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Charley Sloan Courtroom Thrillers

Former defense attorney and judge-turned author William J. Coughlin brings his legal expertise to these page-turning thrillers featuring Detroit lawyer Charley Sloan. Down-and-out on his luck, a heavy drinker, divorced, Charley Sloan manages to pull it together and get back into the courtroom. In Shadow of a Doubt, the first book in this series, the stakes couldn’t be higher as a brutal murder case begins to unfold. On book two, Death Penalty, the Detroit News offered this: “a superb book, rich in the elements that make for a wonderful read. Death Penalty is the best of [Coughlin’s] novels…a remarkable legacy…the most enjoyable book I’ve read all year.” And Library Journal agrees, “Bravo! Coughlin brilliantly captures the corruption of the legal system by human error and greed. Thought-provoking and timely.”

  • Proof of Intent
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    • Proof of Intent

    • Charley Sloan Courtroom Thrillers (Volume 5)
      William J. Coughlin; by Walter Sorrells
      St. Martin's Press

    • Okay, so your client is a liar. Does that make him a murderer?

      In the dark hours of morning, Charley Sloan arrives at the palatial home of Miles Dane, celebrated novelist from the Detroit...

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  • The Court
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    • The Court

    • Charley Sloan Courtroom Thrillers (Volume 4)
      William J. Coughlin
      St. Martin's Press

    • In William J. Coughlin's The Court, the fourth Charley Sloan Courtroom Thriller, nine Supreme Court judges will soon decide four history-making cases. Eight of them will split along party...

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  • The Judgment
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    • The Judgment

    • Charley Sloan Courtroom Thrillers (Volume 3)
      William J. Coughlin
      St. Martin's Press

    • The death of innocence

      In a rural area outside of Detroit, bodies are being found in the snow. One after another. Neatly washed, wrapped in platic, methodically laid out like sleeping...

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  • Death Penalty
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    • Death Penalty

    • Charley Sloan Courtroom Thrillers (Volume 2)
      William J. Coughlin
      St. Martin's Publishing Group

    • Detroit lawyer Charley Sloan has been around the block once or twice. Down for the count, drinking heavily, a three-time loser in the marriage wars, Charley repairs his tattered career and gets back...

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William J. Coughlin

William J. Coughlin, a former defense attorney and judge in Detroit for twenty years, was the author of sixteen novels, including The Heart of Justice, In the Presence of Enemies, and Shadow of a Doubt. He lived in Grosse Point Woods, Michigan, with his wife, Ruth, an author and book critic.

William J. Coughlin

Walter Sorrells

Walter Sorrells is the Edgar Award-winning author of the legal thrillers Cry For Justice, Will To Murder, and Power Of Attorney. He has served on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America.