The Jezebel Remedy
The Legal Limit
Gates Hunt is a compulsive felon, serving a stiff penitentiary sentence for selling cocaine. His brother, Mason, however, has escaped their bitter, impoverished upbringing to become the commonwealth’s attorney for their rural hometown in Virginia, where he enjoys a contented life with his wife and spitfire daughter. But Mason’s idyll is abruptly pierced by a wicked tragedy, and soon afterward trouble finds him again when he is forced to confront a brutal secret he and his brother had both sworn to take with them to the grave, a secret that threatens everyone and everything he holds dear …Read More >
Plain Heathen Mischief
Moments after finishing a six-month sentence in the Roanoke jail for a crime he might not have committed, Baptist minister Joel King is served some unwelcome papers. His wife wants a divorce, and the teenage vixen everyone believes he seduced is suing him for five million dollars.Holding on to his faith with a white-knuckle grip, Joel accepts a ride out west with Edmund Brooks, a member of his former flock who has some Commandment-challenging ideas about helping Joel help himself …Read More >
The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living
Hung over, beaten by the unforgiving sun, bitter at his estranged wife, and dreading the day’s docket of petty criminal cases, Judge Evers Wheeling is in need of something on the morning he’s accosted by Ruth Esther English. Ruth Esther’s strange story certainly is something, and Judge Wheeling finds himself in uncharted territory. Reluctantly agreeing to help Ruth Esther retrieve some stolen money, he recruits his pot-addled brother and a band of merry hangers-on …Read More >
Martin Clark is a Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College and a 1984 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. In 1992 he was appointed as a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge for the Twenty-first Judicial Circuit and currently serves as a circuit court judge for the Virginia counties of Patrick and Henry and the city of Martinsville, Virginia, a job he has held since 1995. Martin’s first novel, The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, was a New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, a finalist for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award and appeared on several best-seller lists. The New York Times Magazine called Many Aspects “arguably the funniest legal thriller ever written” and declared Martin to be “the thinking man’s John Grisham.” Additionally, the screenplay for Many Aspects is being written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jerry Mitchell and his writing partner Mike Roden.
Martin’s second novel, Plain Heathen Mischief, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, was chosen as a selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club and, prior to release, appeared on both Amazon’s and Barnes and Noble’s Top 100. Mischief was nominated for several 2004 literary awards.
Martin’s third book, The Legal Limit, was selected by NPR as one of its “Summer Reads” and was featured and excerpted in the July 2008 edition of Readers Digest. Reviewers stated that The Legal Limit is “the new standard by which other works of legal fiction should be judged” and “the best courtroom story ever.” The New York Times Book Review called it “a novel of ample graces.” With multiple printings to its credit, Limit appeared on the SIBA best-seller list for five consecutive weeks and spent thirty straight weeks on Amazon’s legal thriller best-seller list, rising as high as number two. Also, the book was named to several “Best of 2008″ lists, including those compiled by The Washington Post and Bookmarks Magazine, and it won The 2009 Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award for fiction.
Martin is a former trustee of Stuart Presbyterian Church, a member of Trout Unlimited and an avid fly fisherman. He lives in Stuart, Virginia, with his wife Deana.
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