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Fortunate Son

David Marlett

Fortunate Son

Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-61188-159-2

Story Plant paperback

ISBN: 978-1-61188-077-9

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61188-078-6

Publication date: February 25, 2014

348 pages


"A masterful blend of historical fact and detail of adventure and peril and courtroom drama. This rousing murder-mystery adventure that was the life of James Annesley and his battle to reclaim his stolen heritage in the precedent setting case of Annesley v Anglesea, also gives us the story of the first Kennedys in America.”

— Vincent Bugliosi, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Helter Skelter

Meet James Annesley, son of 18th Century Ireland. Though you may have never heard his name before, his story has already touched you in profound ways. Now, for the first time, novelist David Marlett brings that incredible story to life.

Stretching from the dirty streets of Ireland to the endless possibilities of Colonial America, from drama on the high seas with the Royal Navy to a life-and-death race across England and up the Scottish Highlands, from the prospect of a hangman’s noose to a fate decided in the halls of justice, Fortunate Son is a powerful, relentless epic. Here nobility, duels, love, courage, revenge, honor, and treachery among family, friends and ancient enemies abound. And at its center is the most momentous trial in Irish history – the trial of Annesley v. Anglesea from which our modern “attorney/client privilege” was forged, and our concept of a “jury of ones peers” was put to the test.

Carefully researched, vividly evoked, and lovingly brought to the page, Fortunate Son is an unforgettable work of fiction based on fact, one that will resonate deep within you long after you finish it.

About the Author...

David Marlett (edited)

David Marlett is an attorney, artist, and self-trained historian who grew up in a storytelling Texas family. He attended Texas Tech University where he earned multiple degrees in finance, economics and accounting. Subsequently, he earned his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He is also a photoartist (you can see some of his work at and an expert on crowdfunding. David occupies a unique place in popular fiction, as his novels focus on some of history’s most famous trials. Vincent Bugliosi, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter called Fortunate Son, “"A masterful blend of historical fact and detail of adventure and peril and courtroom drama.” David will follow this in the fall of 2014 with American Red, a novel about the legendary murder trial of deadly, one-eyed union boss “Big Bill” Haywood.

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