After almost 25 years of practicing law, Scott I. Zucker has joined the ranks of other seasoned lawyers who’ve turned their legal writing skills into the world of fiction writing. Zucker, who specializes in self-storage law, has written his first book, “Chain of Custody.” In addition, he’s donating proceeds from book sales to Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University.
In “Chain of Custody, lead character Matt Taggart is a hard-working young associate attorney at a prestigious Washington, D.C., litigation firm. He’s married with a 1-year-old daughter. Matt's day-to-day life is unremarkable until his father, a U.S. Senator, is killed in a small-plane crash, leading him to question if his father’s death was a suicide or homicide?
Assisted by a woman investigator from the National Transportation and Safety Board, Matt begins his quest to learn the cause of his father's death. During his investigation, he finds himself drawn into the corrupt world of defense contractors and the inner-workings of the Pentagon. As Matt gets closer to the answer, he must balance the work of his law firm, the ethical dilemmas of defending a large pharmaceutical company in a wrongful-death case, and his feelings for his wife as he becomes emotionally closer to the woman in which he’s sharing his adventure.
“Writing a fiction book was something I always wanted to do,” Zucker said. “I wanted to tell a story in the context of the law, but that had some adventure, mystery and intrigue. It was fun to write and I hope people enjoy the story and the characters.”
The book also offers a nod to Zucker’s day job as a self-storage attorney. “For my friends in the self-storage industry, they’ll even find something about a delinquent self-storage unit,” he said.
Zucker originally had the book published with the goal of giving a few copies to friends and family. But when it became available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, he realized he had the opportunity to help a charity, the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. “I’m hoping that the interest in the book will lead to donations for the amazing cancer research and treatment that is happening at Winship and will help raise much needed funds,” he said.
Zucker is a partner in the Atlanta-based law firm Weissmann Zucker Euster Morochnik, P.C. He’s a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and the George Washington University School of Law. He and his wife Melanie have two children, Drew and Jack.
Published by Authorhouse Publishing, “Chain of Custody,” is available at Amazon.com and BN.com. Donations can also be made directly to Winship Cancer Institute via http://winshipcancer.emory.edu.