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Published:November 1st, 2006 07:52 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with David Brody, Author of The Wrong Abraham

Judyth Piazza chats with David Brody, Author of The Wrong Abraham

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

David S. Brody is a real estate attorney who graduated from Tufts University and Georgetown Law School. He was recently named Boston`s Best Local Author " by the Boston Phoenix, sharing the award with Dennis Lehane. This is his third novel in the Shelby Baskin series, the first of which, Unlawful Deeds, was a Boston Globe bestseller. Mr. Brody resides in Westford, Massachusetts with his wife, novelist Kimberly Scott, and their two daughters.

I was asked recently why so many lawyers end up writing novels. Maybe it`s because we`re bored with the practice of law. Maybe it`s because we`re truly writers at heart. Or maybe it`s just because we think we`re smarter than everyone else and that readers really will benefit from our pontifications ".

My latest book, The Wrong Abraham, is a continuation of the series of thrillers featuring Boston attorney Shelby Baskin and Bruce Arrujo, now her fiancé. The stakes are higher this time "Shelby and Bruce are trying to stop a series of terrorist attacks on Boston. While fighting the terrorists, they also fight their way through a number of issues (and problems) that seem to pop up regularly in our legal system, paramount among them being the question of when, if ever, vigilante justice is acceptable. They also have to deal with Shelby`s rich Uncle Abraham, a Holocaust survivor who seems more interested in hunting down neo-Nazis than in saving Boston.

If you`re visiting this website, you`ve probably stumbled on one my first two novels, Unlawful Deeds and Blood of the Tribe. All three of my books are set in New England, and all have plots that turn on real-world issues/events, such as the unsolved Gardner Museum art theft (Unlawful Deeds), looming Native American land claims (Blood of the Tribe), and the threat presented by highly volatile liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers steaming into Boston harbor (The Wrong Abraham). All three are (hopefully) fast-paced and compelling, and all three explore some deeper issues that seem to make our legal system such a lightning rod for criticism and disdain.

Which reminds me: I have one more possible explanation for why so many lawyers become authors. Maybe it`s because we`re sick of all those nasty lawyer jokes at cocktail parties. I mean, did you ever hear a joke about a bus full of novelists going off a cliff?

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