A legal eagle gets its right
James Patterson – known today as our bestseller – will be released on December 20 with “The Defense Lawyer”. It’s about Barry Slotnick – known for years as our best criminal lawyer.
I know a lot about this book. I’m in Patterson’s thanks for forever knowing Barry, his lawyer son Stuart, who handles some of today’s legal problems, Barry’s wife Donna, who remembers enough of her own memories.
I know their in-laws, their grandchildren, their animals, their homes, their friends, their vacations, their lives.
Publisher, Little, Brown. Price, $ 30. Pages, 416. Over a decade, Slotnick never lost a case. Customers run – or some may jump into getaway cars – from Gotti to Colombo to Noriega to Gigante aka The Chin. Plus, heads of state that I might want to keep anonymous for Bette Medler’s bathhouse contract for the famous front-page headline defense of Subway Shooter Bernie Goetz for Melania Trump’s prep.
Always known for its custom-made – with vests – blue Fioravanti suits. And sharp mind. And perfectly shaved beard. And tumbles with a paper clip when you think. And invokes their secret code to make Donna disappear, hiding when the problems came. Even when life for him was scary.
So who is going to play him in a movie? George Clooney? Matthew McConaughey? Ben Affleck, if he can manage to unload J.Lo?
Everything must be gone
Seniors pack the Hamptons home. Schlepping to Florida. According to realtors, buyers here will only have new houses. Long-term housing does not bring top crowns. So: Grandmothers and grampies shred old files, sell antiques that do not fit into an apartment by the sea, bracelets with jewels that once encircled wrinkled wrists, unload for a pawnbroker price. Winter clothes for consignment shops. Fur for housekeeper. Even vintage cars. Southampton’s Aventura Motors has the IM Peis 1986 Mercedes convertible. Blue, gray interior, 22,000 miles, original manuals – $ 55,000. Repolished, retailers sell things for large numbers. But when the owners unload them – everything is old again. I’m just telling you what I know.
Arlene Dahl. I knew her. Loved her. I spent a whole life with her. I remember her Texas barbecue for Joan Collins, Norwegian dinner for Van Johnson, parties for Debbie Reynolds, Helen Hayes, Anthony Quinn, Gloria DeHaven, Diana Rigg, Baz Luhrmann, Joan Rivers. I was standing with her when a fan misunderstood her for Rhonda Fleming. And when an autograph hunter also thought she was someone else. Her dog Max wore the rhinestone at my dog Jazzy’s birthday party, and then mated with Liza Minnelli’s schnauzer Emelina. Liza stumbled and fell over her own dog. We had dinner after one of Trump’s weddings. In astrology big time, she made charts for the Clintons. Held Oscar night parties. I was at her daughter’s wedding. I was at her son’s wedding. For a whole lot of years she lived a whole lot of life. We all appreciated knowing her.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s decision-making position depends on your choice of cable network. When one hears Al Sharpton, it reads, “A black man would have been convicted in two hours.” With Tucker Carlson, white supremacy is a myth, and he is producing a documentary about it. Watch. Further polarization awaits this case.
Palm Beach. A ritzy widower escorted her VIP 3 ¹ / ₂-pound Yorkie – complete with hair bow – outside for a breather. But not so that its small, well-groomed legs can touch ordinary sidewalks. For it to be pushed in its own special doggie cart. How special? The front and rear of this custom-made carriage carried its own Florida license plates.
Absolutely only in Palm Beach, kids, only in Palm Beach.
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