O'Halloran's Will

O'Halloran's Will

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Author: David R. Tanis
Publisher: GD Publishing
Length: 244 page(s)
Language: English
Written: Mar 2018
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Novels  |  Work: Roman
Keywords: Last Will, Testament, Satire, Spoof, legal spoof, Comedy, Executor, Small town, North Carolina



The assets of the surprisingly valuable estate of a small time, eccentric lawyer become the target of the unscrupulous and greedy in the bucolic town of Pine Ridge, North Carolina, setting off a chain of events no one could ever have even dreamed of, let alone imagined. It’s almost as if the wily old lawyer is playing one last trick, resulting in a rollicking and unpredictable ending.

When the opposing attorney's masterful oration was over, Jimmy G was actually sweating. His nervousness was palpable.
“Do you wish to respond to that argument?”the judge asked him.
“Nah, Judge, I can’t touch that. Even I gotta a’mit it was pretty good. But Judge, ya know, it'sall fluff. Smoke and mirrors. Judge in dis here courtroom we got a Bible.” He made a show of picking it up. “But Judge, we got a different Bible here too. You an’ me. We got dis one here.” Jimmy picked up an unobtrusive green soft cover book and held it high for the judge and everyone else to see. “Judge, dis is de general statyoots of our state.” He opened it and made a show or reading to himself, his lips quivering. No one coughed, rustled, or even burped., as if the courtroom had been evacuated.

Praise for O’Halloran’s Will

A barely successful street lawyer dies but puzzles the townfolk by leaving an unexpectedly large estate to either a church he never attended or to his dogs. David Tanis uses his experiences of almost half century as a judge and a trial lawyer to craft this story of greed and stupidity by those trying to get their hands on the antique gold coins, the winning lottery ticket and an ancient stock certificate now worth millions. The usual suspects are right out of central casting for a 1930's court house drama. A quick read. This well crafted story will educate and leave the reader smiling and laughing out loud.—Tom Keith, District Attorney (Ret), Forsyth County, NC
David Tanis gets it just right. The small Southern town of Pine Ridge comes alive, and so do the characters.- living and dead. Tanis, a lawyer and former judge, makes the courthouse crowd come alive with a light touch of authenticity. There's plenty of wry humor in this fine novel, along with plot twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued. Oh, yes, there's an element of dark mystery that has one wondering. A wonderful story that readers will find totally engaging. Sit back and enjoy.—Joseph L.S. Terrell, author of the Harrison Weaver Mysteries.

“Tanis has crafted a fascinating legal tale. He has constructed a riveting legal thriller that is both smart and funny. Engaging from the beginning until the end, Tanis left me wanting more.”—William B. Reingold, Chief District Court Judge (Retired), Twenty-First Judicial District, North Carolina

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About the Author

David R. Tanis | Author on XinXii.com

Member since: Feb 2014
Publications on XinXii:  3
After service with the U.S. Army’s Green Berets, Tanis was a company commander in combat in Viet Nam when his career in the military was brought to an abrupt end by a North Viet Namese mortar round landing next to his right foot, amputating his legs. Thereafter, he attended graduate school to try to compensate for a poor academic record, a consequence of the distraction of a basketball scholarship at Lehigh University. Graduating from Wake Forest University Law School, he began his career by prosecuting criminal cases, followed by thirty years as a trial lawyer, with a stint as District Court Judge. District Court was a fertile field for many of the humorous anecdotes he includes in his novels. Writing, then, is his third career.
Trying dozens of narcotics cases in the State and Federal Courts in North Carolina during his thirty year career, Tanis saw the seedy side of the drug underworld first hand, along with the devastating effect on everyone involved in these conspiracies, the dealers, the users, the mules and everyone else on the periphery, and their families.
He has served as Chairman of the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program appointed by President Reagan, the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Person’s with Disabilities, appointed by Governor James Martin, co-founder of the Triad Viet Nam Veterans and has served on various community boards, and church councils.
A member of the North Carolina Writers Network and Hampton Roads Writers, he won a short story contest put on by the North Carolina State Bar, published in their Journal. JUST ADD WATER is his first published novel.
 He is married to Stefanie Weidinger, a retired Instructor in the Department of German and Russian at Wake Forest University, has two adult children, and resides on North Carolina’s northern Outer Banks.

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