A conservative female candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court has a deep, dark secret that could derail her nomination.
An attorney who helps a client die must fend off the mob and the FBI, both of which want to know the client’s final instructions.
Those are examples of premises–the pithy, central ideas behind great legal novels, says Lisa Scottoline. She ought to know. Scottoline, a fast-talking former practitioner from Philadelphia, is the author of 10 legal thrillers, including several New York Times best sellers.
“When people ask where I learned to write, I say law school,” she says. Writing a novel, says Scottoline, is like prepping for a trial: Discovery is the research, and from there the lawyer develops the story that she is going to tell the jury–or the reader.