Doug Corleone – Last Lawyer Standing

Don’t get excited; that was neither a mean joke nor a promise of a non-litigious future. LAST LAWYER STANDING is the title of Douglas Corleone’s latest — and last — Kevin Corvelli legal thriller.

Douglas has honored me with a guest post on how he feels about the end of this series as he moves on to a new one.

Take it away, Doug!

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The release of Last Lawyer Standing has been a bittersweet experience for me. This is the third and final book in the Kevin Corvelli series of legal thrillers published by Minotaur Books. In the Spring, Minotaur will release Good as Gone, the first book in a new series of international thrillers featuring a former U.S. Marshal named Simon Fisk, who now specializes in retrieving kidnap victims overseas. While I couldn’t be more excited to start a new chapter in my career, closing the first chapter is more difficult than I ever imagined it would be.

The Kevin Corvelli series began when my debut novel One Man’s Paradise won the 2009 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. In the novel, a hotshot criminal defense attorney named Kevin Corvelli flees New York City for Honolulu after blowing a sensational case that ultimately cost a client his life. Although Kevin intends to keep a low profile in Hawaii – to take on petty violations and traffic tickets – Kevin soon finds himself again in the national spotlight, representing a young law student accused of killing his beautiful ex-girlfriend on Oahu’s world-famous Waikiki Beach.

One Man’s Paradise went on to be nominated for the 2010 Shamus Award for Best First Novel. The entire experience was all the more incredible for me, because Kevin Corvelli’s life at the time very much mirrored my own. Prior to becoming a writer in Hawaii, I too was practicing criminal law in New York City. And although I left New York and the law for very different reasons, I faced many of the challenges Kevin faced after moving from the Empire State to the Aloha State. During the writing of One Man’s Paradise and its sequel Night on Fire, I fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands and the people who populate them. Having a genuine paradise as my setting for a series of crime novels created unique challenges but also made the research feel a lot less like work and a lot more like play.

In Last Lawyer Standing, Kevin takes on two of the toughest cases of his legal career. In one case, Kevin represents Hawaii’s governor who is suspected of killing his pregnant mistress, which again places Kevin square in the national spotlight. In the second, Kevin must risk everything to defend the career criminal who once saved Kevin’s life. By the third and final novel, Kevin is understandably world-weary, and he must make several key decisions that will affect the rest of his life. Last Lawyer Standing provides the reader a definite feeling of closure for the Kevin Corvelli series. The book also represents closure for its author. The release of Last Lawyer Standing brings to a close a crucial chapter in my own life, one that gave me the opportunity to leave the law and to begin writing full-time. For that, I will always be grateful to Kevin Corvelli and to the people at Minotaur Books who helped me bring him to life.   

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Full-time writer in Hawaii. Tough life.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write the paragraph wherein a character either ends one part of life to begin another, or first solidly realized that the change must happen or is happening.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Doug Corleone – Last Lawyer Standing

  1. Jake

    August 27, 2012 at 12:44pm

    This sounds like a great read! I have been dreaming of moving to the islands for quite some time, and I am always game for a great legal thriller. Thanks for the cliff notes, aloha!

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      Marian Allen

      August 27, 2012 at 2:06pm

      Thanks for dropping by, Jake. I got hooked on legal thrillers back in the Perry Mason days (the books were a lot more thrilling than the TV show!). 🙂

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  2. John

    September 20, 2012 at 5:46pm

    @Marian Allen
    I always liked the Perry Mason and Matlock TV shows when I was a kid. They definitely got me hooked on legal thrillers. And the book takes place in Hawaii, the state where we all want to live and work. I’ll be sure to give it a read.

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      Marian Allen

      September 20, 2012 at 9:29pm

      @John — I loved Perry Mason, but I never liked Matlock. Matlock was too snotty. I ought to try them again, though; I usually like snotty.

      Yeah, the setting is a selling point for me, too. 🙂

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