Author Richard Isham announces the release of his novel, “The Court’s Expert”

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Veteran litigator pens new legal thriller.

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Rich with the unique cultural landscape of the Central Valley of California, “The Court's Expert” delivers lush descriptions of the pastoral lands while presenting a cinéma vérité-like approach to mystery writing.

The lawyer-turned-novelist storyline may not be a new one, but, in the case of Richard Isham, it is an intriguing one. Isham, a veteran litigator with 47 years experience as a trial lawyer, brings a stark, accurate view of the legal system while spinning a classic did-she-or-didn’t-she murder mystery in his new book, “The Court's Expert” (published by AuthorHouse).

“The plot line includes a realistic look at the legal system which now relies heavily on pre-trial settlement efforts through mediation in an effort to avoid the angst and uncertainty of a jury trial,” he explains.

Isham's legal thriller takes the reader on a journey through the Central Valley of California. A wealthy rancher dies leaving a large estate. His caregiver claims he promised her his mountain home and a handsome allowance if she would stay with him until he died. His heirs are outraged and she is charged with homicide. Two cases, a civil will-contest and a capital murder, proceed toward trial.

Rich with the unique cultural landscape of the Central Valley of California, “The Court's Expert” delivers lush descriptions of the pastoral lands while presenting a cinéma vérité-like approach to mystery writing.

“It carries a degree of realism which is not always found in legal thrillers,” says Isham. “Many readers have commented that they fully identify with the characters portrayed.”

An excerpt of “The Court's Expert”:

     “Malone had reached the pinnacle of the expert's deposition when he would put the classic question to the witness. Yet his stomach was leaping in any direction it could find release. Never before had he ever been in such a difficult position. He had heard the expert tell Corrigan that she did not disagree with anything the other two experts had included in their declarations. He could very well ask further questions and learn that her vote made it three to zero against his client. On the other hand, he had no choice but to take the leap because all of Marti's hopes were riding on this witness and Malone could not report to his client without asking Dr. Borodin the next series of questions. He took a big breath and realized that Corrigan was sitting uncomfortably in his chair now, but paying close attention nonetheless.”

About the Author
Richard Isham is a 1965 graduate of Berkeley Law, veteran litigator and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, who now limits his practice to mediation and arbitration matters. He also teaches para-legal subjects at a local community college. His experience includes a broad scope of civil and criminal matters across a wide range of subjects and cases. A San Diego native and after spending years in Portland, Los Angeles and Alameda-Berkeley, he resides with his wife Laurie and sizable family in Visalia in the Central Valley of California. An avid reader, he makes his first contribution to the legal thriller genre with “The Court's Expert.”

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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