The Devil's Courthouse

A Southern Thriller

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The Devil Returns!!!

Posted by Lawrence on March 23, 2015 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Coming this spring from Holladay House Publishing is the latest version of The Devil's Courthouse. I am very excited about the renewal of this novel and look forward to being out on the road to promote it once again. It will be officially re-released May 2015. It will have a new cover, new ISBN and an excerpt of Spearfinger, the follow-up novel to the The Devil's Courthouse slated to arrive in 2017. Thanks again for everyone's support! 

The Tide is Rising

Posted by Lawrence on August 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Good news! My latest southern thriller, Tidal Pools, is going to be published. I am very fortunate to be associated with Evening Post Books out of Charleston, SC as my new publisher. I am working with their editorial board now and we are planning a summer 2012 release for Tidal Pools. As more develops on the new book, I will certainly let all of you know. There is also a possibility that EPB will soon retain the rights to The Devil's Courthouse which could mean a possible new fusion of energy into the marketing and availability of the novel. I have high hopes for a long-lasting relationship with EPB as they have also expressed interest in Spearfinger, the Cherokee-centric follow-up to The Devil's Courthouse of which I am presently writing. My on-going thanks to all of you who have supported the novel over the past year. And a final reminder, I will be in Cherokee August 6th at Bearmeats Indian Den for another book signing of The Devil's Courthouse if you'd like to stop by.

Thanks again, everyone!


Harvest Moon Report

Posted by Lawrence on November 11, 2010 at 8:34 PM Comments comments (3)

It's been an extremely busy fall and I would like to thank all of my friends and readers who have helped to make it such a wonderful time. I especially want to thank Malaprops in Asheville, City Lights in Sylva, Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville and Bearmeats indian Den in Cherokee for the warm and gracious receptions they provided me for the various presentations and signings over the last couple of weeks. I also want to thank my friends at Swift Books in Orangeburg, SC for their continued support and for providing another signing opportunity on November 13th. The book continues to sell well and is still receiving good reviews from critics abroad. The latest review comes from Joshua Simcox at WNC Magazine and can be located in the News and Reviews section of this webpage. I am presently working on two new mystery-thrillers which I hope to have out soon. Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions.


Heading to Asheville

Posted by Lawrence on July 12, 2010 at 8:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Malaprop's in Asheville will be hosting a book signing for The Devil's Courthouse on July 31st  at 7:00 pm. I would love it for anyone who happens to be in the area to stop by for the presentation and signing. This is a good showcase for the novel as Malaprop's is the largest independent bookstore in the area and steadily provides great exposure for the novels they promote. I'm still working with other stores about signings as well but it is a frustrating process. I have come to accept the fact that the novel's release will have to be at a slow but steady pace. I have also heard from Cherokee recently. They would like to do some kind of promtional tie-in too. I may even get to meet the chief of the Eastern Band and present him with a copy which would be exciting. On August 3rd I will be doing a presentation in Mrytle Beach and I will of course let you know about others as they are scheduled. If anyone knows of a book club or venue that may want to hear about the novel please let me know. Again, thanks for everyone's support.  

The First Review

Posted by Lawrence on May 8, 2010 at 5:22 PM Comments comments (3)

I have to admit, knowing that the first official review for the novel was coming out had me a little on the nervous side. To this point, most of those who have read the book have all been very generous in their positive comments (thank you, thank you), but I was still worried what the mainstream reviewers were going to say. A few days ago, I also received nice emails from Ken Burger (Post and Courier columnist, author of Swallow Savannah) and Charles McCain (author of An Honorable German)  and their words helped to ease my apprehension a bit. But the review from Rob Neufeld of the Asheville Citizen-Times, which came out today, had sizable weight. Because of his position in the Asheville community and his connection to all the media hubs in WNC, his review had the potential to make or break the book for this very important marketing area. I'm happy to say that his review (albeit a short one) is mostly positive. There are a few criticisms I could take umbrage with, but for a first time novelist like myself, I shouldn't complain. Hopefully, with PA's new deal with Baker and Taylor, the internet venues (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) will soon start to list the novel and more reviews will start coming in.  There should also be reviews coming up in the Mountain Xpress, the Mountaineer, Smoky Mountain News, and later this summer -- a piece in WNC Magazine. Everyone keep your fingers crossed and thanks for your continued support.


To read the new review as well as Burger's and McCain's comments, click on News and Reviews. 

May 2nd Update

Posted by Lawrence on May 2, 2010 at 8:28 PM Comments comments (2)

This message was sent to The Devil's Courthouse Group on Facebook. I thought it appropriate to post as a blog here as well.


Hello, everyone. I just wanted to give a quick update on what is happening with The Devil’s Courthouse. First, let me say, how truly honored I am that so many of you have decided to join this group dedicated to the novel. It really has been an eye-opener in terms of the response, and I can’t thank you enough. It has been great making contact with my friends and family and especially reconnecting with so many of my former students. Secondly, the novel’s official release date is today May 2nd. This is the day most major venues should have the novel ready for purchase. Unfortunately, my new wholesaler, Baker and Taylor, has just completed an overhaul of their catalogue and it still may take a few days to see the novel listed on such sites as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. If you are members of these sites, please continue to try them over the next couple of days -- it should be appearing shortly. Also, in addition to the recent article in the Times and Democrat, the novel is going to be featured and/or reviewed in several publications over the next few weeks. Because of the novel’s setting, most of these media are centered in western NC (The Mountaineer, The Mountain Xpress, The Asheville Citizen-Times, WNC Magazine, etc). Once these publications go live, I will link them to the novel’s website (keep your fingers crossed that the reviews are positive). Most of you are aware of the first book signing at Swift Books in the Orangeburg Mall June 3rd. We are also working on signings at stores in Brevard, Waynesville, Charlotte, Cherokee, and several bookstores in Asheville. I will not be making these signings as separate events on Facebook, but I will let you know the dates when they are to occur. And finally, I have been encouraged by the response of some the “in the know” people in publishing and if there is any measure of success to this novel, I will certainly be looking to begin work on the second one. Again, I just want to thank everyone in this group for their continued support and I thank each of you for visiting the novel’s website. You are welcome to leave comments here in the guestbook and give your personal review if you’d like. Also, those who wish to purchase the novel, can do so directly through a link to the publisher. Thanks for helping to get the ball rolling -- I hope everyone has a great day!



(Mr. T.)

Book Signing

Posted by Lawrence on March 31, 2010 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (2)

The first book signing for The Devil's Courthouse will be held June 3rd (Thursday) at Swift Books in the Orangeburg Mall. The event is part of the store's one year anniversary and will begin around 11:00 am. Denmark artist Jim Harrison will also be there signing his work as part of the festivities. Hope ya'll can make it!

Novel Release Update

Posted by Lawrence on March 17, 2010 at 8:53 PM Comments comments (0)

Many of you who ordered a copy through the website could be seeing the novel within the next couple of days. The official release is still May 2nd. That is when all major venues will have it available. Those of you in the hometown who do not want to order through the mail can get a copy from me at anytime now. Just give me or Joni a call and we will be happy to get it to you. Again, thanks to all of you for your support.

Shout Outs!

Posted by Lawrence on March 12, 2010 at 10:17 PM Comments comments (0)

To my in-laws. Kevin and Teresa have been so great in giving advice about how to get my book out there -- appreciate it guys. And to my brother Phil for passing the word to the beach area -- a lot of hits on the Facebook page from MB area -- thanks. And to Chris and B thanks for the support. I think I married the right gal.  

Official Release Date

Posted by Lawrence on March 12, 2010 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Hello everyone. PA expects the official release date to be May 2nd. That usually indicates the time it will be available on all the net markets, Amazon B&N etc. Those who ordered from PA may get their copy before that date. Please contact me if you are confused by any of this. I know I am sometimes....