THE LAST LAWYER WINS 2010 SCRIBES BOOK AWARD FROM
THE SOCIETY OF LEGAL WRITERS.
THE WASHINGTON POST'S BOOK BLOG.
THE LAST LAWYER NAMED
THE FREEDOM BOOK CLUB
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY.
RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER STORY.
"The book delves into a tangled web of death-penalty jurisprudence, where judges and prosecutors look all too human and life-or-death decisions sometimes hang on hapless defense attorneys.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW.
“High drama in Raleigh penitentiaries, North Carolina backroads, cramped law offices, and sweltering courtrooms. Investigators, criminals, judges, witnesses, and attorneys are all finely, vividly drawn in this disturbing account… A stand-up-and cheer account of one man standing up for justice.”
THE CRIMINAL LAWYER BLOG REVIEW.
“Temple really gets it. He really, really gets it. If you read only one book in your life about what it’s like to be a criminal defense lawyer, read this one.”
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW STORY.
“An often-riveting account of an idealistic legal team fighting against the death penalty. John Temple's reasoned account of the case of Bo Jones, a North Carolina man sentenced to death for the murder of a store owner, is balanced and nuanced. It reads more like a best-selling novel than a dry, blow-by-blow account.”
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"John Temple's The Last Lawyer is a compulsively readable indictment of a fatally flawed system. It reads like first-class legal fiction, but it's far more compelling because it is, tragically, legal fact."
Leonard Pitts, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist
John Temple’s books take you behind the scenes of some of the most intriguing and difficult jobs in America. Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office, published in 2005, chronicled the exploits of a diverse team of death investigators at a coroner’s office in Pittsburgh.
Temple’s second book, The Last Lawyer: The Fight to Save Death Row Inmates, came out in November, 2009. Temple spent four and a half years shadowing attorneys in North Carolina who represented Bo Jones, a man convicted of a 1987 murder.