Their Word Is Law: Bestselling Lawyer-Novelists Talk About Their Craft


It's no secret that lawyers make great fiction writers. They spend their days at the heart of ...

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It's no secret that lawyers make great fiction writers. They spend their days at the heart of conflict and they live or die by their choice of words. Now, in this unique collection of interviews, the top lawyer-novelists of our day discuss the inner workings of their craft-from the moral explorations of Louis Auchincloss to the dynamic thrills of Scott Turow.

Including in-depth interviews with:

* David Baldacci
* Linda Fairstein
* Philip Friedman
* John Grisham
* Steve Martini
* Richard North Patterson
* Lisa Scottoline
* Scott Turow
* and others...

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In this fascinating glimpse into the world of law and its impact on fiction writing, Stephen M. Murphy, a practicing civil litigator in San Francisco, interviews colleagues who have made forays into the world of fiction, asking, Were they lawyers who wanted to become writers? Or were they writers who became lawyers?

As Murphy delves into the lives of some of today's front-running lawyer/novelists, we find out how they are crafting and merging their two worlds into riveting megabestsellers. John Grisham was a practicing attorney for ten years and still keeps his law license current, but his super-successful novels and the movies based on them ensure that writing takes precedence over courtroom work. David Baldacci was also a lawyer before he retired in order to write, while Scott Turow earned a degree in creative writing from Stanford before becoming a lawyer. Either way, it seems that the key to these authors' explosive novels lies in the combination of writing skill and insider knowledge.

The authors interviewed are full of personality and candor about their chosen paths, making this book insightful, informative, and definitely a different perception on the world of fiction writing. (Evie Rhodes)

Publishers Weekly
Law and Order San Francisco personal injury lawyer Stephen M. Murphy has talked with dozens of JDs-turned-authors over the years, and in Their Word Is Law: Bestselling Lawyer-Novelists Talk About Their Craft, he gathers their pearls of wisdom into an anthology of interviews. Novelists, both famous and not reflect on their craft in engaging terms, and Murphy is a fine cross-examiner: the bestselling David Baldacci discusses breaking into fiction and laughingly deems himself a "twelve-year overnight success," while prolific author and "Living Landmark" Louis Auchincloss rather snobbishly disdains the notion of reading books by "lawyer-hyphen-authors." A foreword by Steve Martini (the author of Jury and other novels also contributes an interview) highly praising Murphy should boost sales. (July 2) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425184783
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/2/2002
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Murphy has been a practicing civil litigator for nearly 20 years and has written numerous articles for legal journals and other publications.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Excellent Book!

    This book tells of lawyer-authors and their life. It was exciting, along with informing and is great for all adults who are interested in law. But another thing I liked about this book is that you don't have to be interested in law to enjoy it. It tells about murder cases and sucidal cases, and in its own way, it has many stories inside of it. This is Stephen Murphy's first book, and hopefully not his last. He is a great author-lawyer and deserves some notice.

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