“These three stories are a comical and at times irreverent foray into the underbelly of personal injury and criminal defense law in Atlanta by a gifted writer and a first rate raconteur, who happens to also be a personal injury and criminal defense lawyer who has practiced in Athens, Georgia for 25 years. Crowe's stories introduce the reader to a wide variety of characters this type of trial lawyer might meet in his or her practice, including not only judges, prosecutors, other defense lawyers, insurance agents and police officers, but also—as the name suggests—murderers, madmen and lunatics. Even though I'd never hire Johnny Mercury, I can't wait for the next batch of stories in the series.”
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Welcome to Round 1 of the Johnny Mercury Series, Murderers, Madmen and Lunatics. Round 1 consists of three stories, “Burdens of Proof,” “Bug Man” and “Freddy B.” Johnny Mercury is an Atlanta personal injury lawyer who also practices criminal defense and is a fictitious character who makes an appearance in all the stories. Mercury has been a lawyer for over three decades and he’s somewhat sleazy, somewhat lazy and somewhat greedy—others in the Atlanta bar refer to him as an “ambulance chaser.” The pinnacle of his legal career was when his photograph was on the back cover of the Atlanta phone book.
Mercury doesn’t play a starring role in all the stories, but instead the stories are a comical look at characters who pass through Mercury’s world in some form or fashion, many of whom, as the title suggests, are murderers, madmen and lunatics. The stories are at times absurd, at times grotesque, and at times comical. I did not want to write regular, run of the mill type stories, but wanted to do something a little different—I hope I have succeeded. The plan for the Johnny Mercury Series is to publish a new round of stories each year and I hope you enjoy the first three. Special thanks to Brian Berger for reading and commenting on my first three stories. —David Crowe
The three stories in the book Murderers, Madmen and Lunatics, and the sundry assortment of characters in the stories, have their genesis in persons I have met during my legal career and events I have been a part of, witnessed, read about or heard about, but the nonfiction stops there. I have conflated, exaggerated and imagined each character and each story to the point where they no longer resemble even remotely any actual person or incident, but instead, conform to Johnny Mercury’s imagined reality. Any resemblance to any lawyer, judge, prosecutor, policeman, banker, beggar or thief is purely coincidence.