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called Martin Clark "hands down, our finest legal-thriller writer."TheNew York Times stated that he is "the thinking man's John Grisham." The Winston-Salem Journal declared that he has set "the new standard by which other works of legal fiction should be judged," and David Baldacci praised him as "a truly original writer." A retired circuit court judge from Patrick County, Virginia, Martin is a cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College and attended law school at the University of Virginia. When he was appointed to the bench in 1992 at age thirty-two, he became one of the youngest judges in the history of the commonwealth.His novels have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and the audio version of The Substitution Orderwas a number one national bestseller. Additionally, his novels have been chosen as a New York TimesNotable Book, a NewYorkTimes Editors' Choice, a Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year, a Bookmarks Magazine Best Book of the Year, a Boston GlobeBest Book of the Year, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, a finalist for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award, and the winner of the Library of Virginia's People's Choice Award in 2009, 2016 and 2020. Martin received the Patrick County Outstanding Community Service Award in 2016 and the Virginia State Bar's Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award in 2018. He and his wife, Deana, live on a farm with dogs, cats, chickens and three donkeys.


PRAISE FOR THE PLINKO BOUNCE"Terrific. Clark brings an insider's knowledge of the intricacies of the courtroom and an evenhanded, unflashy authority to his writing."
—The New York Times"Martin Clark injects life into a topsy-turvy murder case in rural Virginia as only he can in this propulsive tour de force, which had me riveted from beginning to end."
—Beth Macy, author of Dopesick and Raising Lazarus    "What I love about the novels of Martin Clark is how smart they are — about the law, of course: The Plinko Bounce is a legal thriller, after all.  But he’s just as smart about people, their attachments and losses, and what drives us to assume our roles in the murky moral mess that’s life."—Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish and This Isn’t Going to End Well
"The Plinko Bounce is jam-packed with crime, murder, old wounds, new thrills, disillusionment and the mayhem that ensues when dumb mistakes are made by well-meaning people. What a gift to readers on Judge Clark's 23rd anniversary in literary show business! We remain agog at his skill, mastery, and moxie. Martin's canon, which dredges the reader in heartbreak and roils us in hilarity, has a permanent place of honor in American Literature. Martin Clark is a master craftsman who exalts the genre of legal thriller to heavenly heights. Ain't nobody following him that will ever do better. That right there would be impossible. Trust me."—Adriana Trigiani, author of The Good Left Undone and Big Stone Gap“Martin Clark is back stronger than ever. With all the legal tomfoolery of Better Call Saul and the dutiful heart of Longmire, The Plinko Bounce underscores why I’ve been an ardent Clark fan since the beginning. The man can write, he’s funny as hell, and his words stand tall with hard-won integrity.”
—Matthew Quick, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and We Are the Light“The Plinko Bounce is a masterful take on crime and the court system that’s imbued with rich characterization and resonant circumstance. More than a high-stakes legal drama, it’s a story of attorney and client, father and son, man and woman, heart and head...and few people have the capacity to capture this more powerfully than Martin Clark.”
—Criminal Element “Clark knows how to write a riveting, page-turning legal thriller, with a surprise or two for his readers.   Andy Hughes [is] a character sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the last page.” 
—Southern Literary Review

PRAISE FOR MARTIN CLARK“Clark is not only the thinking man’s John Grisham but, maybe better, the drinking man’s John Grisham.” —The New York Times “Hands down, our finest legal-thriller writer.” 
—Entertainment Weekly“Completely original.  Martin Clark knows how to write and spin a great yarn.” 
—Nelson DeMille“Clark has a diabolical imagination, which he employs brilliantly.  To his unconventional thrillers, he brings a keen understanding of high principles as well as the realistic nuts and bolts of the legal profession.” 
—Greensboro News and Record“A truly original writer.”
—David Baldacci“Martin Clark is the new standard against which other works of legal fiction should be judged.” 
—Winston-Salem Journal“A bold new voice in thrillers.” 
—Los Angeles Times"This is writing at its best—for this genre or any other—and one is almost tempted to urge the author to discard his black robe as a real-life circuit court judge and devote himself full-time to writing.” 
—Charlottesville Daily Progress“Astonishing literary skill.  Clark [is] a master of dialogue and a brilliant scene painter.” 
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch“Clark’s trademark is witty prose and mind-bending legal plotting.” 
—The Seattle Review of Books“Master of colorful legal thrillers.”  
—BOOK CITY Roanoke“If you order a ‘Martin Clark’ at your local library or bookstore, be prepared: It packs a wallop. It’s so intoxicating that it doesn’t just dazzle Clark’s reviewers, it inspires them.” 
—Raleigh News and Observer “Part John Grisham, part Hunter S. Thompson and part sheer grit…” 
—Denver Post“If you’re a fan of legal thrillers and don’t know the name Martin Clark, it could be considered negligent, if not a criminal offense, in some circles.” 
 —Criminal Element

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