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If you claim to be a writer and can’t get a crime novel out of a tattooed lawyer operating out of a bookstore coffee bar who suffers from panic attacks give it up and get a job writing technical manuals.

Or "Crime Novels for Dummies."

chris the cop

Great point, Lance. So when do you start?

Another in a series of reasons why I'm glad I'm not a lawyer is that unless you really really REALLY enjoy writing contracts (which outside of criminal work is what about 99% of all lawyers do) you won't like the basic work. (No reason for this point - just felt like making it)

And the problem with being a criminal lawyer is that no matter what side you're on, you deal with people who are yucky.


I'm already on Chapter Two. Chapter One ended with Mr. Tattoo breathing into a paper bag and Evelyn Wood-ing through his book, not just because Nunzio had walked in... the owner of the "wronged" construction site whose neck is wider than his head... but because some guy over in Gothic Romance happened to wink at him.

But seriously, Lance, very clever post, Sir!

Ken Muldrew

Did you ever see the Australian movie, "The Castle"? A very humanizing look at lawyers (or at least some lawyers).

Just another random point about lawyers...but hey, Chris started it.


Ditto Chris' comment, Lance. When do we see the first draft?

El Jefe

Everything Chris said, in whatever you've called trumps, plus never trust a trial lawyer who wears a double-breasted suit to work.

Like where you're going. I remember once reading a mystery where a dozen or so famous authors had contributed a chapter apiece, only being given the manuscript when it was their turn and with permission to take the story in their own direction. The next Elmore Leonard will be crowdsourced, then?

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