Minneapolis lawyer writes one of best political thrillers you'll ever read.

Bert Black is a Minneapolis lawyer who’s followed a peripatetic path to writing. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC, and when he went off to college in 1964 he figured he’d eventually become a history professor and write popular history books. Thing was, he needed to finish college first, and didn’t even get through his freshman year. He hit the road doing odd jobs and farm work until the draft finally caught up with him, and he found himself in the Marines and in Vietnam.

When he returned to the States and left the Marines he decided to pursue something more practical and remunerative than history writing, so he studied civil engineering at the University of Maryland and Georgia Tech. Upon graduation with an MS from Tech he went to work for an Atlanta consulting firm as a hydrologist. He also taught a hydraulic design course part time at Tech. But he hadn’t quite kicked the writing bug, and after working with a couple of lawyers on their cases decided another change in profession might be in order. He now wonders what the hell he was thinking, but he has no better explanation.

Black began his studies at Yale Law School in 1979, and while there, taught part time for a year at the Forestry School. He graduated in 1982 and went to work for a major corporate law firm in Baltimore, where he specialized in environmental law. Within less than five years he also became one of the leading authorities in the country on scientific and expert evidence and wrote two key articles on the subject. In the early 1990’s the Supreme Court decided three landmark cases on how judges should deal with science and experts, and they favourably cited his publications several times.

All was well in his world until his law firm went out of business. He moved to Texas to join another firm and a few years later shifted to doing plaintiff instead of defense work; probably what he should have done all along. While in Texas he was an adjunct instructor at the Southern Methodist University Law School. In 2005, Black accepted a position in Minnesota, law firm of Schaefer Halleen where he resides today. Now semi-retired, he nonetheless continues to actively handle consumer protection, product liability, and employment law cases.

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In 2002, Black began writing stories based on several of his cases. He later met a fellow lawyer who was a dyed-in-the-wool devotee of Ayn Rand and her book Atlas Shrugged. He vowed to one day write an anti-Rand, anti-Tea party novel. Impeachment Day is the result.