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Martin Clark (Photo by Deana Clark)

Martin Clark (Photo by Deana Clark)

Sunday with Friends literary series continues

June 1, 2016

The annual Sunday with Friends literary series at the Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, Virginia, concludes with a talk from Martin Clark June 12 at 3 p.m. This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 7. It will be preceded at 2:30 p.m. by the annual meeting of the Friends of the Washington County Public Library.

Clark, a circuit court judge from Patrick County, Virginia, is being called the greatest contemporary writer of legal thrillers. In "The Jezebel Remedy," when a client dies in a fire, the small town lawyers Lisa and Joe Stone suspect the blaze was no accident. That leads them to a corporate conspiracy and some tough ethical choices. The book rose to number three on Barnes and Noble's Top 100 Books. It is one of the five nominees for The Library of Virginia's People's Choice Award for fiction.

In reviewing "The Jezebel Remedy," Entertainment Weekly said, "Clark is, hands-down, our finest legal thriller writer." Nelson DeMille says that Clark is "completely original and vastly entertaining. He knows how to write and spin a great yarn. I nominate "The Jezabel Remedy' for best-plotted and quirkiest legal thriller of the year."

Clark's first book, "The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living," was published in 2000 and was a New York Times Notable Book for 2000, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and a finalist for The Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. His second novel, "Plain Heathen Mischief," was released in 2004. His third novel, "The Legal Limit," released in April 2008, was a Washington Post "Best Book of the Year" for 2008, and the winner of The Library of Virginia's People's Choice Award for fiction.

Martin Clark is a Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College and a 1984 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. In 1992 he was appointed as a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge for the Twenty-first Judicial Circuit and serves as a circuit court judge for the Virginia counties of Patrick and Henry and the city of Martinsville, Virginia, He is a member of Trout Unlimited and an avid fly fisherman. He lives in Stuart, Virginia, with his wife Deana.

The "Sunday with Friends" literary series is sponsored by the Friends of the Washington County Public Library. All events are free and open to the public. There will be a reception as well as book sales and signings after the event. For more information call 276-676-6298 or visit www.wcpl.net.