CBS Television Studios optioned Suzy’s Case for development of a one-hour prime-time television show. They hired writer Chris Murphey (Body of Proof, ABC Television; The Karate Kid), who wrote the pilot script with Andy as creative consultant. The motion picture rights have reverted back to the author.

Best Beach Reads and Other Vacation Book Finds

Suzy’s Case was selected as a Best Beach Read. To read the article, click here.

Suzy’s Case was selected as a Suspense Magazine Best Book. To read the entire feature, click here.

Suzy’s Case was selected as a Poisoned Pen Bookstore Best Debut Novel. Suzy’s Case was among 24 novels selected from the US, UK and Canada for the Poisoned Pen Bookstore First Mystery Club. Poisoned Pen, founded in Scottsdale, AZ, 1989, is one of the country’s most influential mystery hubs. To honor Poisoned Pen and her contribution to the genre, its owner, Barbara G. Peters, was presented with an Edgar Allan Poe Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 2001.

Suzy’s Case named in 10 mysteries that thrilled Carole E. Barrowman. Barrowman praised these mysteries in her column.

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A tip of the hat from My Bookish Ways: Suzy’s Case is recognized in Top 5 Books of 2012

Suzy’s Case was selected for Conversations Book Club: Top 100 Books of 2012

July 26, 2010 interview

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“Tug Wyler is accustomed to giving the New York Bar a run for its money. Another day, another allegation of malpractice, yet he always seems to find his way out. He’s a passionate advocate for his clients, who are often from the unseemly side of life. Many of his cases trickle down from Henry Benson, a high-profile criminal-defense attorney known for defending unsavory characters. So it’s a little odd when Benson hands Tug a case involving getting unhired by the family of Suzy, a girl with sickle-cell anemia whose negligent care apparently resulted in severe brain damage. The trouble is that what happened to Suzy was unpreventable and not the fault of the hospital. It takes a sophisticated argument to get out of such a case, and Tug is just the guy to make it. But as he learns more about Suzy’s care and meets Suzy’s impressive mother, he uncovers dark secrets concerning the hospital, its administration, and certain staff. Resourceful, funny, and thoroughly antiestablishment, Tug makes an ideal protagonist; let’s hope this debut novel is the start of a series.”

Mary Frances Wilkens

“The plot twists keep coming in this legal thriller by Siegel, a first-time author who calls on his own experience as a personal injury and malpractice lawyer.”

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“The story reveals the main character’s good side–a passion for justice and the heart to help a disabled little girl.”

Trial, review by Gale D. Pearson. Click here to read complete review.

“What can compare to the pleasure of discovery? To the joy of reading an author’s debut novel and finding a unique voice and talent? And if that new author comes with authority in terms of subject matter, so much the better. This month we consider three debut crime novels by writers who write what they know; that is, their professional backgrounds include exposure to or experience with law and law enforcement.

Andy Siegel, a New York City personal injury and malpractice lawyer, introduces Tug Wyler in his debut Suzy’s Case and Wyler shares both his creator’s profession and location as he tackles a variety of cases, including that of a young girl who suffers severe brain damage while under hospital care. Wyler is a feisty, appealing character (except in his utter surrender to his shrewish wife).”

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“A book that will make people sit up and take notice. This author, who is a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney, certainly knows his subject and will dazzle the reader more than once with his expertise.”

Suspense Magazine

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“Wyler will remind legal thriller fans of Joseph Teller’s Jaywalker (see The Tenth Case), as he thrives to do the right thing regardless of personal costs. The engaging storyline is fast-paced …. the cast is top rate starting with the wisecracking Wyler who enjoys busting the chops of righteous shitheads in power, the caring mom and especially Suzy.”

Harriet Klausner

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“Suzy’s Case is the first of a series that will feature the street-smart, imaginative and fearless justice seeker Tug Wyler . . . . Tug is a medical malpractice lawyer who is drawn into a case concerning a tragically brain-damaged 6-year-old girl. . . . Passionately committed to winning justice for the brave little girl and her beautiful mother, Tug becomes embroiled in wild, unpredictable and violent scenarios all while he unravels the maze of secrets behind what really happened . . . . This thriller is a page turner that you won’t want to put down until the very end.”

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“Siegel, a medical malpractice attorney, has set himself a difficult task here and he succeeds hands down . . . .”

Bob Smith

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Praise from Edgar-winning author Thomas H. Cook:

“Every scar has a story. So says Tug Wyler, and he should know. Wyler hustles a living in the dog-eat-dog world of personal injury law in New York City. But when he accepts “Suzy’s Case,” her scars become his. The result is a taut insider’s tale, told with both wit and tenderness. Andy Siegel has reached deep into the well where law and heart mingle, and from it, retrieved a winner.”

Thomas H. Cook, Edgar Award-winning author

Suzy’s Case is an unforgettable journey, a story of hope and horror. The characters are so real you come to believe in them. It’s like reading the story behind the headlines, but with a personal stake in the outcome. You are alternately charmed and horrified, but it is difficult to understand the truth. . . . a wonderful addition to your library, and a great book for a reading club, Suzy’s Case has been one of my favorite books of the year.

Blocgcritics, review by Leslie Wright. Click here to read complete review.

Just in from England:

“Andy Siegel bravely ventures into the unexplored and much maligned area of personal injury law in an enthralling debut novel in which we see Tug Wyler, his empathetic attorney, work against the clock to uncover a disturbing medical conspiracy surrounding Suzy. The result is an offbeat, sharp-witted thriller that takes its place halfway between Robert Harris and Michael Crichton.”

Christopher Fowler is the award-winning author of the Peculiar Crimes Unit mysteries

There are lots of twists and turns in this one, plenty of thrills, and perfect for when you want something funny in between darker reads. This debut is pure fun and I’ll look forward to Tug’s next case!

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Josh Bazell, New York Times bestselling author and MD, says: 

“Anyone who can write a thriller this breezy and fascinating about medical malpractice law is someone to keep track of, ideally with a device.”

Bazell’s Beat the Reaper was one of TIME’s ten best novels of 2009.

Right from the git-go, I think Andy Siegel’s Tug Wyler will be the protagonist of a series of page-turning, information packed thrillers. I hope so!

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If you enjoy legal thrillers, be sure to put this one on your “must read” list. I read the book in 2 sittings. Yes, it was that good. Highly recommended.

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“… if you’d rather find thrills in legal briefs, then Andy Siegel’s debut Suzy’s Case is my pick for you. Despite personal injury attorney Tug Wyler’s rants about how “the truth carries little weight in legal proceedings” and his admission he accepts cases for the “money, the whole money, and nothing but the money,” Tug’s a romantic. He’s all about the truth. Suzy Williams has been severely brain-damaged since an “unfortunate event” in a Brooklyn hospital when she was 6. Tug inherits the case from a disbarred colleague. At first because of the persistence of Suzy’s mother and then his own doggedness (also his kidnapping and assault), Tug uncovers what really happened to little Suzy. Legal thrillers depend on the pacing of a trial and the reveals of evidence to build suspense. Siegel, himself a lawyer, uses both, but he also takes the law to the streets, to Tug’s high-maintenance wife and to the offices of a medical expert. Suzy’s Case is likely to get compared to Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer. It’s a fine comparison.”

Paging Through: Mysteries
By Carole E. Barrowman, Special to the
Journal Sentinel, July 13, 2012 

Siegel’s character development and clever dialogue will keep your eyes glued to the pages of this well-written novel!

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Suzy’s Case (Scribner) by debut novelist Andy Siegel is a knockout — smart, sensitive, significant and in spots laugh-out-loud funny.

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Andrew W. Siegel is also an insider writing about a field in which he’s an expert. In SUZY’S CASESiegel employs the knowledge he’s gained as a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney in New York to create Tug Wyler. Wyler is, to say the least, a different kind of lawyer, whose motto is “at least I admit it.” The title character is Tug’s client, Suzy Williams, a brain-damaged little girl with a very attractive mother. Author Siegel best describes his hero and his writing style, “…a rule-bending, high-tension conflict during the course of which you’ll laugh in spite of yourself…while never knowing what’s going to happen next. Like me, Tug’s the kind of street-smart, push-it-to-the-limit lawyer you’d want on your side when the worst has happened.”

Michall Jeffers, Women Around Town

5.0 out of 5 stars Author Andy Siegel Make His Strong Literary Debut with SUZY’S CASE
C. A. Webb “Conversations Book Club” (Jackson, MS)

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5.0 out of 5 stars. “If you grab this book, it will grab you back. More than worth the read.”

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Meritorious Mysteries

Readers learn what happened to Suzy long before personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Tug Wyler does. It’s a medical mistake of life-changing proportions—six-year-old Suzy is in the hospital related to her sickle cell disease. When she leaves, she has irreparable brain damage. As Tug begins his fight for the very special young girl (and her beautiful mother), he has no idea how many obstacles he’ll encounter—nor the diversity of the help he’ll receive in working for Suzy.

While this is labeled a “legal thriller,” most of the thrills take place out of the courtroom. You’ll enjoy meeting Tug Wyler.

There is much to recommend this unusual thriller featuring New York attorney Tug Wyler, a wise-cracking personal injury lawyer with a creative legal mind and the ingenuity to elude legal dilemmas that might bring down those with fewer skills. His quick wit and incisive legal mind give Wyler an edge that serves him well in this particular area of expertise, although his recent acceptance of personal injury cases from another attorney bring a slew of extra problems not usually included in the specialty. The new clients have a disturbing tendency to take out their dissatisfaction with results in a personal manner. Most recently, a disgruntled ex-husband demands half of his wife’s settlement, his size and threatening demeanor suggesting harm should Tug not cooperate. Though Wyler excels at defeating such foes, he isn’t prepared for the level of threat to life and limb involved this time.

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Since I’m a new mom, whose life currently revolves around caring for my baby girl’s every need (and want), Andy Siegel’s debut, Suzy’s Case, perfectly depicts my worst nightmare: the story of a perfect little girl whose life is changed forever by what her mother is convinced was a doctor’s horrible mistake. Still, despite the heartbreaking premise, Siegel manages to give the story an entertaining tone, thanks to its eccentric hero.

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“Q&A About Personal-Injury Law with Bedford Hills Attorney and Author Andy Siegel”

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