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Lawyer Finds Success as Novelist

I admit it: I get a vicarious thrill every time I read about a lawyer who finds success as a novelist. There but for the grace of God -- or lack of talent -- go I. Here in Boston, we've had our fair share of lawyers-turned-novelists: George V. Higgins, Jeremiah Healy, Barry Reed, Michael Fredrickson, Margaret McLean and Sabin Willett, to name just a few. Now, there is another: William Landay.

As Boston Globe writer David Mehegan reports today in  his article, His Cases Have Become Mysterious: Lawyer-turned-novelist digs up dirt in old Boston, Landay, 43, went straight from his job as an assistant district attorney to a career as a novelist. His second book, The Strangler, has just been published. A take-off on the Boston Strangler murders in the early 1960s, it includes what the article calls "thinly disguised fictional versions of superlawyer F. Lee Bailey and Attorney General Edward W. Brooke."

Landay's first book, Mission Flats, won an award for best first crime novel. The Boston College Law School graduate says his work as a prosecutor supplied some of the raw material for his books and that he learned from George Higgins that trial transcripts are good studies in dialogue. For now, though, he is done with practicing law and is planning his next book. "I'm that lucky guy who is doing exactly what he wants to be doing." Call it a vicarious victory for every lawyer who aspires to authordom.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 20, 2007 at 05:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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