The Substitution Order

Kevin Moore, once a high-flying Virginia attorney, hits rock bottom after an inexplicably tumultuous summer leaves him disbarred and separated from his wife.  Short on cash and looking for work, he lands in the middle of nowhere with a job at SUBstitution, the world’s saddest sandwich shop.  His closest confidants: a rambunctious rescue puppy and the twenty-year-old computer whiz manning the restaurant counter beside him.  He’s determined to set his life right again, but the troubles keep coming.  And when a bizarre, mysterious stranger wanders into the shop armed with a threatening “invitation” to join a multimillion-dollar scam, Kevin will need every bit of his legal savvy just to stay out of prison.

A remarkable tour of the law’s tricks and hidden trapdoors, The Substitution Order is both wise and ingenious, a wildly entertaining novel that will keep you guessing–and rooting for its tenacious hero–until the very last page.

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“Truly thrilling . . . . The Substitution Order is not merely a good legal thriller; it’s a great one.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Terrifically entertaining.” –The Washington Post

“Exceptional . . . . Clark does a masterly job.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Clark’s trademark witty prose and mind-bending legal plotting get a welcome workout in this engaging thriller.” –The Seattle Review of Books

“The Substitution Order is totally disarming.  It never cheats; its clues are always in evidence.  It is so tightly woven that its final chapter is going to leave readers smiling for days even as it brings an occasional tear to the eye.  It is, in short, Clark’s best book so far.” –Anniston (Alabama) Star

“Tightly plotted . . . . Clark—often acclaimed as the country’s best writer of legal thrillers—tells the tale of Kevin Moore . . . .  Clark writes crisply about encounters with people and sharply of the shortcomings of the legal and health care systems.” –The Washington Times

“Clark’s a genius in mixing in his extensive legal expertise and a healthy dose of wry humor and coming up with very good novels that win awards and frequent, well-deserved praise as the best legal thrillers going.  The Substitution Order is another outstanding one, a story rich with atmosphere, memorable characters . . . and intriguing plot twists and surprises. Ingeniously plotted . . . with surprises right up to the end.” –Greensboro News & Record


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Literary Agent:

Anne-Lise Spitzer – Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency

Film and TV:

Josie Freedman – ICM Partners


Gabrielle Brooks – c/o Alfred A. Knopf Publishing