A Tug Wyler Mystery
Open Road Integrated Media
New York, New York
"What I've learned over the years is that every single event
is riddled with several versions of truth. It all depends on whom you
Being a personal-injury lawyer in New York City, Tug Wyler daily
meets challenges that keep his life fast-paced and anything but dull.
Being in the category as an ambulance chaser, he knows that he is
better than most lawyers in his business and that frequently he faces
ethical challenges not faced by other attorneys. This is what makes
him a successful and classy attorney.
There are always at least two challenges in his business. The
first is the honesty of the client. Are they believable? Does Tug
really have the complete report of the incident causing the injury?
What information has the client chosen not to tell him. The second
is the underhanded behind-the-scenes competition and cut throat of
other personal-injury attorneys in their attempt to make easy money.
It is common for lawyers to steal each others' clients in this
Tug is fortunate that he usually does not need to search for his
clients. He has HICS - Henry's injured criminals. Henry was an
extremely successful criminal defense attorney who committed legal
malpractice and can no longer acquire professional insurance needed
for his business. Henry chose Tug to continue his business. Even
though this is a consistent and constant income source for Tug, each
case has some element that isn't quite legal and somehow Tug has to
discover a way of smoothing over this wrinkle and winning the case
for the client. Of course, Henry receives a percentage in payment for
his referral. Their relationship is a win-win situation.
The latest case involves Cookie who is a longtime favored exotic
pole dancer at Jingles Dance Bonanza. Cookie has a charismatic charm
but has had difficulty dancing since her spine surgery three years
ago. She always uses some prop during her acts. What caused her
initial injury was the banana peel she had used as a prop.
Accidentally she slipped on it hurting herself at the conclusion of
her dance. Three surgeries and years later, she has horrendous
headaches that require a spinal tap to relieve the pressure on her
brain. She still wants to continue to dance and does so, even in a
neck brace, cartwheeling her way around the stage.
Cookie's Case is a
realistic fast-paced novel that is a mystery but the actual crime is
not revealed initially. The writing is addictive with pages flying.
The pacing is perfect with visual protagonists and antagonists,
family life concerns, and the ethical concerns of a personal-injury
The author, Andy Siegel is actually in the same business as his
protagonist, Tug, as a personal-injury and medical-malpractice
attorney in New York City.
Cookie's Case is the second in the Tug Wyler following
Suzy's Case. The first novel was named People.com's Best
Beach Reads in 2013.
This short concise novel is wonderfully written and a great
insightful glimpse into the legal community