An Alec Brno Novel
By Alan Hruska










February 2019

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ISBN 978-1-945551-40-6
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Pardon the Ravens
An Alec Brno Novel
October 2016
Hardcover ISBN 978-1-938849-40-4
Paperback ISBN 978-1-938849-88-6
ebook ISBN 978-1-938849-41-1

It Happened at Two in the Morning
November 2017
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-17-8
ebook ISBN 978-1-945551-07-9

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Seasoned New York lawyer Alec Brno is back—and this time, there’s double the trouble.

Alec Brno, first introduced in Pardon the Ravens, is tested again by overlapping personal and professional crises. Early on, he’s asked to rescue his firm’s oldest client, who is being sued vindictively by a giant public utility, as well as the firm’s largest client, embroiled in a politically motivated suit before a lunatic federal judge. To avoid crippling results, and the loss of more than 200,000 jobs, Alec must somehow get rid of both cases almost immediately and stop thousands of others from suing.

This seemingly impossible assignment arrives as Alec’s adopted sixteen-year-old daughter, the inheritor of a Mafia fortune, is targeted in a sex-slave scheme by her uncle, the capo famiglia. Distractions only intensify when Alec’s beautiful sister-in-law, who arrives from Dublin, looking and acting so much like his deceased wife, becomes a board piece in the Mob game. The Inglorious Arts follows Alec’s heroics as he deals with corporate intrigues, political maneuvering, two high-stakes courtroom battles, Mob terror, and the frantic race to save the lives of the women he loves.

Praise for
The Inglorious Arts

“Hruska’s lively follow-up to 2015’s Pardon the Ravens amps up the previous book’s mix of legal and Mafia shenanigans…. With that many balls in the air, the novel could go off the rails, but the fast pacing and frequent threats, legal and otherwise, keep it on course.”
Publishers Weekly

“Alec Brno is a magician whose specialty is making cases disappear… [A] well-executed legal thriller.”

About the Author

Alan Hruska is the author of the novels It Happened at Two in the Morning, Pardon the Ravens, and Wrong Man Running, the writer of several plays produced in New York and London, and the writer and director of the films Reunion, The Warrior Class, and, most recently, The Man on Her Mind. A New York native and a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, he is a former trial lawyer who was involved in the some of the most significant litigation of the last half of the twentieth century. The Inglorious Arts is his fifth novel.

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Praise for
Pardon the Ravens

“Vividly real and quite compelling… Hruska really knows how to write; fans of legal-thriller stars like John Grisham, John Lescroart, William Lashner, and especially Scott Turow will want to add this fine novel to their must-read lists.”
— Booklist

“With the backdrop of Mad Men–era New York, Pardon the Ravens never fears to get dirty with style. Alan Hruska brings it all—sounds, smells, tastes, and attitude—to life with passion. Bravo!”
Cara Black, author of the New York Times–bestselling Aimée Leduc series

“An erudite legal thriller.”
— Library Journal

“The plot rockets along.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“A legal thriller that keeps the reader guessing as to who will prevail. Brno is a great character, one you would want on your side at all times. And you’ve got to admire his girlfriend. She’s got guts…. Hruska rivals any of the other authors of legal thrillers.”

Praise for
It Happened at Two in the Morning

“With Alan Hruska you’re guaranteed a nonstop pace, witty dialogue and characters you care about. It Happened at Two in the Morning was my must-read thriller this year and—wow!—he delivered.”
Peter Lovesey, award-winning author of the Peter Diamond series

“A legal thriller that really thrills. It hits hard and you keep off balance until the last page. I couldn’t put it down.”
Phoef Sutton, New York Times–bestselling author of Heart Attack & Vine and 15 Minutes to Live