One last fanfare from the weary trumpeter who heralds my new releases, with this third release in just over three weeks . . . .
After belatedly admitting to myself that my 2015 nonfiction book, Closest to the Fire: A Writer's Guide to Law and Lawyers, had an unduly limiting and therefore misleading subtitle, and after keeping track for six years of all the updates the book could use (and posting them on the book's website), there is finally an updated and somewhat retitled edition. Closest to the Fire: A Guide to American Law and Lawyers still has plenty of tips and story ideas for authors and aspiring authors, to help them get their legal facts straight and explore the less drearily common legal plots and settings -- but I hope the revised title will now offer a clue of the book's value to law students, other students, visitors to this country, and any Americans who want to better understand the legal landscape in which they live.
As the only slightly overblown back cover copy says: ""The legal landscape can be a minefield. Here's a map."
The book is meant to be consulted in any order the reader chooses, with the Table of Contents and Index as a guide -- but I've been told by readers of the 2015 edition that it makes surprisingly entertaining reading, even starting from the beginning and plowing on through.