In the criminal justice system, magic users and the undead are represented by a special kind of lawyer: the arcane defense lawyer. These are their stories.

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Atticus for the Undead

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In the criminal justice system, magic users and the undead are represented by a special kind of lawyer: the arcane defense lawyer. These are their stories.

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Christine Butler
"This is not your typical supernatural story.... Atticus is an awesome book and not just for fans of the urban fantasy/paranormal genres.... Kudos to John Abramowitz for his creative genius and exceptional writing."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032886334
  • Publisher: John Abramowitz
  • Publication date: 11/6/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 499 KB

Meet the Author

John Abramowitz is a long, tall Texan (very, very tall) born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Educated at Grinnell College in the great state of Iowa, he considers Iowa his second home state, and keeps on good terms with both by eating both barbecue AND corn. When he's not watching way too much sci-fi/fantasy TV or reading similar books (or working, obviously), you can usually find him reading the news or playing video games. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he works as a lawyer and author.
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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    An engrossing paranormal legal drama!

    Atticus for the Undead is the story of Hunter Gamble, an "arcane" defense attorney, and his associates. In their world, the Unveiling has revealed a culture of supernatural citizens — vampires, mages, werewolves, zombies — that coexists with "normal" society. Since the Unveiling, the arcanes (the preferred nomenclature) have faced hate crimes, bullying, segregation, and open persecution. McClain & Gamble is the only law firm in Austin that will defend arcane citizens in this new era. Courts and legislators are still unsure of how to handle the changing face of the world and how the law operates within it. The highly publicized trial of a zombie accused of succumbing to the Hunger murdering one of his friends forces us to ask the question: Can the law really operate equally for humans and arcanes?

    Abramowitz's characters are tightly written individuals who interact with an easy, natural chemistry. I actually became very much attached to Hunter, his associate Kirsten, and their teenage, arcane assistant Sabrina. Even outside this core group, the characters were drawn with distinct identities and motivations. The dialogue is crisp and the story's pacing is comfortably quick.

    As I read Atticus, I was reminded of other works that have appealed to me in the past, the most obvious being Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird and Perry Mason. Perhaps less obvious are David Guterson's 1994 novel Snow Falling on Cedars and Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series, Angel, which featured the evil, supernatural law firm Wolfram & Hart. Although was reminded of these other works of fiction, I never doubted for a moment that this was Abramowitz's story and his characters. He has created a unique world, and I would be eager to read more cases from the desk of Hunter Gamble.

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