About William Coughlin

William Jeremiah Coughlin was born in 1929 and lived in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan with his wife, Ruth, who was also an author and a book critic.

William Coughlin was the popular author of novels such as as The Twelve Apostles, Her Father's Daughter, Her Honor and Shadow of a Doubt and creator of character Charley Sloan.

He also wrote Cain's Chinese Adventure and The Mark of Cain under the pseudonym Sean A. Key.

William Coughlin was a former defence attorney and a United States administrative judge in Detroit for twenty years. This experience as a judge inspired his law and courtroom themed thrillers with authenticity and he was a best selling novelist of his time. He died in 1992, but several more novels were published posthumously.

A consummate storyteller, Coughlins earlier books are now less well known than his series of Courtroom Thrillers with the main character Detroit attorney, Charley Sloan. A thrice-married, recovering alcoholic, Charley Sloan lost his practice, his wives, and his fortune due to booze.

Coughlin skillfully writes fine characterizations with a sensitive touch, giving his characters quiet insights in times of unanticipated tragedy.

After the death of the award-winning author Coughlin, Walter Sorrels, a fine mystery writer in his own right, began writing more courtroom thrillers starring Charley Sloan, staying true to the character, and writing excellent courtroom scenes.

In his final work, In the Presence of Enemies, William J. Coughlin combined an insightful look into the US legal system with a beautifully crafted authentic and powerful legal drama with twists and surprises right up to its stunning conclusion.

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