Biography

Lachlan Smith

Lachlan Smith is the Shamus Award-winning author of the Leo Maxwell series of mystery novels, which combine the elements of classic hardboiled PI novels with the courtroom thriller. An attorney specializing in civil rights and employment law, Smith obtained his law degree from UC Berkeley. He is also a former Richard Scowcroft Fellow in the Stegner Program at Stanford University, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell. Smith now lives with his family and practices law in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lachlan Smith

Books by Lachlan Smith

by Lachlan Smith - Fiction, Mystery

Leo Maxwell has left private practice and is working as a public defender in San Francisco. He and his co-counsel, Jordan Walker, are brilliantly defending Randall Rodriguez, a mentally ill homeless man whom they contend falsely confessed to the rape of a young San Francisco socialite. After their client is acquitted, Leo and Jordan fall into an intense relationship --- until Jordan is found brutally raped and murdered in her apartment. The story takes a shocking turn when Leo and Jordan's freshly acquitted client walks into the police station and offers to confess to Jordan's murder.

by Lachlan Smith - Fiction, Mystery

Faced with evidence of stunning prosecutorial misconduct, a San Francisco judge has ordered a new trial for the Maxwell brothers' father, Lawrence, who was convicted of killing their mother 21 years before. A prison snitch soon turns up dead, with Lawrence the only suspect, and Leo teams up with hotshot attorney Nina Schuyler to defend Lawrence against murder charges both old and new. Leo is forced to confront the darkness at the center of his life as he follows a trail of corruption and danger that leads to the very steps of City Hall.

by Lachlan Smith - Fiction, Mystery

When a mysterious woman nearly runs Leo Maxwell down, then appears at his office and asks him to defend her brother on a murder charge, Leo thinks he’s found the case that will make his name. One problem: he hasn’t actually met the client. And after taking a series of photographs that seem to blow the lid on corruption in the police department, Leo quickly learns that all is not as it seems --- beginning with the alluring woman who hired him.

by Lachlan Smith - Fiction, Mystery

Leo Maxwell’s older brother Teddy, a successful yet reviled criminal defense attorney, has been shot and lies in a coma. Leo quickly realizes that the list of possible suspects is much larger than he could have imagined. The deeper he digs into Teddy’s life, the more questions arise. Somewhere, the person who shot his brother is still on the loose, and there are many who would happily kill Leo in order to keep it that way.