A whimsical tale of a secret plot to make seriously bad guys incriminate themselves. . . A broad, sweetly fantastical satire just perfect for readers in the mood.” —Kirkus Reviews “Witty prose complement the clever plotting.” —Publishers Weekly “Everything Is Jake gives us a new sleuth to follow: T.R. Softly, whose latest assignment takes him into a world of political intrigue that requires all his considerable talents to unwind. Smoothly written, with humor and insight, this smart book holds your attention to the very end.” —Annette Gordon Reed, Author, On Juneteenth; Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard University "Everything is Jake brilliantly immerses the reader in a suspenseful ride from beginning to end. It is a smart and entertaining read, and the perfect novel for our times, pointing to even more difficult civil liberties issues than we’ve yet experienced, in a future just being born. This is exactly the novel I would expect of Jethro Lieberman — an exceptional legal scholar and a masterful writer.” — Deborah Archer, president, American Civil Liberties Union "This is a book for the multitudes. Dickens lovers will cherish this story—the crazy names, the jaundiced view of lawyers, the cases that go off the tracks. And so will readers of Mario Puzo—the dark plots, the psychotic families, the parricide in Jake that resonates with the fratricide of The Godfather. There is even food for fans of the bumbling detective Jacques Clouseau. An hilarious romp through a justice system gone haywire. It would be criminal not to read it.” —James D. Zirin, Former Southern District of New York Prosecutor, Author and Legal Analyst “Everything is Jake is everything a great thriller is supposed to be: complex, ambitious, and chock full of surprises. Jethro K. Lieberman has fashioned a truly terrifying tale that picks up where the January 6 attack on the Capitol Building leaves off. His quirky hero, T. R. Softly (who is anything but soft), is a rare and refreshing new voice in the genre, as driven as he is determined. Everything is Jake informs as it entertains, grabbing us in its vise-like grip and not letting go until the very last page is turned.“ —Jon Land, USA Today Bestselling Author, Murder on the Metro “An exuberant tale, wrapped in good-natured humor, and has something for almost any taste: missing persons, courtroom drama, coming of age, unbalanced politicians, romantic edges, even a dose of neuroscience, with a theatrical explosion in the White House that may seem wholly fanciful and yet eerily familiar, all in pursuit of secret agents working — literally — in the ‘deep state.’” —Sandor Frankel, Author, The Accidental Philanthropist “Lieberman guides us expertly through his narrative in prose that rings clear and true. Driving his creation is pop neurology propelled by suspense, the whole cruising at elite altitude. This whodunit of a palimpsest will overwrite your brain leaving a remnant buzz of pleasure and delight.” —Stephen Spotte, Author, Animal Wrongs: A Novel “What fun! Everything Is Jake is built around an ingenious conceit and keeps readers on their toes with a genre-hopping style that goes from legal drama to juvenile detective to adult detective to political thriller to romantic comedy while lacing the whole thing with doses of political satire. . . . Satisfying and sweetly amusing.” —Richard Patterson, Director, The Gentleman Tramp “Lieberman's debut novel—a notable departure from his previous books on the American legal system—is an original, highly entertaining take on detective fiction and political intrigue, starring, among many memorable characters, the brilliant sleuth T. R. Softly. Written with flair, it will test the most ardent mystery buffs. ” —Robert Kimball, Musical Theater Historian; Author, Crisis and Compromise: The Rescue of the 1964 Civil Rights Act “Fantastic. . . . There were times that I found myself doubting everything could be pulled together . . . but Lieberman masterfully ties up all loose ends creating a remarkably woven tale – perhaps the best new book I’ve read in . . . a decade? Longer? Highly recommend.” —Andrew Jason Cohen, Professor of Philosophy and Founding Director, Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Georgia State University
Prolific lawyer and retired law professor Lieberman’s first solo novel is a whimsical tale of a secret plot to make seriously bad guys incriminate themselves.
Throughout his long and storied criminal career, Romo Malbonum, the Deckled Don, has never had to answer any legal charges. But one day, FBI agent Dewey Sisal tells Assistant U.S. Attorney Mallory Greenstock, the Don approached him and said he wanted to confess in court to a litany of crimes. In order to ensure that everything’s aboveboard, Malbonum will be represented by the illustrious Jedidiah Cardsworth Tillinghast, one-time college roommate of the presiding judge, Horton Pickscreed, and the confession will be captured on video. The only condition is that the proceedings must be wrapped up by this coming Friday. Mallory rubs her eyes, asks a few skeptical questions, and agrees, and Malbonum appears on schedule and confesses for hours as Judge Pickscreed looks on in growing bewilderment. Weird? Absolutely. But not nearly as weird as the moment days later when Malbonum, now that he’s been duly recorded, sentenced, and imprisoned, maintains that the whole confession was a hoax because whoever made it wasn’t him, despite oodles of evidence that it was. Troubled and baffled, Mallory calls on her old acquaintance and consulting detective T.R. Softly to get to the bottom of the mystery, and within days, Softly has discovered that this entire spectacle has been a mere curtain raiser to a deep-laid plot against President Mark Malleycorn Pohtiss, an intemperate crackpot whose public pronouncements, reprinted at length, are so demented and fact-free that the FBI’s code name for him is Fruitcake.
A broad, sweetly fantastical satire just perfect for readers in the mood.