Front Cover, Dec 11, 2015 - Fiction - 300 pages

A Literary Guild selection, a New York Times best-seller, and a 4 ½ star favorite with Kindle readers, one of whom called it “the gold standard for courtroom thrillers.” The movie starred Beverly D'Angelo, Peter Strauss, Ned Beatty, and Jill Clayburgh as "Judge Lou Parker."

"The courtroom scenes are breathtaking ... gripping suspense ... riveting!"
-- Publishers Weekly
An adventure into the real world of criminal law, as well as a moving love story, this powerful novel deals with murder, the perils of a two- career marriage, and the morality of justice,
       Twisting and relentless, TRIAL follows Texas lawyer Warren Blackburn as he defends two accused murderers in separate cases. Johnnie Faye Boudreau, a former beauty queen and now owner of a topless nightclub, has shot her multimillionaire lover - she claims - in self-defense. Hector Quintana, is a homeless illegal alien accused of killing a man for his wallet.
       Without warning, the two cases merge and become one; Warren Blackburn's career, marriage, and physical safety are suddenly threatened.

"Don't begin this book at bedtime or you'll be up all night ... TRIAL is like a birchbark canoe or a seven-layer cake. You can go crazy trying to figure out how it's made, and it's made by a master." -- Caroline See, Los Angeles Times

"The novel of the year. A lively plot ... fun, fast-paced, and solidly researched." -- The New York Times 


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A brilliant courtroom drama. Simple as that. Actually the story follows one attorney as he comes back from a conduct suspension and takes on two cases which eventually cross paths. Sometimes courtroom ... Read full review

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Following the stigma of an ethics probe, attorney Warren Blackburn gets another chance--to assist a famous lawyer in a scandalous murder trial. At about the same time he agrees to serve as public ... Read full review

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Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23

Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28

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About the author (2015)

At seven years of age I wrote my first story for a summer camp magazine.  Growing up in Manhattan, I studied painting at the High School of Music & Art, then continued on to Cornell University, where I rowed on the crew, wrote romantic poetry, decided I wasn’t a great artist and instead dreamed of becoming a great writer.
     After Cornell I worked as a copy boy for the New York Times, saved my wages, and in 1953 sailed to Europe, determined to make my dream into a reality. I walked from France to Spain across the Pyrenees; stumbled upon the then-unspoiled Mediterranean island of Ibiza -- in those years, an expat in Spain could live comfortably on $50 a month – and wrote my first novel.
     I sent it to a literary agent in New York. Miraculously, so it seemed to me, she read it and liked it, and G. P. Putnam’s Sons published it.
    Was it really as easy and as quick as that? Of course not. I was lucky. And dogged.
    I kept writing. After teaching at UCLA graduate extension school in 1961, I became a correspondent to the Middle East for NBC.  I wrote short stories, travel articles and plays. Writing is my life.  Over time I managed to finish eighteen books that were published to varying degrees of success by Putnam, St. Martin’s Press, Stein & Day, McGraw-Hill, and Simon & Schuster. Of my novel, “Trial,” Caroline See in the Los Angeles Times wrote: “Don’t begin this book at bedtime or you’ll be up all night . . . it’s made by a master.” And Donald Westlake, reviewing “Final Argument,” said, “Every part of it is terrific. What a wonderful piece of storytelling!”
    Those are the kind of accolades that make it all worthwhile.
    In 1970, I created a writing event which became the notorious Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax. Hughes’ biographer, Michael Drosnin, claimed in “Citizen Hughes” that the threat of the book’s publication caused the White House to worry that I was in league with the Democratic National Committee, and presidential concert about Hughes’ revelations of bribery led o that President Nixon approved the Watergate break-in to find out if I had revealed . But that’s another story, for someone else to write.
    “Move over, Butch and Sundance, it’s not that I love you both less, just that I’ve come to love Pancho and Tom more”– the New York Times Book Review wrote that opinion about my novel “Tom Mix and Pancho Villa,” which I sometimes think is my best book, although “Trial,” followed by “Daddy’s Girl” and “Final Argument” – all legal thrillers – are the hottest sellers. I stand by them all.    
    The Chicago Tribune described my investigative book “Fake!” as “the wild, true story of three men who raped the art world . . . one of the most sophisticated suspense sagas of our time.”
    Twenty five boxes of my manuscripts, notes, journals and correspondence have been stored by the Center for American History at the University of Texas (Austin), which acquired the archive from me in 2013.    

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