Award-Winning Television Writer Jonathan Shapiro Pens his First Novel Release by Ankerwycke

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Writer and producer of some of television’s most iconic shows, including “Boston Legal” and “The Practice”, writes a new legal thriller, “Deadly Force: A Lizzie Scott Novel”.

Deadly Force

Jonathan Shapiro is a former federal prosecutor who indicted and convicted cops for using excessive force against innocent suspects. “Deadly Force: A Lizzie Scott Novel”, to be published in February 2016 by Ankerwycke, is the ultimate insider’s look into the nuts and bolts of a federal civil rights prosecution, the story of a shooting, as timely as it is powerful. Shapiro has spent the past 15 years writing and producing some of television’s most iconic shows, including “The Practice”, and “Boston Legal”. He has received an Emmy, a Peabody, and multiple Humanitas Awards. Shapiro, along with Emmy-award winning David E. Kelley, is one of the creators, writers and executive producers of “Trial”, an Amazon legal thriller starring Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt, set to air in 2016. He is formerly of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis, Los Angeles, where he specialized in entertainment law litigation. “Deadly Force” is his first novel.

In this exciting legal thriller, you will meet Lizzie Scott, federal prosecutor, whose obsession with protecting the weak is matched only by her hatred of bullies, especially when they wear a badge. Set in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, Santa Ana Branch Office, “Deadly Force” is the first in a trilogy of books about Lizzie Scott and her battles to tame the Inland Empire, the West’s wild frontier.

Editor’s note: Advance reader copies and author interviews are available by emailing Jill Nuppenau at jill.nuppenau(at)americanbar(dot)org If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Jill Nuppenau, c/o ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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