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Entertainment Weekly called Martin Clark “hands down, our finest legal-thriller writer.” The New York Times stated that he is “the thinking man’s John Grisham.” The Winston-Salem Journal declared that he has set “the new standard by which other works of legal fiction should be judged,” and David Baldacci praised him as “a truly original writer.” A retired circuit court judge from Patrick County, Virginia, Martin is a cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College and attended law school at the University of Virginia. When he was appointed to the bench in 1992 at age thirty-two, he became one of the youngest judges in the history of the commonwealth. His novels have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and the audio version of The ...more

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Martin Clark Chasity--Good morning. It's definitely not my place--or good form--to in any fashion rate people or characters. Ralph Clay and Hazel Clark raised us d…moreChasity--Good morning. It's definitely not my place--or good form--to in any fashion rate people or characters. Ralph Clay and Hazel Clark raised us different than that. I'd like to think that all of my TSO characters--except the obvious villains--are beautiful in some way or another. Especially Nelson. And thanks again for coming out to visit at Parnassus. I very much appreciated your thoughts on the jailbird riff--indeed, something a little less optimistic than my norm. Big cheers to you--MFC(less)
Martin Clark Thanks for the note, Carol. Much appreciated. I’d say THE LEGAL LIMIT might hit your fancy. At the risk of not selling a book, I doubt you’d care for …moreThanks for the note, Carol. Much appreciated. I’d say THE LEGAL LIMIT might hit your fancy. At the risk of not selling a book, I doubt you’d care for MANY ASPECTS, given your other reading interests—it’s very hit or miss with folks, who either love it or hate it, and it’s not Lee Child or the very-talented Steinhauer. This might seem like an odd suggestion, but one of my favorite “legal” books is Mr. Tom Wolfe’s BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES. Of course, it’s much more than a thriller. It’s full of insight and satire, but he sure gets the justice system down pat. Again, thanks for the note and kind words. Best—MFC(less)
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“When you really want something, when you lust, seek, desire, await, anticipate or expect, when you sit in front of the TV after the late news twirling a plastic spoon in a bowl of lukewarm skim milk and saturated puffs of Special K, praying for nine or so hours to pass so that you can check the morning mail to see if the college accepted, the one-night stand wrote, the tax refund arrived or Publisher's Clearing House made you the winner of a dream house in Wisconsin, when you're really looking forward to something, that's when Fortuna dispatches a couple of her handmaidens to drop a load of shit on you.”
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“(Mason) took a swig of his drink and shuddered. 'Whoa - little too strong there bartender.' He scrunched his face. 'Oh shit, I am the bartender.”
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message 11: by Sandra

Sandra Hi Martin,
Thanks for the friend-invite! :)


message 10: by Colton

Colton Freelove Martin,

Thank you for your friendship on GR!

Regards,

Colton


Ivonne Rovira Thank you for the Friend's request.

Cheers, Ivonne


Martin Clark Carolyn wrote: "Good to meet you Martin. Thanks for your friend request. Your books sound great and have added to my want-to-read list. Hope you're staying safe and sane in these difficult times."

Great line in your review: "If I'm ever murdered, I want [Kim Stone] assigned to my case." Thanks for the note. And I hope you, too, are safe and healthy. Best--Martin Clark


Carolyn Good to meet you Martin. Thanks for your friend request. Your books sound great and have added to my want-to-read list. Hope you're staying safe and sane in these difficult times.


Martin Clark Carol wrote: "Martin, thank you very much for the friendship invite. Sounds like you have a fun career building. Hope things continue in a fun direction for you. Congratulations on your building and developing i..."

Carol: Thanks for taking the time to send a note. Much appreciated. I loved the Grisham quote on your page; I'd never seen it before: "Don't compromise yourself, you're all you've got." Cheers from Virginia--Martin


message 5: by Carol

Carol  Jones-Campbell Martin, thank you very much for the friendship invite. Sounds like you have a fun career building. Hope things continue in a fun direction for you. Congratulations on your building and developing in this fun way for you. Happy Reading and Best wishes for you!!!
Carol


Martin Clark Majenta wrote: "Hello, Martin! Thank you for contacting me! Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!
Best wishes from Majenta"


Thanks and cheers to you as well.


Majenta Hello, Martin! Thank you for contacting me! Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!
Best wishes from Majenta


Martin Clark Mackey wrote: "Thank you for the friendship Martin. Your books actually do sound very appealing to me and their reviews are marvelous. Great job! The legal genre once was all that I read back in my poli-sci days;..."

Mackey: Thanks for my first message. Took a bit, but I found it. Please remind me in July if I forget, and if you're of a mind to read it, I'll send you the new one...or have Knopf get a copy to you. That would be great, and show the folks in Gotham that I'm not just wandering around on here, wasting time, cutting my own trails, and only making friends with bourbon drinkers, fellow anglers, dog owners, Larry Brown fans and people who like Miss Welty. Cheers--MFC


Mackey Thank you for the friendship Martin. Your books actually do sound very appealing to me and their reviews are marvelous. Great job! The legal genre once was all that I read back in my poli-sci days; I've just spread out into publisher's requests over the past year. It brings different flavors to my bookshelves.

Mackey St.


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