the first released of the 4 volume Drew Smith Series
is loosely based on DC's infamous 2003 Colonel Brooks Tavern murders.
Drew Smith is single, urbane, a good looking playa charming the ladies, clients and Judges alike all in the pursuit of justice. Drew Smith takes on shady clients solving cases fraught with danger and romantic intrigue. Haunted by nightmares foreshadowing an awakening reveals an empty life prodding Smith to find solace in the arms of his therapist. When death comes knocking Drew Smith faces the fight of his life.A break out novel Sleepless Nights abounds with despicable and lovable characters plus
all the universal elements:
love, sex, jealously, betrayal, murder and revenge.
It has a narrative depth that sets it apart from the current flood of Urban Fiction.
The author conveys a dark hardboiled view of the underside, sprinkled with sex and violence, elements that make the contemporary genre popular among the teen and 20 something as well as the mature readers looking for a well written hardboiled yarn with compelling characters.
"Sleepless Nights" is real life attorney Norwood Holland's debut. As an attorney, Holland obviously knows the technical details of the job and has a nice way of incorporating that into this tale without having readers asking for a recess. Through its pages, he brings life to Drew Smith, a well known, respected and sought after D.C. attorney. A robbery gone wrong results in three lives lost. Drew is brought in to defend a former client who happens to be the number one suspect.
"Sleepless Nights" is a promising debut. It was well written and smartly executed. Holland gives just enough to intrigue and maintain readers while holding back some to pique interest in continuing on with the series.
I've been looking, searching high and low. I had my flashlight out during the day. I've been trying my best to find another writer of AA legal thrillers, besides Pamela Samuels Young. I think I found him. His name is Norwood Holland.
From the Inside Flap
Sleepless Nights abounds with despicable and lovable characters.Trial attorney Drew Smith a solo practitioner takes on shady clients solving cases fraught with danger and romantic intrigue. Through Sleepless Nights the urban legal wizard while frolicking with an exotic dancer succumbs to a midlife crisis. Haunted by foreshadowing nightmares an awakening reveals an empty life but Smith finds solace with therapist Zöe Settles.In an already complicated life Smith is pressed into service when a vicious robbery leaves three dead and the city enraged. Drew Smith and his devoted sidekick Julio Mejia work to free his young client on the trail of a crazed gunman responsible for a growing body count. In the end, the gunman and the dancer combine forces to bring Smith down. When death comes knocking Drew Smith faces the fight of his life.