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Thrills and Romance in Compelling, Suspenseful Stories.


Background Information

"Why would you change careers from law to writing?" is a question I'm often asked. The truth is that I'm a writer who enriched my sense of the world by becoming a lawyer and then, finally, the success of my books allowed me the joy of writing full time.

Deep within my DNA has always been the urge to create and tell a story . . . and then another . . . and then another.  I started in Fourth Grade and never stopped. At college I majored in English and continued even while working as a lawyer. Having my first novel published in the U.S. and internationally was a spur and a confirmation that my story-telling obsession could find an audience.

I've now arranged to publish my novels as e-books in new editions with new material and new introductions.  The first was my legal thriller A QUESTION OF PROOF http://amzn.to/VjmDzX, a book that readers have always loved, as much for its characters as for its suspense and its powerful, surprise ending. In fact it has been called, "A masterpiece of suspense!"  I've updated it and added new material so as to provide as much enjoyment to my new readers as I hope the original version did. 

DEEDS http://amzn.to/15fBb7T is the story of a dynamic real-estate developer about to undertake construction of the world's tallest building who, because of secrets buried deep in their families' entangled history must marry a women's rights activist who hates everything he stands for.

BIRTHRIGHT http://amzn.to/SoKTNZ is an international bestseller that women, in particular, have told me they love.  It's the saga of a strong, brilliant woman in conflict with her scheming father for control of their family's legendary bank.while in love with two men who hold the keys to her mysterious past.

STALKING THE SKY http://amzn.to/VjmDzX is a thriller that follows a dynamic, young lawyer as he tries to track down the killer destroying his airline's 747s in flight while also struggling to stop a ruthless corporate raider from seizing the company.

Raving about my Hollywood TV novel STAR TIME http://amzn.to/TjjDSX. Regis Philbin said, "Amiel has [television] all together...the intrigue, the tension, the long hard climb, and the quick fall. It's all there, plus a terrific love story. You'll never look at television the same way again." 

Birth Place
New York, NY USA
Accomplishments

AIN'T THAT LIFE, my comedy-mystery web series, won laurels at the Best Shorts Film Festival and the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival. My screenplay GAMES was named best script at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival and won honors as well at the Charleston International Film Festival.

Additional Information

A theme running through my books is my sense that people's lives are formed not only by their childhoods and the events of their lives, but by their family history and often its secrets. I’m fascinated by the ways in which the desires, ambitions, and personality traits unique to one generations’ characters and their eras become manifested in unexpected ways in ensuing generations. DEEDS, for one, embodies in full several themes I often find weaving themselves through my novels: how the dynamics of family life shape identity and how one generation often unconsciously imprints itself on the next, with the dreams and sins of parents emerging in new forms in their children and the children who come after. Those elements are embodied in the lives of DEEDS’ major protagonists, the third generation of two intertwined families. Ralph Behr, is a charismatic and visionary NYC real estate developer ambitious to build the world’s tallest buildings. Gail Benedict, fiercely moral and independent, detests what she assumes she knows about Ralph. Because of secrets buried in their fathers’ lives, even their grandfathers', they must enter into a sham marriage that forces them together for the two years that must pass until their divorce will raise no suspicions. Because the book stands on the bedrock of my family background, although Ralph and Gail’s story is not my own, its themes and characters resonate personally for me. I found myself slipping in small pieces of my own history. My father came to America as a boy with his father. Although he said that their first day in America and their reunion with Nissim, his roguish uncle, who appears in the book, was not quite as I depicted Raphael’s, he understood the transformations necessary to create a better story. In a small way this updated version of DEEDS honors my father. When Ralph wanders through Saratoga’s Museum of Racing during a charity event, he comes upon the exhibit for the 1951 Kentucky Derby winner, Count Turf. The colt’s owner was my father, who believed both in his horse and the jockey, although no one else did. When Count Turf galloped to an easy four-length victory, my father achieved his personal American dream and became a part of the history of a sport he loved. Years later, on a different Derby day, ESPN paid tribute to him and Count Turf in a piece about them and their victory. The narrator was the legendary sportscaster Jack Whittaker, who recalled that his interest in horse racing was initiated by reading the newspaper report of the race. He called it “the essential Kentucky Derby story.” Thinking as I am about the effects and ironies of a family’s past that materialize in its future, I’m reminded of an incident in my own life. In our family’s tradition, my son is named after his grandfather. When he was eight years old, I informed him that I had decided to become a full-time writer. Worriedly and very practically, he proceeded to interrogate me as to whether I could support our family pursuing that precarious profession. Ironically, he grew up to be a writer, in his case of movies and TV shows. I hope I’m around long enough to see enough of the life journeys of his and my daughter’s children to satisfy my curiosity as to how their lives will evolve. And I certainly hope that my wife, to whom the book is lovingly dedicated, is by my side. A QUESTION OF PROOF likewise incorporates much of my own family's background in the background of the protagonist, Dan Lazar, a touch, street-smart lawyer in love with a Philadelphia socialite who is suspected of having murdered her husband and implores Dan to defend her. But he isn't sure that she's innocent. For the launch of A QUESTION OF PROOF, I drew on my film-making experience to create a video book trailer, which aims to capture the essence of the book's drama. It is available here and on YouTube and my website JosephAmiel.com. To dwell on only one more of my books, BIRTHRIGHT, an international bestseller, is the story of a woman adopted into a fabulously wealthy British banking family who fights her treacherous father for control of the bank, which is hers by right and comes to America to build her own fortune. She is in love with two men who hold keys to her mysterious past hidden in an earlier generation of her family: one is a British nobleman and the other a U.S. entrepreneur. Also linked to events in the past is a mystery at the heart of STALKING THE SKY, my latest thiller to be launched as an ebook. That secret changes everything as the story moves toward its powerful surprise ending.

Favorite Links

JosephAmiel.com
A place to learn more about me and about my novels and my other work, including several blogs. Here, took is the link that brings you to my award-winning comedy-mystery web series, AIN'T THAT LIFE.






Books by
Joseph Amiel



Stalking the Sky

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A Question of Proof

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Deeds

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Birthright

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Star Time

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