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Morristown, NJ
About Me:
During the day, I work as general counsel to a major transportation company. At night (well, actually, in the wee hours of the morning), I write legal thrillers.

I was born and raised in Perth Amboy, NJ, and upon graduating high school, I took off for college at MIT. (Why MIT, if I ended up a lawyer? A long story I'll be glad to share with you when we meet in person.) After MIT, I attended Columbia Law School, got my law degree in 1979, and I've been practicing law ever since.

As a lawyer, I write for a living, and I guess there are cynics who’d even say lawyers write fiction for a living. So somewhere along the way, I started writing novels.
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In the first three months following its release, SILENT COUNSEL maintained a spot among the top five on Amazon's list of "Hot New Releases" in Legal Thrillers, and was a No. 5 Amazon Bestseller in Legal Thrillers.

The review from Kirkus Reviews was gratifying: "[Silent Counsel] boasts a complex story and heart-pounding climax that will have readers looking forward to Isaacson's next."

The review from Midwest Book Review was encouraging as well: "Ken Isaacson's first legal on a par with the works of John Grisham."

Please take a look at the places I'll be visiting . I hope you'll be able to stop in and say hello!


SILENT COUNSEL asks you to suppose the unimaginable: What if your child were killed in a hit-and-run? And the one person who knew the driver’s identity—his lawyer—couldn’t tell you his name because of a legal technicality?

Silent Counsel

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Attorneys' silence keeps innocent man in prison for 26 years—in real life.

Every once in a while, there’s a news story that grabs me. And when it touches upon the very issue that’s at center of SILENT COUNSEL—attorney/client confidentiality—it’s of particular interest.

This past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment about a 26-year secret that kept an innocent man in prison—because two lawyers who knew that his claim of innocence was true considered themselves legally bound to remain silent. They knew that the convicted man, Alton Logan, was innocent because… Continue

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 4:00am

Current Newsletter available online

Hello all,

I realize that many of you are on my off-Crimespace mailing list, and have therefore received my latest newsletter. But the shocking fact is that a lot of you have not yet signed up for that mailing list!

So, I'll share that newsletter with you here. To view it, simply click here.

If you want to be sure to receive future newsletters directly, sign up for my mailing list by clicking…


Posted on January 27, 2008 at 4:36am

Missed this morning's radio interview? Listen now...

So you missed this morning's interview on WBTC Talk Radio? Not to worry. You can listen now, or at your leisure, by clicking here.

Thanks for tuning in!



Posted on January 18, 2008 at 6:56am

Radio Interview This Morning - Listen Live Online at 10:00 EST

Good morning all.

This morning, I'll be appearing on WBTC radio (1540 AM) in Ulrichsville, OH, on Dial & Speak with Dr. Andrea Fanti, at 10:00 EST.

I invite you to listen in by going to , and clicking on the Listen Now - Live button.

I hope you can join us!

Ken Isaacson
SILENT COUNSEL, a legal thriller

Posted on January 17, 2008 at 11:32pm

SILENT COUNSEL nominated for Arty Award

I’ve been looking forward to attending the Left Coast Crime convention in Denver (March 6 – 9), for the opportunity to hook up with old friends—especially the great group of people I met in Anchorage at Bouchercon—and to make new ones.

This week, I found out that I have another reason to anticipate the event: SILENT COUNSEL has been…


Posted on January 11, 2008 at 1:42am

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At 2:13am on March 1, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
It's here! Wednesday, Silent Counsel came in the mail. And Thursday, I got laid off. So now I have time to read it. Good news all the way around.
At 2:06pm on February 29, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Thanks. Now if a newspaper reviewer with a large would say that . . .
At 6:16am on February 28, 2008, Elizabeth Zelvin said…
Thanks, Ken. I'm thrilled about the Agatha nomination and grateful to all the friends who've helped me get this far, including you. :) Liz
At 11:39pm on February 27, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
I ordered it from Amazon, it seems like 9 years ago, but haven't received it yet. In theory, it's in my TBR pile.
At 1:46pm on February 27, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Ken
Congratulations on Silent Counsel. I keep hearing great things about it. I enjoy your posts on the mystery lists too.
At 5:09am on January 19, 2008, Kelli Stanley said…
Thanks, Ken dear! :) You know I love to celebrate! :)

Speaking of which, I think we'll be doing a lot of that at LCC ... can't wait to see you. :)

At 5:09pm on January 12, 2008, Loretta Ross said…
"Hello, Craw."
"No, not Craw! Craw!"

Sorry about that, Chief! ;)
At 12:09pm on January 9, 2008, pam said…
Hello Ken,

Thanks for the greeting! I am looking forward to sharing with everyone. It's is always enjoyable to connect with other writers!
At 3:11am on December 28, 2007, Bill Cameron said…
Howdy, Ken! Not sure on Denver, but it's looking unlikely at this point. I'm registered, but it's starting to look like it won't be possible for me. Alas.
At 8:09am on December 17, 2007, Karen J. Laubenstein said…
Hi Ken, you added tremendously to B'con this year, too. It looks like I'll be at LCC09 Hawaii, but not in Denver. Too much going on here in March. I stayed at BU when I lived and worked in Boston. I grew up in Maine, though, about 2 hours away. Worked for the Kennedys for 3 years at both the Boston office and in the Senate. Different life and as far away from life in Alaska that it seems like it all happened to someone else. I loved going to the North End and hope to go back sometime and hear those brogues. I've got the rss link to Poes Deadly Daughters on our AKSinC site, and am thoroughly enjoying it from afar. And reading about you on DorothyL now and then, too. Have a great time in Denver and for the holidays. Looking forward to your next book.

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