Lawyer pens novels that offer inside look at legal system

Mike Moran,  The Business Times:

Carroll Multz writes legal thrillers designed not only to entertain, but also offer an inside look at the judicial system.

“I kiddingly refer to my novels as textbooks disguised as novels,” says Multz, a retired Grand Junction trial lawyer who also works as an adjunct professor at Colorado Mesa University.

Caroll Multz

His first novel, titled “Justice Denied” is set in Steamboat Springs and features a bank manager charged with embezzling. The plot takes readers through a frameup by a colleague and the pre-emptive justice of a local chief of police.

In his latest novel, “Deadly Deception,” Multz focuses on a hidden love triangle in which Drew Quinlan, a trial attorney, defends Dr. Rolland Dawson, an orthopedic surgeon charged in the death of his wife — the same woman with whom the attorney had an affair.

The book is written to offer more than salacious drama.

In the introductory notes, Multz states: “The machinations and intricacies of trial strategy and trial secrets will be revealed to show the legal profession as it really is — a profession of competent, devoted, creative and vigilant advocates committed to the advancement of the ideals of our whole system of justice.”

Multz draws on the experiences of a 40-year legal career in which he served as a trial lawyer, two-term district attorney and municipal judge.

Multz served as District Attorney for the 14th Judicial District in Colorado and was named outstanding district attorney for the state in 1978. He also served as chairman of the Colorado Bar Association.

Multz has been involved in cases ranging from municipal courts to the U.S. Supreme Court. His high-profile cases have been reported in the New York Times and Redbook Magazine as well as on the “20/20” television program.

His experiences include a case in which he successfully defended a woman who killed her husband by presenting evidence she acted in response to battering by her husband. It was the first such case to successfully use such a defense. Multz also prosecuted a member of the Mafia.

“I always try to do what’s right. Always have,” he says. “I had a lot of threats, but that did not deter me.”

At Colorado Mesa University, Multz teaches courses in journalism law and ethics and advanced law and ethics.

As is the case with many college professors, Multz continually works to add to his list of published works. Unlike many full-time professors, he’s not required to do so because of the profession. He does so because he feels compelled to write books that help readers understand the legal system.

Multz has authored or co-authored nine books and technical manuals.

Multz has completed three more novels and hopes to see those published and distributed in the coming years.

“Deadline Deception” fulfills a promise Multz made to his late wife, Rhonda, who died of cancer. “It’s dedicated to Rhonda’s memory,” he says. “We worked together on the first novel.”