In the past ten years, I have found PATRICIA CORNWELL, (The Dr. Kay Scarpetta series); JANET EVANOVICH, ("The Stephanie Plum series"); SUE GRAFTON, (The Kinsey Milhone series"); JOHN GRISHAM, JAMES PATTERSON, RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON, the late ED McBAIN, (a/k/a EVAN HUNTER), ("The 87th. Precinct" series); the late TONY HILLERMAN, NELSON DeMILLE, and JOHN SANDFORD are my TOP TEN FAVORITES.
I grew up watching "PERRY MASON" on television, so I began checking out the late EARLE STANLEY GARDNER from my neighborhood library.
My boss at the law firm in Miami, graduated suma cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1962. I worked with him for five years, and enjoyed every minute of it. He was a native of Brooklyn, NY, and though he craftly developed and promoted the persona best portrayed by JOE PESCCI in the hit movie, "MY COUSIN VINNIE". The office staff and I could not believe the similarities between "Vinnie" and Frank. He is a brilliant attorney, and believe me, he won a far greater percentage of his cases than he lost, and in my opinion, the ones he lost, even Perry Mason could not have won.
I will endeavor to develop my talent as a writter to emulate the authors named above, and if I can ever be mentioned in the same breath as any of them, I will consider myself a success at my craft, and most important, to be able to entertain my readers to the extent they want more from me.