Q. Is it true that the fate of Rick (the villain from The Tenth Justice) is actually revealed in the pages of Dead Even?
Only if you look closely. It’s during the conversation between Jared and his secretary, Kathleen. He’s worried about losing the case and the fact that it’s stacked against him, so she’s giving him a pep talk: “It was stacked against you in the Wexler case, and you pulled it out. And the Riley case. And the Shoretz case…” Now, for those who are reading with the Hubble telescope, on the last pages of The Tenth Justice, it’s revealed that “Wexler” is Rick’s real last name. Jared won the Wexler case—which means Jared is the defense attorney who helped Rick walk free.
Q. Is it true that there’s a recurring character hidden in every book?
If you’re talking about Joel Westman, then yes, he’s floating in the background of each of the novels. In The Tenth Justice, he’s one of Ben’s rival clerks on the Court. In Dead Even, he’s Sara and Jared’s upstairs neighbor. In The First Counsel, he lives next door to Michael. Why’s he there? Well, in the web of life, there’re always people who help connect the circles. Joel Westman’s one of those people. He’s a minor character; you’d never notice him unless you were looking; and somehow, he’s part of everyone’s world. He’s in The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Fate too—and when I’m done telling all my stories, I’ll hopefully tell his.
Q. What about Richard Rubin? He’s also a minor character who’s mentioned in every book.
He is. Only a few know why.
Q. Is it true you cried at the end of Wall-E?
My heart is not made of stone.
Q. Is it true that in The Tenth Justice, the Justices of the Supreme Court are named after the characters in Alan Moore’s classic Watchmen?
All except one, who’s named Flam (my wife). Who watches the Watchmen, indeed.
Q. You went to the University of Michigan. Is it true that there’s a Michigan reference in every book?
Some are obvious; some aren’t. Check the character’s T-shirts. You’ll find it.
Q. Are there any other secrets throughout the novels?
If I told you all of them, they wouldn’t be secrets, now would they?
Q. Is it true you once ate fifty eggs?
No, that was Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke.
Q. Is it true you’re email pals with Clint Eastwood?
Not since the Navidad virus. (He’ll pay…oh, he’ll pay…)
Q. Is it true you’ve done brainstorming for the Department of Homeland Security? And did they pick your brain apart like in Clockwork Orange?
Yes to brainstorming. No to needles. It was one of the proudest things I’ve ever done as an author. Full story was in the Washington Post, here.
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