The Arpaio Pardon and the Judiciary
This website is usually where I talk about my mystery novels, but a lot of people have come here in the past day based on what I wrote about my time clerking for Judge Murray Snow in the District of Arizona during the trial of Joe Arpaio and the MCSO. I stand by everything I said but I don't need to go into it again.
I am thinking about writing something that is deeper and broader about our understanding of the judiciary more generally. I remember when Gorsuch was nominated to the Supreme Court and Neal Katyal wrote about his support for the judge, and many liberals were upset. We have seen an assault on the judiciary in the past few months. But it has come from both sides, and those of us who believe in progressive politics must support judges with whom we disagree on politics but whose commitment to fairness is unwavering.
So thanks for coming by, but there isn't a lot on Arpaio here. I write novels based on my experience investigating police misconduct. Professional reviewers like them, so if you like that sort of thing you may too. Otherwise you can read some of the writing I've done on police oversight more generally.
If you're interested in crime novels where the police aren't always the good guys, there is more info below.
Something is Rotten in the Borough of Brooklyn
And it’s not just the wave of glossy condos pushing longtime residents out of their neighborhoods. A construction worker has plunged to his death, and suspicion has fallen on a fellow hard hat for turning a crane into a killing machine. When the suspect does a disappearing act, a pair of unlikely partners reunite to chase him down.
Leonard Mitchell once investigated dirty cops, and Detective Ralph Mulino was his target. Mulino was cleared. But Leonard ran afoul of the system and ended up pushing paper for the Parks Department. Now Mulino drafts him to infiltrate a real estate mogul’s operation and expose a financial scam that may be behind the murder. But when the suspected killer gets tossed from a tenement roof, it seems the price of probing the housing market might just be too high.
Praise for 2016's The Big Fear
"Finely tuned city backdrops and sharply realized psychological portraiture make this a standout among Serpico-type crime thrillers."
— Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
“Gritty and hardnosed, The Big Fear is as authentically New York as a slice of pizza. Case’s characters know the streets. They talk the talk and walk the walk.”
—Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Where It Hurts
“Andrew Case conjures a gritty, authentic vision of modern day New York City that makes the conspiracy lurking at the heart of The Big Fear all the more chilling. A striking debut—this is an author to watch.”