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up in New York City and Levittown, New York. In 1965, I graduated from The
American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor's Degree in Government.
From 1965 to 1967, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. In
1970, I graduated from New York University School of Law. During my last two
years in law school I went at night and worked my way through by teaching junior
high school in the South Bronx in New York City. My first job after law school
was a clerkship with Herbert M. Schwab, the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of
Appeals. From 1972 until 1996, I was in private practice in Portland, Oregon,
specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. As an
appellate attorney I have appeared before the United States Supreme Court, the
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Oregon Supreme Court
and the Oregon Court of Appeals. As a trial attorney, I handled all sorts of
criminal cases in state and federal court and I have represented approximately
30 people charged with homicide, including several who have faced the death
penalty. I was the first Oregon attorney to use the Battered Women's Syndrome to
defend a battered woman accused of murdering her spouse.
Since 1996, I have been writing full-time. All twelve of my novels have been New
York Times bestsellers. Heartstone, my first novel, was nominated for an Edgar
for best original paperback mystery of 1978 by the Mystery Writers of America.
My second novel, The Last Innocent Man, was made into an HBO movie. Gone, But
Not Forgotten has been sold to more than 25 foreign publishers and debuted as a
miniseries in 2004. After Dark, The Burning Man, The Undertaker's Widow, Wild
Justice, The Associate, Ties That Bind and Sleeping Beauty were also New York
Times bestsellers and selections or main selections of the major book clubs.
In addition to my novels, I have published short stories and non-fiction
articles in magazines and law journals. My short story, The Jailhouse Lawyer ,
was selected for the anthology 1999, The Best American Mystery Stories.
Since 1996, I've been the President and Chairman of the Board of Chess for
Success, a non-profit charity that uses chess to teach study skills to
elementary and middle school children in Title I schools.
I have been happily married to Doreen Margolin since 1968 and have two terrific
children, Ami and Daniel.
Addendum: Doreen passed away on January 8th, 2007.
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