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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Kerlak Enterprises, Inc. (May 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937035018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937035013
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,853,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Best selling author Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 20 novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes. She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris. Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on nonlethal weapons, developmental military technology and other defense and national security topics. Author and composer Chris Morris began writing music in 1966, fiction in 1984, and nonfiction in 1989. Much of his fiction and nonfiction literary work, including all of his book-length science fiction and fantasy, has been written in collaboration with his wife Janet Morris. He has contributed short fiction to the best selling series Thieves' World and Heroes in Hell. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Heads You Loose by Michael Z. Williamson.
Wayne Borean
I thought I'd read all of the hell books, so I was thrilled to find not one but two new hell books (I'm getting the other one this weekend)!
Linda Hartley
A wonderful collection of short stories continuing the greatest shared universe ever created.
Joseph A. Capdepon II

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Borean on December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
This review was originally posted on my website,[...]. I don't know why I didn't echo it here at the time, however I'm doing it now.

Wayne

*****

Much to my delight I was given a pre-release copy of Lawyers in Hell to review. I was disappointed that certain lawyers who I've written about in the past were inexplicably left out, but one cannot have everything.

What one can have is a lot of fun. The original review was written in two parts. On July 25, 2011 I finally got around to combining them into one piece. It's a lot neater. I really should have waited and done the review as one piece, but I was working against a time limit. The book was originally due out July 15th, then we found out that it was being shipped early, and well, Tempus Fugit.

This Is Hell

For those who are new to the series, it needs a bit of explaining. The series was originally launched by Janet Morris in 1986 with the book Heroes in Hell, and it was regarded as one of the greatest Shared Universe Fantasy series, being cited by Orson Scott Card in How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Unlike most books, the "Hell" series is about failure. This is after all Hell. Happily ever after isn't what you are going to get, and isn't what you will get. The people who you'll meet in Hell are not going to be nice people. Murderers, thieves, and scoundrels. Yes. Saints? No.

Of course murders, thieves and scoundrels do make for interesting protagonists. Very interesting protagonists. People like Gaius Julius Caesar were drawn to power in life. So was Cleopatra. Read any good translation of Josephus Flavius for a less than flattering view of the Egyptian queen.

The people in Hell are there for punishment.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Capdepon II on August 11, 2011
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A wonderful collection of short stories continuing the greatest shared universe ever created. Ever single story is a fun read. From Leo Champions 'Revolutionary Justice' where Che Guevera and Kurt Cobain try and ignite a rebellion to Jason Cordova's 'Injustice For All' where Marie Antoinette gets her just desserts. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Now I just need to find all the old Heroes in Hell books to add to my collection.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer on June 23, 2012
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A few things right off the bat about this title that you NEED to know. This book makes no attempt to "dumb down" any of its stories. If you are not well versed in the Humanities, some of the most exquisite references couched within may slip past. Since a very fine review has already given you a slice of each story and what to expect, I will simply focus on the whole.

This book is brilliantly written by a collection of writers, each with amazing voices. There a several who I now want to seek out and learn about individual works. I read this book in a day and a half of almost constant reading. And I will now be returning time and again to a few of my favorites.

I will also be going to my Google search to find out about some of the names I was not familiar with when it came to a few of the characters. Like I said...this is some deep and thought-provoking stuff. "Lawyers in Hell" is no casual read, rather, it is an experience. Breaking the mold of standard fantasy, this book combines the best of Dante (poor soul makes an appearance in these pages) and one of my all-time favorites, the Piers Anthony "Incarnations of Immortality" series...toss in a bit of deep literature references a la Jasper Fforde and the recipe is perfection.

Few books these days merit a re-reading. This one merits several. It is now my favorite book of 2012.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Convoke on June 22, 2011
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Lawyers in Hell marks the "malevolent return" of the ground-breaking Heroes in Hell series, which produced much mayhem, winning awards and disquieting the fatuous everywhere in the 1980s.

Lawyers in Hell is in essence a restart of the series: you don't need to have read the previous Heroes in Hell (HIH) books to enjoy this big, beautiful shared-universe anthology. But wait, it's not really just an anthology, or even just a shared-world adventure: the stories connect and intertwine and are framed by a brilliant new conceit: hell has landlords, who now host auditors sent down from Above because Hell has been getting too comfy. These spine-chilling auditors are in hell to make hell more hellish. And they do.

A great group of writers rise to the challenge of Hell: The humor is dark, the invention is fresh, and lawyers are everywhere, trying to protect the damned.

The greatest from history cower, scheme, and plot their way through this book, by turns funny, disquieting, and thought-provoking: Marilyn Monroe, Achilles, Alistair Crowley, Cleopatra, Napoleon, Lord Wellington, Julius Caesar, Lawrence of Arabia, Leonidas and his 300, Alexander the Great and more lawyers than you count make hell the place to be in a historical fantasy of great depth and invention. As the cover says, Janet Morris' Hell is the greatest shared universe of all times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MG on May 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I met a few of these talented, imaginative writers on Twitter and just had to read LAWYERS IN HELL. Not only do I love the title, I admire the vast array of captivating, short stories steeped with fantasy, history, dark humor and hoards of backstabbing lawyers who are most certainly paying the price BIG TIME.

I was hooked by the very first story, INTERVIEW WITH THE DEVIL, and enjoyed ORIENTATION DAY. All the stories are masterfully written and filled with unique, complex characters. The settings are vividly described, and I felt like I was in HELL. I highly recommend LAWYERS IN HELL. Twenty-two chilling, thrilling, dark, brilliant one of a kind tales I will not forget anytime soon.

Also, Wayne Borean's wonderful review is so descriptive and worth the time to read.

The AMAZING Authors of LAWYERS IN HELL: Janet Morris - Chris Morris - Sarah Hulcy - Nancy Asire - Michael Armstrong - C.J. Cherryh - Jason Cordova - Leo Champion - Deborah Koren - Allan F. Gillbreath - Bruce Durham - Michael H. Hanson - Richard Groller - Edward McKeown - David L. Burkhead - Kimberly Richardson - Michael Z. Williamson - Bradley H. Sinor - John Manning - Larry Atchley, Jr - Scott Oden
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