Critics Rave over Act Normal, William Manchee's New Cross-Genre Courtroom Thriller

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Top Publications proudly announces the release of lawyer turned author William Manchee's 12th novel, Act Normal. As the novel was being released it was one of the featured titles in an article entitled Hot Crime Trends in the September 1st issue of Library Journal. In the article Jo Ann Vicarel said, “Taking the lead this month are cross-genre books that blend elements of mystery with other fictional genres. William Manchee writes legal thrillers with a science fiction twist; his attorney, Stan Turner (Act Normal), must not only handle a legal case but also cope with aliens who interfere with life on Earth ... Readers who like to mix their legal thrillers with a bit of science fiction will enjoy Manchee's (Cactus Island) latest Stan Turner mystery, in which the Dallas attorney, grief-stricken by the kidnapping of his son by aliens, is asked by the CIA to defend a woman accused of killing her husband and children.”

... a fascinating science fiction legal thriller ... the audience is immersed in a legal procedural in a world somewhat similar to ours, but with a radical ET difference.

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Top Publications announced today the release of Act Normal, A Stan Turner Mystery. William Manchee's novel is already creating a buzz among book critics, who hail it as his best yet and call it "fascinating." To promote his new book, Manchee kicked off a 25 event Barnes & Noble book tour on Saturday in Plano, Texas. The tour will continue on through November and include events in Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, Midland, Amarillo, St. Louis, Denver, Tulsa and Kansas City.

In this 8th episode of the Stan Turner Mystery series, Stan Turner and the law firm of Turner and Waters have more than just one murder trial on their hands. First, Stan is recruited by the CIA to defend Charlotte Wenzel, a young mother accused of murdering her alien husband and three young children. The alien, however, isn't from Mexico but from another planet, called Tarizon. The ruthless prosecutor assigned to the homicide has the CIA worried that the government's ultra top secret treaty with Tarizon may be comprised. A revelation of the treaty would be catastrophic since the government has denied the existence of aliens and under the treaty children are being allowed to be adducted and sent to Tarizon in exchange for advanced technology.

While Stan is busy defending Wenzel, Paula Waters, Stan's Partner, is retained by Walter Stanley, the chief suspect in a murder of a prominent scientist and his family. While it appears the murder of the brilliant scientist Chester Brown was the result of a long standing feud between neighbors, Paula discovers a rival company that stands to gain millions by Chester Brown's death.

In the midst of the two murder investigations Stan is lured into a dangerous relationship with an alien woman assigned to keep an eye on him. Only after it is too late does he realize she has a hidden agenda.

Critics love Act Normal, lauding the new novel as the best in the series and the finest novel of Manchee's career.

Harriet Klausner, the world's most prolific reviewer called it "... a fascinating science fiction legal thriller ... the audience is immersed in a legal procedural in a world somewhat similar to ours, but with a radical ET difference." (For full review go to

Molly Martin of the Midwest Book Review gave the novel five stars, saying, "This may be the best of the Stan Turner Mysteries ... author Manchee's writing just continues to get better and better."

In Reader Views, Stephanie Rollins also gives the book five stars. "'Act Normal', by William Manchee, starts out with 'there was nothing normal in my life anymore, not since my son Peter had been abducted by aliens from a planet called Tarizon.' Normally, I would have put the book down then; however, the reviews were good, so I read on. I am glad that I did. It is much more relaxing to read than a John Grisham novel, but it is just as exciting."

William Manchee is an attorney who practices law in Dallas with his son Jim. Originally from Southern California, he lives now in Plano, Texas with his wife Janet of some 40 years. Manchee first discovered his passion for writing in 1995 when he wrote Twice Tempted. He vowed then to write a novel every year for the rest of his life. So far he is on schedule as Act Normal, Volume 8 of the Stan Turner Mystery Series is his twelfth published novel. The series is inspired by many actual cases in which Manchee has been involved over the years. His other works include Death Pact, Plastic Gods, and a nonfiction book called Yes, We're Open, Defending the Small Business under Siege, which has been published in eight foreign countries as well as the United States.

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Act Normal, a Stan Turner Mystery, William Manchee, Volume 8, ISBN 1-929976-40-2 * Trade Paperback * Top Publications, Ltd.* 364 Pages * $14.95, Release Date: September 1, 2007


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