Joshua Ryan is a down and out lawyer, but one case could give him the comeback of a lifetime.
When Rabbi Carl Rubin’s wife is found strangled, the shockwaves reverberate far beyond tiny Summit County. Rubin, a spiritual advisor with deep ties to the Israeli political scene becomes the chief suspect and he enlists Ryan’s help to clear his name. For Ryan, this case would provide redemption, for the rabbi it could save his life.
From Summit County, New Jersey to the twisting streets of Jerusalem to the boulevards of Paris, the rabbi is chased by his own lawyers as they attempt to evade the clutches of a crooked prosecutor’s rough-riding detectives. In a shocking forensic turnaround, the trial of the rabbi concludes in a blaze of courtroom reality, but is it the redemption they were both looking for?
Based on a true story, God Knows No Heroes is sure to be a favorite. 4.5 star rating on Amazon
Targeted Age Group: 18+
Written by: Norman Shabel
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Brooklyn-born, successful New Jersey class-action attorney turned author Norman Shabel has been driven to write ever since he can remember. By the time he was in his twenties he had written several novels that ended up stuffed in drawers as he launched his legal career, married and had a family. To date Norman has written 7 plays and 8 novels, some written in long-hand, hunched over his desk while waiting for a jury verdict to come in and all dealing with either crime, relatable family dynamics or both. “Courts are inherently dramatic places, and I guess I saw that connection between law and theater before I even realized it,” Norman said recently. His earnest belief is that lawyers need to be good storytellers to engage juries in the “plot” of a case. “You need to hold the interest of a jury if you’re going to win them over, much like the arc of a play or the plot of a novel. If the juror or the reader or audience member gets bored you lose them very quickly. If you don’t capture them in the first 20 minutes you may as well go home – and I never like to lose a case or an audience. ” To date, three of Norman’s plays have been produced off Broadway in NYC, Philadelphia and multiple theaters in South Florida, where he now resides for part of the year. The productions have received wonderful reviews and there are plans underway for the remainder of the plays to be produced within the next two years.
Norman’s novels are mostly “terrific, fast-paced reads about the dark side of law enforcement and the judiciary” according to Judge Andrew P. Napolitano. He writes, as only an experienced trial lawyer can, about the ups and downs of the legal system, maintaining the drama of the story without sacrificing the realities of the of the structure. All of his books can be purchased on Amazon and other digital booksellers. According to Norman, “I’m doing two things that both give my life meaning, I’m a very fortunate man.”
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