March 1, 2017
Ankerwycke Books, American Bar Association
How do the personal and political lives of Supreme Court justices affect their decisions?
Al-Tounsi tells the behind-the-scenes story of U.S. Supreme Court justices as they consider a landmark case involving the rights of detainees held in an overseas U.S. military base.
Inspired by a true case from 2008 addressing Guantanamo Bay, the fictional lawsuit of Al-Tounsi v. Shaw pits Majid Al-Tounsi, an Egyptian prisoner, against the President of the United States. It challenges U.S. laws that apply to non-citizens under wartime circumstances and the extent of executive power.
As the controversial case maneuvers through the minds and hands of the justices, the novel explores in detail how the personal life dramas, career rivalries, and political sympathies of these judicial titans blend with their philosophies to create the most important legal decisions of our time.
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Piatigorsky does a terrific job of character development....He expertly weaves in complicated legal concepts and... case law... [and] even includes an excerpt from the ultimate fictional Al-Tounsi opinion.. An enjoyable, well-written exploration of the personalities behind the Supreme Court.
—Harry Graff, Above The Law
A courtroom thriller unlike most entries in the genre. It is enthralling and timely, and presents a view of the legal world far different from the traditional portrayal typically found in the works of popular courtroom novelists such as John Grisham, Michael Connelly and Scott Turow....Instead of a courtroom novel asking whodunit, Piatigorsky tells us how and why it was done....Piatigorsky reminds us that for better or worse, before men or women are judges, they are human beings with the same strengths and weaknesses as any of us.
—Stuart Shiffman, Bookreporter.com