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Ken Isaacson is the author of the Amazon bestselling legal thriller SILENT COUNSEL'

Background Information

During the day, Ken works as general counsel to a major transportation company. At night (well, actually, in the wee hours of the morning), he writes legal thrillers. 

Born and raised in Perth Amboy, NJ, upon graduating high school, Ken took off for college at MIT. (Why MIT, if he ended up a lawyer? A long story he'll be glad to share with you when you meet in person.) After MIT, Ken attended Columbia Law School, got his law degree in 1979, and he's been practicing law ever since.

As a lawyer, he writes for a living. There are cynics who’d even say lawyers write fiction for a living, so somewhere along the way, Ken started writing novels.

Ken is an actively involved member of the Mystery Writers of America, and is serving a third term on the Board of Directors of MWA’s New York chapter. He also serves on the chapter’s Mentor Committee, Program Committee, Membership Committee, and Website Committee, and is the moderator of the chapter’s online discussion forum. You can find him on the Web at and at Ken is working on his second novel.

Birth Place
Perth Amboy, NJ USA

Upon its release, Ken's debut legal thriller, SILENT COUNSEL, shot to the No. 2 spot on Amazon’s list of Hot New Releases in Legal Thrillers. For the month of January 2008, only two titles surpassed it on Amazon’s list of Bestselling Legal Thrillers: John Grisham’s The Appeal, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Upon completion of his second term on the Board of Directors of MWA's New York chapter, he received that organization’s Silver Noose Award.

“[Silent Counsel] boasts a complex story and heart-pounding climax that will have readers looking forward to Isaacson’s next.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Ken Isaacson’s first legal thriller…is on a par with the works of John Grisham.”
—Midwest Book Review

“Readers will be riveted by this morally complex story.”

Additional Information

Ken's debut legal thriller, SILENT COUNSEL, asks you to suppose something unimaginable: What if your child were killed in a hit-and-run? And the one person who knew the driver’s identity—his lawyer—couldn’t reveal his name because of a legal technicality? SILENT COUNSEL is the story of just such a nightmare. After Stacy Altman’s six-year-old son is run down in front of their house, with no witnesses to the tragic accident, she learns that the driver has hired attorney Scott Heller to negotiate a plea arrangement with the prosecutor. But he’s instructed Scott not to reveal his name until a satisfactory agreement is in place. The prosecutor refuses to make a deal, and the court rebuffs Stacy’s efforts to force Scott to tell her—or even the authorities—who his client is, holding that the information is protected by the attorney-client privilege. Since the court won’t do anything to help Stacy track down her son’s killer, she takes matters into her own hands. And she’s determined to make Scott talk—at any cost… When Stacy's stalking of Scott's young daughter escalates into a kidnapping, Scott makes the only reasonable choice a parent can—cooperate and give up the client. That’s when Scott discovers that doing the right thing isn’t as easy as he thought—and now the mother isn’t the only one looking for the child’s killer.

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