BEHIND THE BOOKS
Meet Tug Wyler, whose always unpredictable cases thrust readers headfirst into the emotionally charged high-stakes arena of medical malpractice and personal injury law. You’ll find it hard to resist watching the determined and wily Tug as he fights back on behalf of those clients whose desperate causes become his own.
Enterprising, dedicated and irreverent, Tug’s a legal crusader to cheer on, especially when his pursuit of justice turns out to be a dangerous high-wire act. Even against the toughest of odds, he manages to keep his balance—by hook or by crook. With the crooks themselves paying the price.
About the author: Andy is a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney in New York City. After graduating from Tulane University in 1985, he went on to receive his JD from Brooklyn Law School in 1988. He serves on the board of directors of the New York Trial Lawyers Association and lives in Westchester County, New York.
Suzy’s Case is Andy’s debut novel. This Brooklyn tale featuring off-beat New York lawyer Tug Wyler was a People.com Best Beach Read Selection 2013; a Poisoned Pen Bookstore Best Debut Novel selection 2012; a Suspense Magazine Best Books of 2012 selection; and selected for Conversations Book Club Top 100 Books of 2012. Andy is looking forward to entertaining readers with more of Tug’s unpredictable and antic mystery adventures. Next up, Cookie’s Case. Goodreads – Website
The Tug Wyler Mysteries by Andy Siegel
What is your favorite childhood book? My favorite childhood book is Watty Pipers, The Little Engine That Could. This book had such a profound effect on my childhood, that I found myself repeating the mantra “I think I can” whenever faced with a difficult life challenge. So deep and intense was its influence that I still possess the book itself, which has been in my possession since I was five years old. In fact, the first two words of my debut novel, Suzy’s Case (Scribner), are “Little Suzy,” the “little” being a subtle reference to the The Little Engine That Could. If you have any doubt about this statement, just read halfway down page one:
Little Suzy is lying in a Brooklyn hospital bed fevered and weakened. If her temperature were heating a pot you’d hear the high-pitched tone of a whistling teakettle. That’s why her six-year-old frame is on top of the dingy white sheets and not under them.
If her lungs were a train engine you’d hear puff, puff . . . chug, chug with the internal dialogue of her autonomic nervous system repeating, I think I can . . . I think I can.
Her heart, meanwhile, is in tachycardia, thumping boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom, nearly twice its normal rate.
Whistle, puff, puff, chug, chug, boom-boom. Whistle, puff, puff, chug,
chug, boom-boom. Not good.
I am a courtroom litigator in my day job. Most of the time compassionately representing courageous survivors of traumatic brain injury on whose behalf I refuse to give up until achieving an outcome fully satisfying to my sense of justice. In fact, the motto of my law firm on our printed material influenced by the little engine is, We Never Give Up.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters? When this occurs, I thank them for being themselves. If they inspire a character, it’s usually because of their unacceptable behavior or off way they view the world. At least, from my point of view.
Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice? I can’t say I view writing as a “spiritual practice,” but I do lose myself in the work when I’m authoring a novel. My day job as a litigator in the hotbed and high stakes arena of plaintiff’s medical malpractice in New York City is like living in a pressure cooker. So I truly look forward to tuning myself out to the world around me when I do my writing.
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? The present moment is generally the period of time in my life that I find myself writing within. Usually, it’s when I’m inspired by what’s going on around me at my law office. Though I will say, there have been times when the facts and circumstances surrounding a medical malpractice case that I’ve handled in the past are so compelling, that they hang around in the corner of my mind until some story appears onto my laptop screen. This was the circumstance with Nelly’s Case, which was inspired by a case I handled where a young girl was caused to sustain an overdose by a dentist unlicensed and unauthorized to employ anesthesia.
Andy Siegel’s Tug Wyler Mystery Series is a fast-paced mystery series that does not disappoint. This legal mystery series centers around a personal injury attorney who is highly respected and well accomplished in his career. Also, eager to help he soon finds a series of clients that mystifies him. This causes an intriguing and drama filled story with many twists to ensue. A series that is full of mystery that is sure to capture your attention and draw you into a world of unknowns were each case is even more mysterious than the last. Overall, Andy Siegel’s Tug Wyler Mystery Series is the perfect read for anyone who loves a good mystery with a surprising ending. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**