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V.S. Kemanis

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V.S. Kemanis has had an exciting and varied career in the law and the arts. As an attorney, she has been a criminal prosecutor for county and state agencies, argued criminal appeals for the prosecution and defense, conducted complex civil litigation, and worked for appellate judges and courts, most recently as a supervising editor of appellate decisions. Ms. Kemanis is also an accomplished dancer of classical ballet, modern jazz, and contemporary styles, and has performed, taught and choreographed in California, Colorado and New York.

Short fiction by Ms. Kemanis has been published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Crooked Road Volume 3, and several noted literary journals. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America. Her award-w
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The Dana Hargrove Legal Mysteries Collection by V.S. Kemanis Most of the "legal research" for my Dana Hargrove novels is already in my head from my legal career in criminal justice and the court system. For writers who want to add authentic police procedure and courtroom scenes to their fiction, I'm offering writing tips and research sources in a series of articles on the Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter blog. Today, you'll find the first of... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on August 06, 2018 12:12 • 7 views • Tags: courtroom-drama, crime-fiction, lawyers, police-procedure, writing-tips
Average rating: 4.19 · 154 ratings · 104 reviews · 13 distinct worksSimilar authors
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Deep Zero

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message 4: by Jenny

Jenny VS, thanks so much for noticing the Killer Nashville nom. I'm sorry I didn't see this till now!


message 3: by Jenny

Jenny VS, thanks so much for noticing the Killer Nashville nom. I'm sorry I didn't see this till now!


message 2: by V.S.

V.S. Kemanis Jill wrote: "Great to meet you V.S., and thank you for your friendship here on GRs. We seem to have gone along the same journey with sociology, the legal profession and the ballet. Amazing!"

Thanks, Jill! Interesting that I've met several lawyers in ballet class--must be all that discipline!


message 1: by Jill

Jill Great to meet you V.S., and thank you for your friendship here on GRs. We seem to have gone along the same journey with sociology, the legal profession and the ballet. Amazing!


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