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Deception Chapter 1

Chapter One

Lane Cuthbert looked through her office window and across the street at her new law partner Monty Geiger. He was in an animated conversation with several men who looked like cowboys. In spite of his classic look, he blended seamlessly with the other men. His fingers hooked into braided leather suspenders that held up his Armani suit pants. A custom-made white shirt with the French cuffs turned neatly up his forearm, a silk Jacquard string tie, a Stetson and handmade boots finished off the look. No one would suspect he was one of the richest and most successful lawyers in Texas.

She watched as several men peeled away from the conversation until only Monty and one other man stood on the sidewalk. A feral smile curled around her mouth as she recognized each of the cowboys who had been talking with Monty. She knew each client of Monty's chapter and verse; that's why she chose him. He, of course, thought that he'd chosen her; after all, it was his law practice. She had set out to become his partner thirteen years earlier when she read an article in Texas Monthly about 'The Rancher's Lawyer'. She knew then where she wanted to go in life and Monty, or rather his clients, was her ticket to the big time.

Lane never did follow what everyone thought the conventional wisdom was for her. Her father, a prominent lawyer in San Antonio, had expected her to attend his alma mater and follow his example before joining his law firm. Nevertheless, and much to the dismay of her family, Lane had other ideas. Instead of going to school in Texas, she attended Columbia majoring in prelaw. When she elected to attend Dickenson School of Law in Pennsylvania, her father had shaken his head and said, "Why on earth would you go to that school? Yale, Harvard or any Texas Law School would be a better choice, girl." He had no way of knowing that she was setting her master plan into motion by attending that particular law school.

After graduating, she went to work as a clerk for the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Three years later, she began a stint as an ADA in Houston. Then, the opportunity presented itself. The rancher's lawyer was looking for a partner. His only full partner had unexpectedly died and now he was searching for the right lawyer to buy into his practice. There were three other lawyers in his practice, however none had the necessary cash and, more importantly, Monty didn't feel any were partner material. He was looking, the grapevine said, for someone with solid qualifications who would impress his clients."

The day after they buried Richard Steiner one of Monty's most important clients was in trouble for unethical lobbying practices in Washington. The client's trouble brought finding a new partner to the forefront of Monty Geiger's to-do list. If he were to prevail in the DC case, he would need to concentrate all his time and energies on that litigation.

That afternoon, a registered letter arrived from a woman he had litigated against several years earlier in Houston. To his surprise, Lane Cuthbert was inquiring about the position of partner, and that made him sit up and take notice. He knew her father, and along with his personal experience in the courtroom, he believed that she was an up-and-comer.

As he perused her resume, he couldn't believe his good fortune. Her credentials were impeccable...Phi Beta Kappa, top of her class in law school, the law review, glowing recommendations from the state Supreme Court and a stellar ninety percent win rate as an ADA. Added into the mix was the fact that she'd attended Monty's law school. She was exactly what he was looking for...a sure winner. He wasted no time in calling her.

"Ms. Cuthbert, this is Monty Geiger," he said in his smoothest drawl.
Lane took a deep breath to calm her excitement.

"Why, hello, Mr. Geiger, I assume you're calling because you received my inquiry?"

"Yes. Are you free tomorrow night for dinner?"

Lane didn't skip a beat. "I'm afraid that won't be possible. I have a case starting in two days." Lane smiled as she let the man dangle a bit longer. "I just can't justify taking the time to drive to Garrett Springs."

"I'm so sorry. I didn't completely explain myself, Ms. Cuthbert." Monty cleared his throat. "I'll have my jet come and get you, or I can come to Houston."

Lane played a little longer. "That's very nice of you...but I don't know."

Monty scratched his forehead. "Ms. Cuthbert I would very much like to meet with you about the partnership. Is there any way that can happen?"

She let a few seconds tick by before she spoke again. "Are you familiar with Perry's at Clear Lake?"

"Why yes I am."

"Okay, I'm going to put you on hold while I check my schedule."

"Certainly." Monty said before he heard the sound on the phone switch to soft music. Annoyed, as the time seemed to drag on by, he drummed his fingers on his desk and gritted his teeth.  When he heard the music switch to silence he blew out a breath.

Lane let two minutes pass before she reconnected with the man. "I can meet you at Perry's tomorrow night at eight."

"Well that, little lady, is the best news I've had all day," he drawled. "I'll make the reservations and see you there at eight."

That meal brought her to Garrett Springs as the partner to Monty Geiger, the cattlemen's lawyer.
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