James Chandler

Sam Johnstone Legal Thrillers

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Misjudged

When a disabled veteran takes a new job as an attorney in a small Wyoming town, he is thrust into a mysterious murder case.


Sam Johnstone was hoping for renewal when he took a job at a boutique law firm in rustic Wyoming. The mountains and streams of the west would be a refreshing, quiet place to start over after years of war and turmoil in his personal life.


But after a local woman is brutally murdered, Sam realizes that things aren’t so quiet in this rural American town. The accused is one Tommy Olsen, a known delinquent who had been sleeping with the victim. Sam is repulsed by the crime and wants nothing to do with the case, but meets with Tommy to make sure he has legal representation.


Yet things are not as they seem.


What begins as a cut-and-dry case becomes infinitely more complicated as new facts are uncovered, and Sam agrees to serve as Tommy’s defense attorney.


With the killer’s identity still unknown, Sam is enveloped in the small-town politics and courtroom drama of a murder investigation that keeps getting more shocking.


But if Sam can’t uncover the truth, an innocent man might be punished...while the real killer watches from the shadows.


Praise for James Chandler:


“James Chandler’s experience as a lawyer and Army veteran shines in every page of his brilliant legal thrillers." —Jason Kasper, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Spider Heist


"Few seasoned authors can deliver what James Chandler has with his debut novel. I'm already waiting in anxious anticipation of his next installment." —Brian Shea, author of the Boston Crime Thriller series

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One and Done

When an all-star college athlete is charged with murdering a fellow student, attorney Sam Johnstone must solve a crime that isn’t as clear-cut as it appears.


“James Chandler’s experience as a lawyer and Army veteran shines in every page of his brilliant legal thrillers."—Jason Kasper, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Spider Heist


After an impressive performance in front of a full house, local college basketball stand-out Davonte Blair celebrates the victory with a few friends. But when a fierce argument over drugs ensues, the evening takes a violent turn—and one member of the group goes missing.


When police discover the body of the basketball team manager, the town turns into a tinderbox of emotions. The media is calling it a hate crime. The college president is desperate to avoid a scandal. And the police department is under intense pressure to solve the horrific case.


As defense attorney Sam Johnstone looks into the murder, the case grows even more complicated. Ronnie Norquist, the son of Sam’s longtime friend and law partner was the dead student’s roommate—and Ronnie was there the night his roommate disappeared.


His personal and professional worlds colliding, Sam can tell Ronnie knows more than he’s letting on. But what is it that Ronnie witnessed? And whose guilt does it prove?


In a case that’s full of circumstantial evidence and competing versions of truth, Sam must find out what really happened—before this college town tears itself apart.

False Evidence

After a fall-out with his business partner and a breakup with his girlfriend, lawyer Sam Johnstone thinks a long vacation might be just what the doctor ordered.


Before he can quit town Sam gets a call from Lucy Beretta, the wife of the missing local college president. With a shocking accusation against an acquaintance and a plea for protection, Lucy derails Sam's plans for a quiet escape.


But when her alleged attacker turns up dead, Lucy is charged with his murder—and Sam is appointed to represent her. As he struggles to prepare his defense, Sam discovers that Lucy is lying—about a lot of things. The facts are not in her favor, and to make matters worse, Lucy is also a suspect in her husband’s disappearance.


If Sam is successful, a guilty woman may go free—and if he’s not, he will have failed at his job. Facing a client who can’t seem to tell the truth, an aggressive prosecutor eager for a conviction, and an ethical dilemma of epic proportions, Sam faces his most challenging case yet.

About James Chandler

James Chandler spent his formative years in the western United States.  When he wasn’t catching fish or footballs, he was roaming centerfield and trying to hit the breaking pitch. After a mediocre college baseball career, he exchanged jersey No. 7 for camouflage issued by the United States Army, which he wore around the globe and with great pride for twenty years. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Oregon University and a Master's degree from Marshall University.  James earned his Juris Doctor after attending night school at the George Mason University School of Law.  When he isn’t working or writing, he’ll likely have a fly rod, shotgun or rifle in hand.  James and his wife are blessed with two wonderful adult daughters and one grandson.  He loves to hear from readers and can be reached at james@james-chandler.com.