I moderated the “Excitable Lawyers” panel at this year’s CrimeCONN on May 18 at the impressive Ferguson Library in Stamford, Conn. The stellar panelists (pictured left to right below) included: recovering lawyer and soon-to-be novelist Marjorie Drake; reformed lawyer Connie Johnson Hambley (The Jessica Trilogy); and law-student-for-one-year Charles Salzberg (Swann’s Down).

Our discussion focused on the depiction of lawyers and the legal worlds in crime fiction, and the use or non-use of reality in our writing.

Thanks very much to Chris Knopf and his CrimeCONN crew and to MWA-NY for having me. It was good to see a lot of friends and make new ones.