What is it about the courts in New Jersey that inspires authors? I just read a fascinating account by defense lawyer John Hartmann of his years in the legal profession, “Jacket: The Trials of a New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer.” If you’re thinking about going into the thickets of criminal law in New Jersey, his tips and advice are on point. Some of the tales he tells about his clients sound too fanciful to be true. But, having covered the courthouse in Trenton for the Times of Trenton when a few of these cases occurred, I can say, “Yes, this really did happen.”
Meanwhile, my own stories about the courthouse in my novel ,”Trenton Dead,” are based loosely on my experience and, of course, are fiction. Why don’t you read both and judge. Is truth stranger than fiction?