D.C. Wales has litigated hundreds of cases, including bench and jury trials. He has published articles in legal journals, edited a leading treatise, and filed countless briefs with federal and state judges across the United States. The Prick is his first novel, written over the course of years in time not devoured by the ever-demanding practice of law.
The Prick tours a series of events set in motion by one (alleged) egregious and cataclysmic action, on the battleground of Atlanta employment litigation, a venue Wales knows and loves. The self-inflicted catastrophe, denial, wrath, retaliation, and attempted redemption that play out in the novel have all been present in these cases for decades, and with stunning regularity.
D.C. Wales lives outside of Atlanta with his wife and son.
The Prick: Jason Hunter’s dwindling bank account is a daily reminder that Jason never should have left his job at a prestigious law firm to start his own practice, a solo shop located in uncomfortable proximity to a strip club. Hope arrives in the form of Maggie Moxley, a legal assistant who tearfully claims that Robert Spelkin III—her boss, and the office’s most profitable partner—sexually assaulted her at work. Looking to transform Moxley’s misfortune into profits, Jason takes on Spelkin and his powerhouse firm, Levitt, Bennett & Taylor, LLP. Spelkin, a man of unbridled ambition and aggression, demands not only victory but Jason’s legal dismemberment. Levitt engages Rebecca Trent, widely regarded as the city’s best employment litigator, to embark on a campaign that will annihilate Jason, his little firm, and his client.
Jason’s only weapon is the truth of what happened that night. But the more he gathers evidence, the more he questions whether Moxley has told him the whole story. Meanwhile, Moxley’s accusations initiate a series of events whose consequences extend far beyond accuser and accused, creating chaos for everybody in their orbit.