That’s the supercharged premise of attorney-writer-
Rosenberg, who has extensive experience as a legal script consultant to prime-time TV legal dramas, has been inspired by best-selling legal thriller writers like Scott Turow and John Grisham, but equally by TV producers like Stephen Bochco (“L.A. Law,” “Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue”) and David E. Kelley (“The Practice,” “Boston Legal,” “Ally McBeal,” "Harry’s Law”), as well as old time detectives like John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee. He also provided full time legal analysis for E! Entertainment Television’s live coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal trial as well as commentary for E!’s coverage of the Simpson civil trial, and has commented on the trial of Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s doctor. He started writing "Death On A High Floor" in the mid-2000s.
“The novel was in some ways an attempt to integrate several parts of my life – working as a lawyer, covering the Simpson trial for TV, consulting on dramatic TV scripts, etc.,” Rosenberg says. “I’ve been involved in trial work, but I’ve also taught a lot of adjunct law courses, including Law and Popular Culture – a course about the image of lawyers in the media and how accurately lawyers are depicted in the movies and on TV. So in writing my own novel I had the special challenge of being as accurate as I could be within the constraints of fiction.”
The novel’s title stems from the fact that glitzy, high-end law firms, such as the one Rosenberg describes, “are always on the high floors of tall buildings,” he says. “In many ways, this is a fall-from-grace novel. Tarza, accused of murder, in a sense falls from high up, socially and financially, because of that. He eventually ends up with an eccentric criminal defense lawyer from what you might call the low-floors.”
The appeal to readers of "Death On A High Floor" is simple, Rosenberg maintains. “There’s a large market for courtroom dramas. Lots of people like them because courtrooms are the perfect place for drama – conflict and resolution, all in one small room.” Rosenberg also hints that there will be a sequel to "Death On A High Floor."
What critics and readers are saying about "Death On A High Floor":
"'Death On A High Floor' is a riveting murder mystery, a skillfully written traditional whodunit, with strong and appealing characters and revolting villains. However, the real strength of the book is the author’s knowledge of how mega-law firms function and the vicious office politics that often play out in their beautiful offices on high floors.”
Michael Asimow, Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA Law School
Visiting Professor, Stanford Law School
Co-author, “Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies,” and Editor, “Lawyers in Your Living Room! Law on Television”
“‘Death on a High Floor’ is that delicious and rare combination of great, surprising mystery plot twists and engaging, full-color characters. I loved it, and can't wait to read Rosenberg's next book!"
Anne Kenney, Executive Producer, “Greek,” Co-Creator/Co-
“Lo and behold, out of the blue comes a new author whose first effort not only doesn’t disappoint, but is a GREAT read with wonderfully drawn characters and a plot that refuses to give up its hook until the very end.”
An Amazon Reader
About the Author
Charles Rosenberg has been the credited legal script consultant to the TV shows “LA Law,” “The Practice” and “Boston Legal,” as well as Showtime’s “The Paper Chase.” He has also taught extensively as an adjunct law professor, including at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, the Loyola Law School International LLM Program in Bologna, Italy, UCLA Law School, Pepperdine School of Law, Southwestern University School of Law, and the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Rosenberg is a graduate of Antioch College and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife. A former partner in a large firm, he is currently a partner in a three-lawyer firm and is working on his second novel. For more information see http://charlesrosenberg.wordpress.com/
"Death on a High Floor"
453 pages; $5.99, Kindle edition (also available through free Kindle apps on smart phones, iPads, and all computers); $16.99, Soft Cover; ISBN-978-0-615-
Publication date: August 12, 2011
Published by Sliding Hill Press
Available at amazon.com, B&N.com, deathonahighfloor.com and by special order at bookstores nationwide.