Wednesday, February 6, 2019

10 Confessions from Ken Malovos, Author of Sweet Justice

Ken Malovos has been practicing law in Sacramento for over forty years. He spent twelve years with the Public Defender’s Office and twenty-five years as a business litigator. He now serves full-time as a mediator and arbitrator. He has written three previous Mike Zorich novels and has been recognized by Chanticleer Book Reviews as a First Prize Category Winner in the legal genre of the Mystery and Mayhem competition and as a finalist in the Thriller and Suspense competition.
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1.      My first novel took five years to write. My next novels have taken progressively shorter times to write. Sweet Justice only took one year.
2.      I have written to many possible agents (maybe 60) asking for representation but have struck out, so far.
3.      All four of my four novels were both easy and hard to write. Easy because I love to write but
hard to fit in all of the facts and characters in a consistent and coherent way.
4.      I have discovered some typographical errors in my first three novels, after publication. They are a major source of embarrassment. I cringe when a reader points out an error to me.
5.      All of my characters are an extension of myself, in some manner or form. Woody Allen said this about his writing and I believe it to be true.
6.      I love writing from a female point of view, from time to time, just because it is a challenge.
7.      I am waiting to be discovered by some Hollywood type, who wants to make my story into a movie.
8.      When I am in a true writing “groove,” I will start in the late morning and then casually look at the clock in my room and discover that it is 5 p.m. Time just flies. This has happened many times and I end the day with a deep sense of accomplishment, even if what I wrote is still in need of a lot of editing.
9.      Speaking of which, I am absolutely amazed at the number of “errors” I make in my initial drafts that I catch in editing. Mostly, they are errors of consistency, where I deviate from my story line with some detail and then write a different detail for the same thing, later in the story.
10.  I confess I absolutely love the positive feelings I get from anyone who has read my novels and then gushes to me about how much they loved them.

About the Book:

Author: Ken Malovos
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 461
Genre: Legal Mystery

Judge Robert Tilson is a retired judge now working exclusively as a private mediator and arbitrator. One night he is murdered. The police focus on criminal defendants who appeared before him and past clients. They also are interested in litigants who have appeared before him when he was serving as an arbitrator. But progress is slow and the judge’s daughter, Kathy Lamb, decides to investigate on her own. She makes friends with David Powell, who is quite upset with Judge Tilson for an intended arbitration award that favors his siblings in the division of their parents’ estate. David is acquitted through the efforts of Mike Zorich, trial lawyer. But Kathy finds out that her father had been carrying on an affair with his court clerk for many years and she suspects the clerk’s husband is the one who killed Judge Tilson. She is right.

Meanwhile, Judge Jim Hansen is still dealing with the ordeal of being accused, arrested and charged with murder in the first degree of Alicia Obregon, a woman who had been blackmailing him over an incident in Amboise, France, 30 years ago, when he was accused of raping a fellow student. The jury could not make up their mind and eventually the prosecution decides not to retry him but to dismiss the charges. The other judges in the courthouse shun him. He seeks help with a counselor. He has not been truthful at his trial or with his wife. Further, he threw a case before he became a judge, when he was a deputy district attorney because of the fear of blackmail from Alicia Obregon. Anthony Obregon, Alicia’s husband is then tried for her murder but he is acquitted. It turns out that the husband of the woman who made the charge of rape against Judge Hansen 30 years ago is responsible for Alicia’s murder.

Mike Zorich is in the center of the effort to find the real killers,who are eventually arrested, tried and convicted. Anthony Obregon is the connection between the two cases as he was accused of killing his own wife and he was asked to kill Judge Tilson, but refused to do so. His information and the efforts of Kathy Lamb and Mike Zorich lead to the righteous killers. 


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