awarded the 2010 Bronte Prize, was named the Winner in the Best First Novel category of the 2010 Indie Book Awards, the Winner in the Best Romance category of the 2009 Reader Views Literary Awards, and a Finalist in the Best Fiction category of the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards. Cohen resides in the suburbs of New York City, where he is at work on his next novel.