John Abramowitz

John Abramowitz is a long, tall Texan who was raised in the great city of Fort Worth (and who apologizes to Lyle Lovett for stealing his line). While getting his formal education at Grinnell College, John also fell in love with the state of Iowa, and considers it his second home. (To keep on good terms with both states, his diet contains copious amounts of corn and barbecue.) After four years at Grinnell and three years at the University of Illinois College of Law, John decided he'd had enough of  ...See more >





"Abramowitz writes with punchy dialogue, sonic action and vivid description. His characters sing, bellow, shout and stumble; one even flies through a public bathroom into a fancy gala, shattering the door behind her. There’s never a dull moment as Abramowitz earns his high-concept theme with tight dialogue and full characters who often display as many human vulnerabilities as they do supernatural abilities. Danger shadows each chapter and the courtroom battles will have the reader flipping pages in anticipation. Fortunately, the characters’ witty exchanges and Gamble’s inner monologue provide a measure of levity to the more intense scenes. A surprisingly fresh, funny and fiery mystery that envelopes the reader in a uniquely colorful world."

Kirkus Reviews


AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Hometown Fort Worth, Texas

Favorite book Ender's Game

Day job Plaintiff's lawyer

Favorite line from a book "Parting with people is a sadness. A place is just a place."

Passion in life making things people love


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Page count: 162pp

In this novella, a young attorney risks his career and life to bring justice to his wrongfully accused clients—zombies, vampires and other arcane species shunned by society.

In this action-packed novel full of ironic, esoteric characters, Abramowitz spins a tale full of twists, turns and danger. Reversing the roles of so-called threats to society and defenders of public safety, Abramowitz creates a world where it is the inhuman creatures who must be protected from power-hungry district attorneys and supremacy groups that target innocent victims under the mask of heroism and protection. The novel touches on high concepts as Hunter Gamble, the book’s lead, works against the social biases and stereotypes that ultimately keep the justice system unjust. Not only does Gamble face the standard difficulties of trying to persuade a jury, police and court officials, but he must also build trust with his arcane clients who, in the beginning, place him in the group of lawyers who “wore suits and had sticks up [their] asses.” Abramowitz uses this complex dynamic to develop characters, their fears and ultimately their ambitions. Gamble’s ambition is large—he won’t stop until he saves an innocent client—but the goal is complicated when his young assistant, with whom he has a growing mutual endearment, is threatened and attacked by the Salvation Alliance, a group of vigilantes who use moblike tactics to target innocent creatures. Once his assistant and young client are attacked, Gamble knows his fight for justice will be larger than saving a few clients: He’s now up against the constructs that allow social inequality. Abramowitz writes with punchy dialogue, sonic action and vivid description. His characters sing, bellow, shout and stumble; one even flies through a public bathroom into a fancy gala, shattering the door behind her. There’s never a dull moment as Abramowitz earns his high-concept theme with tight dialogue and full characters who often display as many human vulnerabilities as they do supernatural abilities. Danger shadows each chapter and the courtroom battles will have the reader flipping pages in anticipation. Fortunately, the characters’ witty exchanges and Gamble’s inner monologue provide a measure of levity to the more intense scenes.

A surprisingly fresh, funny and fiery mystery that envelopes the reader in a uniquely colorful world.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

FLICKERS (Unpublished)
Young adult thriller

Alex Cronlord has failed. The zombie apocalypse that she foresaw months ago has come to pass--in part because of her visions. Trapped in the now-quarantined city of Dallas, Alex struggles both with the undead and with her own guilt. She blames herself for the fall of Dallas, for leaving FBI Agent Moira McBain to die, and for the lies she's still telling her father. When Zach, her friend and fellow superpowered fighter, makes a startling confession, it only increases Alex's inner turmoil. Unknown to Alex, Moira is still alive. Imprisoned in an alternate dimension and facing certain death, Moira receives help from an unlikely source. To get home, she must fight her way past both the soul-sucking Xorda and a frightening and mysterious group of werewolves. She knows who her enemies are. But can she trust her only ally?
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IDENTITY THEFT (Unpublished)
Urban fantasy legal thriller

A man walks into the Texas Capitol. Shots ring out. A young aide lies dead. The killer's excuse? He was under a spell. Sounds like a job for Hunter Gamble, right? Wrong. After his disastrous "victory" in the trial of Samuel Pollard, Hunter has turned his back on defending oppressed vampires, mages, and zombies. Having accepted a position at his father's giant litigation firm, he's trying the glamorous cases, working in a corner office, and making a six-figure salary--and hating every minute of it. As Hunter plots his exit strategy, he finds himself inexorably drawn to the case of the Capitol shooter, who is an old friend from law school. As he works to clear his friend, Hunter discovers that there is much more at stake in this case than whether one man was under a spell. Before long, he finds himself pulled into a magical conspiracy dating back to before the Unveiling--and with a singularly cold-blooded wizard at its heart. The clock is ticking. The search for answers is on. And the author of Atticus for the Undead invites you to come along for the thrill ride--and get the magic back.
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THE VOID
Young adult, thriller

The zombie apocalypse is nigh! The trouble is, Alex Cronlord is the only person who knows it. She is a Weaver -- one of a group of superhuman children who are able to see the future -- and she can still remember the vision she had just weeks ago of being chased by a shambling undead horde. But that's all she's seen of the coming horror, and lately, her visions have mostly been confusing. Dead bodies in dumpsters, a strange place called "Pinnacle," and no sign of a Xorda anywhere. At least, not at first. As Alex struggles to make sense of these bits of information, a stitch-faced assassin surfaces with a vendetta against Ainsling Cronlord, Alex's mother. Ainsling is a member of the enigmatic Wells Society, a secret order of women who genetically mutate their own children to turn them into fighters against the Xorda. She is the person who gave Alex her Weaver powers. And she is the person Alex can least afford to trust. But when the stitch-faced man steps up his campaign against the Cronlord family, Alex begins to realize she may not have a choice. As she learns the disturbing truth behind her recent visions, Alex must decide how far she is willing to go to save the world.

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WEAVER
Young adult thriller

Fifteen-year old Alex Cronlord just met the boy of her dreams. Literally. Unfortunately, the dream involved him killing her. When she encounters him at her school the next morning, Alex understandably freaks out-and her mother's bizarre behavior only makes it worse. What Alex doesn't realize is that she can see the future-which will get her into a whole lot of trouble. Across town, FBI Agent Moira McBain and her partner Andy Hall investigate a series of house burnings in Dallas, Texas. When a clue leads them to the Cronlords, Moira discovers a disturbing link between Alex's family and her own-which opens an old wound Moira has spent years trying to ignore. Something is rotten in Dallas, Texas-something involving a secret society, children with extraordinary powers, and human-looking creatures who might literally be out of this world.... Welcome to a different kind of world-wide web.

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