Iannucci argues the plot follows the Divine Comedy model in beginning with selva oscura, in Lomax losing his conscience defending a guilty man, and then entering and exploring deeper circles of Hell. In describing New York City as Babylon , Alice Lomax invokes Revelation 18 :  Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! Milton tempting Lomax is possibly also inspired by the Biblical Temptation of Christ. Following the progress of a sensational trial is a spectator sport".
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I must have seen ten times plus. I can probably quote most of it word for word. I had no idea it was based on a book until last Saturday when watching the DVD again, I let the end credits roll longer than I usually do and noticed. So I immediately went and bought it. This is a case, for me at least, the movie is ten times better than the book.
The movie is brilliant. The book is bloody awful. I can see the basics of where the movie screenplay came from. The bare bones of plot and a fairly good idea is there. After winning a controversial case a young attorney is swept off his feet and brought into a prestigious top New York firm, the cream of the crop of lawyers and beautiful secretaries, all over seen by the charming and charismatic John Milton.
The movie takes these ideas and builds a story that evokes a sense of fascination and dread with complex characters, rich although disturbing mythology, beautiful scenery and brilliant acting making for a great movie. The book does none of this. It was very much tell and not show. The only thing that kept me going was I wanted to see how the plot worked in the book compared to the movie.
Final conclusion, thankful I saw the movie first.
Books by Andrew Neiderman
The Devil's Advocate