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Fourth novel from Lower Makefield author is a fantasy legal thriller

“The Last Witness: A Fantasy Legal Thriller,” by Lower Makefield author Richard Dalglish, was recently published by Solstice Publishing, Farmington, MO.

The novel, a courtroom drama set in a medieval-style fantasy world, is the author’s fourth.

It’s available as an e-book or paperback. 

Richard is the author of three previous novels, “Day of the Fastle,” “The Grenling Abduction,” and “Murder in the Querl.”

The new book is the third in a series of fantasy mysteries.

The author discusses his new novel in the Q&A below.

Q. What’s a fantasy legal thriller?

A. It’s an alleged crime, an investigation and arrest, and a trial, all taking place in a medieval-style fantasy world. Think John Grisham channeling Tolkien. Or “My Cousin Vinny” defending “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” But in my fantasy world, the legal system is looser, a bit raucous, and more fun.

Q. A fun legal system?

A. The prosecutor and the defense counsel are not above insults and courtroom shenanigans, which add some comic relief. But there’s also suspense and high drama. And a surprise witness.

Q. Can you tell us about the surprise witness?

A. Um, no. That would be a major spoiler.

Q. OK, what about the defense counsel hero? Can you talk about him?

A. Yes, Killandrio Bludd, my new favorite character. He defends the unloved, the unwanted, and the undesirable. He’s dedicated, smart, relentless, and he looks out for the little guy. As he tells the prosecutor, he’s known as the human battering ram. He doesn’t stop. Ever.

Q. Who does he defend?

A. A strange thirteen-year-old boy who can’t speak, is considered a dangerous “oddkin,” and has a supernatural gift – or curse – that he can’t control. He did, by the way, cause the death that sets the story in motion.

Q. So he’s guilty?

A. It’s complicated. Ultimately, it’s up to the jury to decide.

PHOTO CAP: Richard Dalglish with his new novel.

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