December 17, 2019

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has been a fixture in the American consciousness for decades, praised for its examination of racial injustice. But today, it is not the only significant American novel about racial injustice, nor is it the only book part of students’ required reading.

In recent years, school educators have been selecting more contemporary novels that tackle the multitude of ways racism affects different margin...

November 12, 2019

The writers of Spotlight and Orange Is the New Black aren’t the only ones who pull their stories from real-world events.

Many novelists tap into headline news with real crime drama and shocking revelations. Many of these stories are disturbing, based on murders, child abuse, immigration deportation, gun violence, kidnappings, and affairs. These novels are often layered with an author’s own experiences and a fresh...

November 6, 2019

What is a faction novel?

Books in the faction genre are a type of historical novel rooted in fact, woven together with fictitious elements and using storyline techniques of fiction.

Faction novels, like the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series, are often ripped from the headlines. Their purpose is to ultimately give the reader a deeper understanding of the times and those involved, as well as a aspects of the events outside of th...

August 13, 2019

Father Dennis Riter of the Buffalo, New York Diocese is among many priests named as abuses over the last several years. So, how did he get reinstated with three allegations of sexual abuse and a failed polygraph?

Such cases and cover-ups by the Church have existed for decades. In fact, I faced significant roadblocks in the early 1980s in my pursuit of justice for clergy abused victims due to a conspiracy of silence within the C...

July 29, 2019

“But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal . . Our courts have their faults as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

I’ve read the novel countless times. I plan to see the play when I next visit New York. Set in the Deep South during the 1930s, To Kill a Mockingbird is a s...

July 29, 2019

Robert Mueller testified, under oath, July 24, 2019, before two congressional committees. His report and his testimony presented a dramatic and narrative about how Russia interfered with our 2016 election and how Trump’s campaign welcomed and benefited from that interference.

For a summary of the findings, click here.

With our very democracy at stake, what did POTUS do?

July 24, 2019—a sad day for America.

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