by Anthony Franze
on Tour March 21 – April 21, 2017
A young law clerk finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a serial killer in this breathtaking thriller set in the high-pressure world of the Supreme Court, from renowned lawyer Anthony Franze.
Things aren’t going well for Grayson Hernandez. He just graduated from a fourth-tier law school, he’s drowning in student debt, and the only job he can find is as a messenger. The position stings the most because it’s at the Supreme Court, where Gray is forced to watch the best and the brightest―the elite group of lawyers who serve as the justices’ law clerks—from the outside.
When Gray intervenes in a violent mugging, he lands in the good graces of the victim: the Chief Justice of the United States. Gray soon finds himself the newest—and unlikeliest—law clerk at the Supreme Court. It’s another world: highbrow debates over justice and the law in the inner sanctum of the nation’s highest court; upscale dinners with his new friends; attention from Lauren Hart, the brilliant and beautiful co-clerk he can’t stop thinking about.
But just as Gray begins to adapt to his new life, the FBI approaches him with unsettling news. The Feds think there’s a killer connected to the Supreme Court. And they want Gray to be their eyes and ears inside One First Street. Little does Gray know that the FBI will soon set its sights on him.
Racing against the clock in a world cloaked in secrecy, Gray must uncover the truth before the murderer strikes again in this thrilling high-stakes story of power and revenge by Washington, D.C. lawyer-turned-author Anthony Franze.
“THE OUTSIDER is as authentic and suspenseful as any John Grisham novel—and I like Grisham a lot.” —JAMES PATTERSON, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Crafty and clever! Franze’s insider knowledge of the Supreme Court sets this twisty legal thriller apart. The sympathetic plight of the outsider hero, Grayson Hernandez, will keep you glued to the pages; the explosive plot will leave you breathless.” —LISA GARDNER, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Genre: Legal Thriller
Published by: St. Martin’s Press | Minotaur Books
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 1250071666 (ISBN13: 9781250071668)
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Read an excerpt:
ANTHONY FRANZE is a lawyer in the Appellate and Supreme Court practice of a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm, and a critically acclaimed thriller writer with novels set in the nation’s highest court. Franze has been a commentator on legal and Supreme Court issues for The New Republic, Bloomberg, National Law Journal, and other major media outlets. He is a board member and a Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization.
Franze lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family.
Q & A with Anthony Franze
Writing and Reading:
Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
I think most writers draw from their personal experiences. Whether it’s an article I read in a newspaper or magazine, some unique place I visited, or something one of my kids said, I’m always on the lookout for material. For instance, in my last novel, The Advocate’s Daughter, the main character’s seven-year-old son likes to tell dumb jokes. I stole many from my son. In my new book, The Outsider, the main character is a Supreme Court law clerk, so I tried to have the law clerks discuss real-world cutting-edge legal issues.
Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
I outline the entire story, though a “loose” outline that points me in the right direction, but gives me room to modify as I go. Authors endlessly debate the virtues of outlining versus writing organically by the seat of the pants (the great “plotters versus pantsers” debate). I’m in the whatever-gets-you-in-the-chair-and-writing school of thought.
Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
I write late at night, 3 to 4 nights a week if I can manage it. I don’t wait for “inspiration,” I just get words on the page. I edit on the subway to and from the office, and on more than one occasion I’ve missed my stop because I get so wrapped up in it.
What are you reading now?
I just finished Anatomy of Innocence, an anthology where thriller writers tell the stories of real people who’d spent years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. It’s a really powerful book that shows the personal costs of a flawed justice system.
Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m working on my next book, a domestic thriller. But I’ve learned the hard way, since the story and titles often change, not to talk too much about works in progress until the book is done.
Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast as the main character?
Probably George Clooney since he looks so much like me. (I’m kidding!!)
Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
It’s sad but between my law practice and writing, I don’t have time for much else. I love spending time with my wife and kids.
Spaghetti with meatballs—because it reminds me of my mother. She died right before my first book was published, and I know she would’ve loved seeing my longtime dream come true.
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