Closest to the Fire: A Writer's Guide to Law and Lawyers

Oblique Angles Press
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 Write about the law -- and get it right!The world of law and lawyers, with its suspense, its moral quandaries, and its ripped-from-the-headlines subject matter, provides wonderful material for fiction. This guide will help writers explore these many story possibilities, while avoiding the pitfalls awaiting the unwary. Included throughout the book are ideas for stories or story elements based on the content and available for the readers' use.
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About the author

 Karen A. Wyle is an award-winning appellate attorney with more than thirty years' experience. A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, she worked for law firms and the California Court of Appeal before establishing her solo practice in Bloomington, Indiana. Wyle has filed amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and seven state supreme courts. She has also written and published five novels. One-quarter of her novel Division is set in a near-future courtroom.

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Publisher
Oblique Angles Press
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Published on
Oct 13, 2015
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Pages
656
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ISBN
9780990564157
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Features
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Reference
Law / Alternative Dispute Resolution
Law / Antitrust
Law / Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Law / Civil Procedure
Law / Constitutional
Law / Contracts
Law / Court Rules
Law / Criminal Law / General
Law / Criminal Law / Juvenile Offenders
Law / Criminal Law / Sentencing
Law / Criminal Procedure
Law / Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Law / Evidence
Law / Family Law / General
Law / General
Law / Intellectual Property / General
Law / Judicial Power
Law / Jury
Law / Labor & Employment
Law / Legal Profession
Law / Property
Law / Reference
Law / Witnesses
Reference / Handbooks & Manuals
Reference / Writing Skills
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A powerful, bracing and deeply spiritual look at intensely, troubled youth, Last Chance in Texas gives a stirring account of the way one remarkable prison rehabilitates its inmates.

While reporting on the juvenile court system, journalist John Hubner kept hearing about a facility in Texas that ran the most aggressive–and one of the most successful–treatment programs for violent young offenders in America. How was it possible, he wondered, that a state like Texas, famed for its hardcore attitude toward crime and punishment, could be leading the way in the rehabilitation of violent and troubled youth?

Now Hubner shares the surprising answers he found over months of unprecedented access to the Giddings State School, home to “the worst of the worst”: four hundred teenage lawbreakers convicted of crimes ranging from aggravated assault to murder. Hubner follows two of these youths–a boy and a girl–through harrowing group therapy sessions in which they, along with their fellow inmates, recount their crimes and the abuse they suffered as children. The key moment comes when the young offenders reenact these soul-shattering moments with other group members in cathartic outpourings of suffering and anger that lead, incredibly, to genuine remorse and the beginnings of true empathy . . . the first steps on the long road to redemption.

Cutting through the political platitudes surrounding the controversial issue of juvenile justice, Hubner lays bare the complex ties between abuse and violence. By turns wrenching and uplifting, Last Chance in Texas tells a profoundly moving story about the children who grow up to inflict on others the violence that they themselves have suffered. It is a story of horror and heartbreak, yet ultimately full of hope.
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Karen A. Wyle
 Death is what you make it. . . . 


Eleanor never wanted to leave the daughter she loved so much. The overpowering urge to wander -- to search, without knowing what she sought -- drove her away. She left little Cassidy in her family's loving care. But Cassidy and the others died in an accident before Eleanor could find her way home. 

Now, they are all reunited, in an afterlife where nothing is truly lost. Places once loved may be revisited, memories relived and even shared. One may be any age suitable to the mood and moment. Surely this is a place where Eleanor and her family can understand and heal. But some of the memories haunting Eleanor are of dreams she had tried to forget. 

Somehow, she must solve the mystery of her life -- or none of them will be at peace. 

"Wyle should be proud of the opening scene of this book as it showcases . . . her descriptive powers . . . I love the way the concept of an afterlife is made real in Karen’s book, and the way the various characters inter-relate, re-live moments and re-visit places in their history. . . . Wander Home acts acts like a large, soft comfort blanket. But don’t get too comfortable. It is a barbed comfort blanket, charged with emotion. An excellent read, which I heartily recommend." -- The Indie Tribe 

"A story about the consequences of the choices we make, and the difficulty even we can have in understanding – and living with – the reach of those consequences. Wyle’s . . . vision of the afterlife . . . is one of the loveliest. . . . 
Wyle has a lovely way with language, weaving characters and setting together into a seamless tapestry . . . . A beautiful story, well-written and smoothly paced with characters you can’t help but fall in love with." All Things Jill-Elizabeth 

"The plot is well paced and opens the imagination of the readers. The afterlife that Wyle creates is brimming with memories, places to visit, and amazing people to meet. It's written in such a way that it is truly life after death. . . . Wander Home is a magical story that delves to the depths of the human psyche and is definitely recommended." The Coffee Pot

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