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Bar News - April 19, 2013

Telling Their Stories: Recent Self-Published Books by NH Lawyers

Secrets in a Time of Peace

Robert A. Shaines
In his second novel based on his experiences, Portsmouth trial attorney Robert A. Shaines writes about the adventures of an American living in Russia in 1991-96 when he becomes involved in efforts to recover a number of suitcase-sized plutonium bombs lost in the confusion after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In his preface, Shaines writes: "The existence of the bombs had been rumored in intelligence circles for several years after the collapse of the Soviet Union…the possibility that these terrible weapons could fall into the hands of terrorist groups or rogue nations and be used indiscriminately posed a global threat of unprecedented magnitude. Neither the Russians nor Americans sounded a public alarm for fear of creating widespread panic, but they joined forces in a concerted effort to prevent the worst from happening."

Shaines’ first book, Command Influence: A Story of Korea and the Politics of Injustice, is a novel about the trial of a young American solider accused of murder during the Korean war, written from the perspective of his defense lawyer. Find out more at the author’s website:

Split Thirty

Michael Davidow
In Billed simply as "a novel about politics and advertising," Split Thirty is the first book by public defender Michael Davidow.

The gritty narrative of Split Thirty follows California ad man Henry Bell through New York City in the fall of 1972, while he is working for the Nixon reelection campaign. His son is missing in Vietnam, and Bell is searching for a teenage girl who might be carrying his grandchild. "To reach her, he needs to weave a safe route through stacks of cash, secret films, and federal investigations; through bribery, burglary, and blackmail; and through the troubles caused by a cast of advertising misfits," Davidow writes.

Born in Boston and raised in Manchester, Davidow worked in Boston and Washington, DC, before returning to New Hampshire, where he practices criminal defense in the Nashua office of the NH Public Defender. Split Thirty is available through Kindle, Nook and Kobo. To learn more, visit the book’s Facebook page at

Vivian’s Window

Jason Dennis
In The first novel by attorney Jason Dennis of Concord, Vivian’s Window is the suspenseful and romantic story of Carwyn Hillis, a man who goes to great lengths for the woman he loves. When Vivian Belanger, the object of his affection, is targeted by a sociopath, Carwyn engages in a deadly gamble that tests his love and his resolve.

Dennis is originally from Chester, Va. He earned an undergradutate degree is psychology from Roanoke College in 2003 and then graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2008. A resident of Concord, he is currently in transition and is contemplating whether to open up his own law practice.

Published through iUniverse in December 2012, Vivian’s Window is now available in hard and soft cover through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Dennis hopes it also will be available in local bookstores soon.

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