​The thinking man’s John Grisham

In the mood for a good old-fashioned legal thriller? Well, okay then.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Martin Clark was appointed in 1992 as a juvenile and domestic-relations district court judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit, where he currently serves as a circuit court judge for the Virginia counties of Patrick and Henry and the city of Martinsville, Virginia. Judge Clark also writes a little in his free time. His first novel, The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, was a New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and a finalist for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. It also appeared on several bestseller lists and the New York Times Magazine called the book “arguably the funniest legal thriller ever written” and declared Martin to be “the thinking man’s John Grisham.”

Martin’s second novel, Plain Heathen Mischief, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, was chosen as a selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club, and, prior to release, appeared on both Amazon’s and Barnes and Noble’s Top 100. Mischief was nominated for several literary awards.

Martin’s third book, The Legal Limit, was selected by NPR as one of its “Summer Reads” and was featured and excerpted in the July 2008 edition of Reader's Digest. Reviewers stated that The Legal Limit is “the new standard by which other works of legal fiction should be judged” and “the best courtroom story ever.” The New York Times Book Review called it “a novel of ample graces.” With multiple printings to its credit, the book appeared on the SIBA bestseller list for five consecutive weeks and spent 30 straight weeks on Amazon’s legal thriller bestseller list, rising as high as number two.

Forget just one legal thriller. What about three? Recorded Books is excited to announce that we will produce the audiobooks for Martin Clark’s novels The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, Plain Heathen Mischief, and The Jezebel Remedy (“his breakthrough commercial novel … a stunning portrait of a marriage, a gripping courtroom drama, and a relentlessly entertaining, often hilarious, story that is full of inventions, tricks, and remedies of all sorts!”).

RB Trivia: What do John Grisham, Martin Clark and Recorded Books founder Henry Trentman have in common? Their favorite author. But who is it?

(Martin Clark and John Grisham chatting at a
tribute to the late Larry Brown in Oxford, Mississippi.)

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