UHLC's Prof. Crump publishes third novel

Murder in Sugar Land praised as a superb courtroom drama.

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CoverApril 5, 2013 – University of Houston Law Center Professor David Crump has published his third novel, drawing upon his experience as a Harris County trial lawyer to write a legal thriller, Murder in Sugar Land.

"Most people get most of their information about our system of justice from fiction, but most lawyer fiction doesn't inform them very well," said Crump who teaches Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, and Evidence among other courses at the Law Center. "That's why I got started with writing my novels: to give an authentic picture of how our system works."

Advance reviews praised the writing and realism of the book:

  • "Absolutely superb! David Crump describes the reality of a trial better than anyone. After 30 years as a trial lawyer and 14 years as a trial judge, I have had the same experiences. And Crump nails it. This is a book you simply cannot put down..."
     —Judge R. Terence Ney, Past President, State Bar of Virginia
  • "Crump steers his readers through our judicial system as only a practitioner and professor of law is able to do. This is a fascinating story crafted with characters who are so vivid and real that you are faced with the terrible conflict of not wanting to put it down, while realizing it will end too soon if you don't."
    —Bill Balleza, News Anchor, NBC-TV Channel 2

Murder in Sugar Land is published by Quid Pro Books of New Orleans and is available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon and Nook format from Barnes & Noble.

Crump's previous novels are Conflict of Interest, 1997, and The Holding Company, 1999.

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