It’s 1970, and America has a dirty secret.
The author of ZigZag—“one of the boldest and most original first novels to appear in a long time” (Carl Hiaasen)—reinvents the legal drama popularized by Michael Connelly, John Grisham, and Scott Turow.
Human beings are being warehoused in substandard nursing homes, neglected and left to die under suspicious circumstances. But this is Phoenix in the 1970s, and no one seems to know about it, much less care. Rookie lawyer Connor J. Devlin discovers this secret world when he meets One-Armed Lucky, a Vietnam vet and bail bondsman with an uncanny knowledge of the law. Lucky refers Devlin’s new client, a heartbroken but tenacious woman who’s convinced that neglectful nursing home care killed her mother Ann, a greyhound-racing devotee and Lucky’s best friend.
But Devlin has a big problem. Taking on a nursing home for wrongful death in the 1970s—one backed by a corporation owned by a hardnosed Texas industrialist—will be almost impossible. Almost.
In this "briskly told and well-drawn" (Kirkus Reviews) legal drama, Landon J. Napoleon offers all the thrills of John Grisham and other masters of the genre, while proving that "legal procedure can provide as much action, suspense, and whodunit excitement as any shootout or car chase."
“Briskly told and well-drawn… this legal thriller does what many courtroom-based novels and television shows do not: It stays true to the actual practice of trial law… A fast-paced tale of justice in action and a remarkably accurate portrait of a trial lawyer’s daily grind… Prospective law students are frequently encouraged to read law-student memoirs or legal hornbooks, but for a realistic view of litigation and a great deal more action, they’d do well to add this legal thriller to their reading list.” —Kirkus Reviews
“One of the most compelling and entertaining books I have ever read on the strategy and gamesmanship of the legal process.” —Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods
PRAISE FOR LANDON J. NAPOLEON'S DEBUT NOVEL, ZIGZAG:
“One of the boldest and most original first novels to appear in a long time. It’s also very funny, in a way that only the raw street-song of truth can be funny.” —Carl Hiaasen
“A remarkable debut portraying the inner life of a disturbed ghetto teenager as he attempts to grow up in the frightening world he’s inherited… An unaffected, moving, astonishing insight into the heart of a troubled, silent genius.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“… this mixture of comic adventure and paean to the values of volunteerism is a vivid read. An impressive debut novel…” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Landon J. Napoleon conveys the strength of the human spirit through his wonderful creation, and in the process tells an engaging and enriching story.” —Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers
“… an adventure that has all the tragic-comic energy of a latter-day The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Like Twain’s classic, this novel excels at adolescent monologue.” —Arena Magazine, United Kingdom
“… an affecting tale of the triumph of hope over desperate circumstances… a modern day Of Mice And Men.” —The Times, United Kingdom
“Weird, funky, and offbeat… Deep Wicked Freaky is a harrowing, hysterical, and ultimately life-affirming romp through America’s dark and desperate underbelly. Landon J. Napoleon’s prose is gritty, jagged and full of passion.” —David S. Goyer