SWEET JUSTICE by Ken Malovos, Legal Thriller, 461 pp., $12.95 (paperback) $3.99 (Kindle)
Author: Ken Malovos
Genre: Legal Mystery
private mediator and arbitrator. One night he is murdered. The police
focus on criminal defendants who appeared before him and past clients.
They also are interested in litigants who have appeared before him when
he was serving as an arbitrator. But progress is slow and the judge’s
daughter, Kathy Lamb, decides to investigate on her own. She makes
friends with David Powell, who is quite upset with Judge Tilson for an
intended arbitration award that favors his siblings in the division of
their parents’ estate. David is acquitted through the efforts of Mike
Zorich, trial lawyer. But Kathy finds out that her father had been
carrying on an affair with his court clerk for many years and she
suspects the clerk’s husband is the one who killed Judge Tilson. She is
right.Meanwhile, Judge Jim Hansen is still dealing with the ordeal of being
accused, arrested and charged with murder in the first degree of Alicia
Obregon, a woman who had been blackmailing him over an incident in
Amboise, France, 30 years ago, when he was accused of raping a fellow
student. The jury could not make up their mind and eventually the
prosecution decides not to retry him but to dismiss the charges. The
other judges in the courthouse shun him. He seeks help with a counselor.
He has not been truthful at his trial or with his wife. Further, he
threw a case before he became a judge, when he was a deputy district
attorney because of the fear of blackmail from Alicia Obregon. Anthony
Obregon, Alicia’s husband is then tried for her murder but he is
acquitted. It turns out that the husband of the woman who made the
charge of rape against Judge Hansen 30 years ago is responsible for
Mike Zorich is in the center of the effort to find the real
killers,who are eventually arrested, tried and convicted. Anthony
Obregon is the connection between the two cases as he was accused of
killing his own wife and he was asked to kill Judge Tilson, but refused
to do so. His information and the efforts of Kathy Lamb and Mike Zorich
lead to the righteous killers.
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What initially got you interested in writing?
I have always enjoyed writing. I did much better in writing examinations than multiple choice or true/false questions in high school and college. I am a lawyer and I write a lot for a living.
What genres do you write in?
I only write in the legal suspense/mystery genre.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I am a lawyer and have experience in both the criminal and civil law areas, so the legal genre came easily to me.
How did you break into the field?
I just started writing. It took me five years to write my first novel, Contempt of Court. After that the writing came easier and the novels came out quicker.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I hope they are happy and take away the joy of reading a good plot, a page turner. Maybe they have learned something about the legal profession or about human nature, that they did not know before.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
The joy of sitting back and seeing the written word on paper. There is nothing as satisfying has a good day of writing. Time seems to fly by when I am in the writing “groove.”
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Finding the time to write in consecutive days. I work as an arbitrator and mediator, so my schedule does not always allow me to write on consecutive days. I tend to not remember some details, when I have been away from my manuscript for a long time. This means a lot of extra editing.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Just write. There is no substitute for writing. You don’t have to have a plan or a complete outline. In fact you don’t need an outline at all. Just write about something, anything, that interests you. Then ask for honest feedback from people you trust. Try to improve. A short story is a good place to start.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Mostly legal suspense and thrillers, of course. I am inspired by several authors in this genre and I love the subject matter.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Not much. As I mentioned above, I work as a mediator and arbitrator. So I spend a great deal of time trying to resolve cases before they go to court. In my earlier legal life, I was a trial lawyer, so it is rewarding to use my experience to help others resolve disputes short of trial.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
I have two websites, malovoslaw.com and kenmalovos.com that show my books. I talk about writing at both sites. Of course, any reader can always reach me by email. I love responding to readers.
years. He spent twelve years with the Public Defender’s Office and
twenty-five years as a business litigator. He now serves full-time as a
mediator and arbitrator. He has written three previous Mike Zorich
novels and has been recognized by Chanticleer Book Reviews as a First
Prize Category Winner in the legal genre of the Mystery and Mayhem
competition and as a finalist in the Thriller and Suspense competition.You can visit Ken’s website at https://kenmalovos.com/.