A dishy book from an avowed sociopath has stirred up an
awkward debate: perhaps all of us have a bit of the personality
disorder. Caitlin Dickson on why that may not be such a bad thing.
M.E. Thomas describes herself as a cutthroat attorney who sailed through law school without much effort, landed a position at a prestigious law firm, and then became a professor. She also claims to fantasize about murder, drops friends when their personal problems get in the way of her fun, and plots ways to “ruin people” in her spare time. She straddles a fine line between success and failure, with the traits that have gotten her ahead simultaneously contributing to her periodic downfalls.