Sorry I have been largely absent here lately — between jury duty (I'm going into my second week), a tight deadline on my next MONK book (due in October!), and editing THE DEAD MAN book series (with Bill Rabkin)  – I haven't had much time for blogging.  But I'll make  up for it soon. I want to talk about my unusual experience writing KING CITY (my recently completed crime novel) and I'm eager to share some big news about  THE DEAD MAN. And I'm sure I'll have some things to say about serving on a jury… 

8 thoughts on “AWOL”

  1. Last year I sat on a jury for three days: was it consensual sex with the about-to-be-married bride or rape following a bachelorette party? It was the most absorbing and rewarding three days of my life. I could turn it into a powerful novel.

  2. I found jury duty to be a unique and educational experience. I don’t understand why most people seem so determined to get out of serving.

  3. Doug,
    I agree. I found it an incredible experience in many ways. I learned a lot about our legal system…but I think I learned more about people. It was extraordinary to me that 12 people, from such a diverse cross-section of our community, could find common ground on a difficult issue with respect, thoughtfulness, and a true sense of responsibility. Every single juror clearly gave the case their full attention and consideration. I was very proud to be a part of it.


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