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A Review of Contempt by Michael Cordell

It’s been some time since I read a legal thriller in the vein of John Grisham. So when I got my hands on this novel by Michael Cordell, I couldn’t wait to dive in and meet the main character, Thane Banning. Thane is a real estate lawyer who went to prison for five years for a murder he didn’t commit. After claiming his innocence for many years, he was finally released on a legal technicality. Now a free man, Thane must adjust to living on the outside and finding ways to connect with his wife, Hannah. Just when Thane is getting back on his feet and working at his old law firm, he is pulled in to defend, Scotty “Skunk” Burns, a former fellow inmate accused of murder. Unable to resist Skunk’s plea for help, Thane takes the case although he is not a criminal defense lawyer. Not only was this a risky move but he couldn’t blow the chance at going up against DA Bradford Stone, the same prosecutor who put him in prison for five years.Overall, the scenes, characters and dialogue were realistic…

It’s A Book Thing Presents: An Interview with T. C. Weber, author of the BetterWorld Trilogy (Sleep State Interrupt, The Wrath of Leviathan, and Zero-Day Rising)

Author’s Bio: Ted Weber has pursued writing since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. His first published novel was a near-future cyberpunk thriller titled Sleep State Interrupt (See Sharp Press). It was a finalist for the 2017 Compton Crook award for best first science fiction, fantasy, or horror novel. The first sequel, The Wrath of Leviathan, came out in 2018, and the final book of the trilogy, Zero-Day Rising, is coming out Oct. 1, 2020. He also has other books on the way. He is a member of the Maryland Writers’ Association, and runs a monthly writing workshop. By day, Mr. Weber works as an ecologist for Defenders of Wildlife, and has had a number of scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents. Deliah Lawrence:What inspired you to write your book?Ted Weber: I’m a big cyberpunk fan, and wanted to write somet…

It’s A Book Thing Presents: An Interview with Mark R. Clifford, author of Typhoon Coast

Author’s Bio: Mark R. Clifford is a proud fourth-generation San Franciscan, and the second-born in an Irish Catholic family of seven, making him a self-proclaimed expert in the pseudoscience of birth order characteristics. Mark served in the Marine infantry for ten years and as a Police Officer for over a quarter-century. TYPHOON COAST is about what still haunts him.In the Marines, he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mark received Special Operations training while attached to the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa and was operating in the Philippines in 1991 during the historic eruption of Mount Pinatubo.His law enforcement career was equally eclectic. He rose to the sergeant's rank and served in a myriad of assignments to include SWAT and undercover narcotics.Mark still calls the San Francisco Bay Area home. He and his wife have been married for almost thirty years and have raised three beautiful children. He has written for the San Jose Mercury, Contra Costa Times, San Leandro Ti…