Debut Novelist Tackles Housing Justice

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In The Tenant Lawyer, author Eric Dinnocenzo gives a compulsively readable portrait of a young legal services lawyer who combats evictions and government corruption on behalf of his impoverished clients.

Debut author Eric Dinnocenzo has published The Tenant Lawyer, a timely novel after the 2008 financial crisis, that probes issues of law and justice in the Worcester, Mass. Housing Court, where families regularly face the threat of homelessness.

Calling it “[a] notable debut that infuses an engrossing legal procedural with deep empathy,” Kirkus Reviews gave it a “star” review for “books of remarkable merit,” observing that it “ventures into John Grisham territory—a callow, idealistic lawyer battles the establishment—but with less histrionics and more social insight.”

Mark Langley is a 32-year-old legal services attorney who finds himself back in his blue-collar hometown of Worcester, Mass. after an attack of conscience while defending a sex harassment case causes him to get fired from an elite Boston law firm. Mark takes up the cause of a single mother who is being evicted from public housing because her 19-year-old son, who she never took off the lease, was arrested in a drug deal off the premises. If she loses, she will have to return to Puerto Rico with her other son, a high school senior, who will lose a college scholarship.

Simultaneously, Mark joins together with community leaders to fight against the misuse of federal funds intended for the poor by city officials. This brings him head-to-head against the power brokers at his old firm.

The Tenant Lawyer combines the legal thriller genre with character-driven fiction, showing Mark’s personal transformation as he sorts out his alienation from his hometown and struggles to save his foundering long-term relationship with his girlfriend, Sara.

A former legal services attorney, Dinnocenzo has crafted an impressive debut that gives an insider’s view of the lower rungs of the justice system. It also combines empathy, off-beat humor, and engrossing legal strategy as Mark tries to outmaneuver his more powerful adversaries and get justice for his clients.

The Tenant Lawyer is available online at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com (for $16.95 and under softcover / $3.19 and under e-book).

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