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Marti’s enjoyment of mystery books began as a child, when she first discovered the Bobbsey Twins series before moving on to Nancy Drew. As she grew, her reading tastes became more eclectic, but once she read Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, she was hooked on legal thrillers. John Grisham’s The Firm sealed the deal for her and she now seeks out legal thriller writers like Michael Connolly, John Lescroart and Phillip Margolin. Although she loves the tales told by those writers, there seemed to be missing from the literature a hard-working woman attorney, torn – as are so many women – between her commitment to her job and to her family. And so she created Dani Trumball – an Ivy League trained lawyer devoted both to seeking justice for the wrongly convicted and to her husband and son.

Marti’s inspiration for writing about innocence stems from her experience counseling drug users who had pending criminal cases. She discovered that if the defendant continued to maintain his innocence after conviction, he would be deemed unrepentant and get a harsher sentence. Once a jury voted to convict, the defendant was considered guilty regardless of the truth. That exposure to the court system prompted an interest in the law, and she entered Hofstra Law School, where she was a member of the law review.

Marti now lives in central Florida with her husband and her Siberian cat, Misha. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, jogging and golf. She heads back to New York regularly to visit her two sons and their wives, and her five beautiful grandchildren.

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MYSTERY & CRIME

BURNING JUSTICE

BY Marti Green • POSTED ON April 28, 2020

A dedicated lawyer works to exonerate an innocent woman on death row for the murder of her three children in a legal thriller by the author of The Good Twin (2018).

In the late 1990s, Becky Whitlaw was a young working-class mother in Glen Brook, Texas, when her husband, Grady, was killed in an auto accident. Nine months later, a 23-year-old widow with two toddlers and a new baby, Becky feels old and exhausted, and her life seems out of control. She even wonders sometimes if she wouldn’t be better off if her children had never been born. When her house is consumed by flames with her children inside as she sobs on the porch, “It’s my fault,” it doesn’t take long for investigators to conclude that she set the fire herself. In spite of her denials, she is charged and brought to trial and, after only two days of testimony, convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Years later, Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, learns of Becky’s case and agrees to try to get her a new trial, in hopes that new evidence will prove her innocent of starting the fire that caused her children’s deaths. While juggling her own family challenges, including adjusting to a West Coast life after a cross-country move with her husband and two children, Dani works tirelessly to unearth old leads and witnesses, all the while knowing that even her best efforts might not be enough. A veteran author of novels about legal injustices, Green is a masterful storyteller, and her narrative fascinates from the first page to the last as she describes the uphill battle faced by those who try to prove the innocence of convicted felons. In addition to providing educational and electrifying details of Dani’s investigation and court battles, Green gives empathetic attention to the details of the attorney’s personal life, drawing parallels between Dani and Becky as wives and mothers and creating a tale that combines courtroom and family drama.

A captivating and intimate look at injustices in the judicial system.

Pub Date: April 28, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-9881980-4-3

Page count: 296pp

Publisher: Yankee Clipper Press

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2020

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THE GOOD TWIN

BY Marti Green • POSTED ON May 15, 2018

Separated at birth, twin sisters are embroiled in a murder plot—against each other.

In Green’s (Justice Delayed, 2017, etc.) novel, Mallory Holcolm is working as a waitress in New York City when a patron confuses her for the owner of a nearby art gallery. When she spies blonde-haired, blue-eyed Charlotte “Charly” Gordon at Jensen Galleries, Mallory knows their similarities are too striking to be a coincidence—Charly is her twin sister. But while Mallory grew up in poverty with their biological mother, Charly enjoyed a life of privilege with her wealthy, adoptive family. So when Charly’s husband, Ben Gordon, asks Mallory to help him murder his wife and then split her fortune, she reluctantly agrees. First, Ben must wait for Charly’s adoptive father to die before he can change her will. In the meantime, like a sinister Pygmalion, Ben will teach Mallory to impersonate her sister, whose style and physique are more refined than hers, to seal the deal. Mallory seems a bit naïve to trust Ben without attempting to contact Charly on her own. In fact, Charly hasn’t been told that Mallory exists and is too busy caring for her ailing father to notice that her long-lost sister and her husband are plotting against her. But when the taut narrative smoothly shifts to her point of view, it’s less clear which of the two sisters is the titular good twin, because Charly harbors intriguing secrets of her own. Eventually, the mounting tension between these two strong characters, despite each woman’s desire to learn the other’s long-held family secrets, becomes the chilling story’s most powerful element. And this extreme case of sibling rivalry also deftly brings up the question of nature vs. nurture—is money the root of evil or is it genetics? Either way, the two sisters in this gripping tale are in for a tearful reunion when manipulative Ben brings them together for the big reveal.

They’re siblings, but their blood runs cold, turning what could have been a heartwarming reunion into a heart-stopping thriller.

Pub Date: May 15, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5039-4985-0

Page count: 272pp

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Review Posted Online: Feb. 22, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2018

Awards, Press & Interests

Hometown

The Villages, FL

Favorite author

Philip Roth

Favorite book

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Day job

Retired attorney

Favorite word

Justice

Passion in life

Hiking

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ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE

First Offense

Twelve-year-old Frankie Bishop is a model kid: quiet and bright. So everyone, especially his family, is shocked when he’s arrested for drug possession—and horrified when he’s sentenced to juvenile detention at Eldridge Academy. His uncle, Bruce Kantor of the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to help but knows he’s too close to the case. His associate Dani Trumball has family worries of her own to deal with, but she knows Bruce wouldn’t ask for help without cause. Just as she and her team begin to investigate, the case gets even thornier: Frankie is missing, and evidence points to an Eldridge cover-up. As the FBI launches a hunt for the boy, Dani knows something isn’t right. Why would a minor’s first offense earn such a harsh punishment? Unconvinced by the court documents, Dani is dogged in her pursuit of the truth that will save Frankie’s future—if he still has one.

Justice Delayed

The brutal murder of sixteen-year-old Kelly Braden sends shock waves through a community—and an intellectually disabled man to jail. The only witness to Kelly’s murder is the five-year-old cousin she was babysitting. The young girl names their neighbor, Jack Osgood, as the bat-wielding criminal. Two decades later, Osgood faces execution. Defense Attorney Dani Trumball and her partner, investigator Tommy Noorland, are summoned to the Georgia prison where Osgood is on death row. With no friends or family of his own, there is no one left to believe Jack didn’t kill Kelly but Dani and her Help Innocent Prisoners Project. With a mentally disabled son of her own, defending Osgood could be her most heartrending case yet. While fighting a system that blocks her attempts to overturn his conviction, Dani must race to identify the real killer before Osgood’s time runs out—and the murderer strikes again.

Presumption of Guilt

Twelve years ago, teenager Molly Singer was tried and convicted for murdering her parents. She was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison, torn away from her newborn daughter, and forsaken by those closest to her. But now, a series of anonymous letters proclaim her innocence—and point a finger at a deadly conspiracy. Attorney Dani Trumball specializes in defending the wrongfully imprisoned at the Help Innocent Prisoners Project. But taking Molly’s case means taking on a hard-hearted justice system that doesn’t like do-overs…and a merciless killer who will do anything to keep a secret history of dirty deals buried. Only the truth will set Molly free and reunite her broken family. And only Dani has any chance of finding it in a showdown that will push her legal talents—and her survival skills—to the very edge.
Published: Nov. 4, 2014
ISBN: 13:9781477825709

The Price of Justice

Seven years ago, Winston Melton was on top of the world: a privileged kid fresh off his first semester at Princeton. Life was perfect—until he was accused of the rape and murder of an ex-girlfriend. Years after his conviction, another death-row inmate has come forward with an eleventh-hour confession, casting Win’s conviction in a new light. But with the ink drying on his death sentence, time is running short. Win’s grandmother, the family matriarch, has her eyes set on one of the Help Innocent Prisoners Project’s defense lawyers: Dani Trumball, and her reputation for results, no matter the cost. Dani, concerned she is being bought, initially refuses but eventually takes the case. Soon, Dani can sense that something’s off, both with Win’s conviction and the new confession. But seven years after the incident, is there still a chance of uncovering the truth?

Unintended Consequences

Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. George maintains he didn't do it. That the body isn't his little Angelina. But that's all he's ever said - no other defense, no other explanation. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just six weeks away. Dani Trumball, an attorney with the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to believe him. After all, there was no forensic evidence to prove that the body in the woods was George's daughter. But if the girl isn't Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhoun's missing daughter? Despite the odds, the questions push Dani to take the case. For nineteen years, George Calhoun has stayed silent. But he's ready to talk, and if the story he tells Dani is true, it changes everything.
Published: Nov. 12, 2013
ISBN: 13: 9781477818152