David Crump is a senior professor of law at the University of Houston. He earned degrees at Harvard College and the University of Texas School of Law. He has represented most of the 50 states in the United States Supreme Court. Early in his career, he worked as an aerospace engineer, an economist, and an assistant district attorney. His teaching books are used at many law schools. He is also the author of two novels, two books of poetry, and a modern translation and annotation of Virgil's Aeneid. David is a guitar player in a band, an outfielder in the senior baseball league, a ventriloquist, and the father of four.
Conflict of Interestby David Crump
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A propane truck falls from an overpass, killing dozens of innocent people on the freeway below. When Robert Herrick, one of Houston's most respected trial lawyers, agrees to represent the families of the victims, a bizarre chain of events is set into motion that ultimately threatens his career, his family, even his life. Pitted against the ruthless lawyer Jimmy Coleman, partner in the mega-firm Booker & Bayne, Herrick finds himself careening between black-tie balls and opulent private jets to an underworld populated by drug pushers and topless dancers. With hundreds of millions of dollars and his own life and practice at stake, one lawyer struggles to find justice for his clients even while a psychopathic murderer lurks in the shadows....
�. . . A gripping courtroom drama that you won�t want to put down! . . . full of devious characters, dramatic action and authentic legal dilemmas . . . . outshines anything currently available in lawyer novels, or on the large or small screen, in terms of suspense and true gut-grabbing, edge-of-the-seat excitement!�
Commentator on Legal Affairs, CNN
�Much like a real jury, the reader follows the twists and turns of the proceedings, until reaching a very surprising conclusion.�
Executive Director, Scripps League Newspapers
�. . . Conflict of Interest was so much fun to read�a real page turner with no end of tension and excitement. I read it practically nonstop. . . . Any person who has never tried a jury case from start to finish can see it exactly as the lawyers in the courtroom do.�
Past President, State Bar of Virginia
�If you don�t like lawyers, you need to read this book. If you do like lawyers, then you especially need to read it.�
Past President, National District Attorneys� Association
�. . . A brilliantly woven tale of suspense . . . as only a real trial lawyer could tell it!�
Past President, State Bar of Texas
�A suspense novel with a real-life look at the practice of law . . . . the good, the bad and the ugly, as only an attorney could reveal it!�
KTRK News, Channel 13 (ABC-TV Houston)
�. . . A spellbinding journey into the trade craft of modern day legal practitioners. Crump entertains his readers with a brutally realistic view of what it�s like to be a lawyer . . . . It�s got all the right stuff!�
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Taught mystery, with informative explanations at the end about how the law aspects would play out really in Texas.
As a professor of law and a veteran trial attorney, David Crump boasts the experience to understand and explain the mechanics that move the plot of his first novel, CONFLICT OF INTEREST. As a student of human nature, Crump also brings another dimension to the task, as his characters leap to life in an action-packed, page-turning saga that adds a new title to list of outstanding works of fiction in the legal thrillers genre. As a result, CONFLICT OF INTEREST ranks with some of the most unforgettable courtroom dramas of this era, from celluloid classics like Paul Newman in THE VERDICT to similar books that have been transferred to film, including Jonathan Harr's A CIVIL ACTION and Michael Connelly's THE LINCOLN LAWYER. Crump's book is a must-read for residents of the legal thrillers community.