Author Archives: Douglas Corleone

Who Needs Heroes?

It took several years of practicing criminal law in New York City for me to realize I never really wanted to be a lawyer—I wanted to be a protagonist in a legal thriller. I grew up in the late ’80s and early ’90s, reading the novels of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and John Lescroart. I second-seated Steve Martini’s main character, defense lawyer Paul Madriani, during every criminal trial. I walked the mean streets of Philly with William Lashner’s sea-breeze-drinking attorney Victor Carl. There was a Continue reading →

Arguing Both Sides of a Case:The Challenges of Constructing a Legal Thriller

A few years ago, I left the practice of law because I found the profession too stressful. I left the dark streets of New York for the bright sands of Hawaii, intent on taking life easy. I was determined, as many are, to make a career of my favorite hobby – writing. But what to write? Well, I realized it was the novels of authors like John Grisham, Scott Turow, and Steve Martini that led me to law school in the first place. I’d studied Continue reading →

The Flawed Hero

As both a reader and writer of crime fiction, I have developed some strong opinions about what I like and dislike.  One aspect of crime fiction I’ve found I can’t do without is a flawed protagonist.  He or she doesn’t necessarily need to be an anti-hero, of course.  But when I sit back and open a book, I don’t hope to find a sparkling, stout-hearted day-saver who can do no wrong.  I like my protagonists a bit dark, somewhat world-weary.  I want to see the Continue reading →