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About the Author
David Brooks is a graduate of Colgate University and McGeorge School
of Law, and has been defending the public since 1986. He has repre-
sented thousands of people and has handled all manner of criminal cases
including death penalty defense.
Mr. Brooks lives in Northern California with his wife Jean and sons
Morgan and Spencer. The family is watched over by giant dogs, a bushel
of cats, and a bird who sings Beethoven.
For therapy he aspires to be the world’s oldest living goalkeeper. He
enjoys fly fishing, homebrew, motorcycles, and old boats. David and
Jean both play the cello in a symphony orchestra.
These were originally written as bedtime stories for bikers, and anyone
who knows what it feels like to laugh and cry for all the right reasons. A
career Public Defender in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
reveals the characters who live there, and uncloaks our justice system’s
hidden truths.
“I wish I could buy St. Jude a beer. If you’ve lost something, he’s the
saint you’re supposed to talk to about getting it back. Somewhere along
the way I became a Guardian of Lost Causes, something I’ve done for 25
years as a Public Defender. I defend poor people and people who have no
voice. I make sure that everyone has access to quality legal representa-
tion. Most of my clients were just people who were so damaged that they
had a very difficult time making their way in the world.
“I’ve presented a mix of stories that strike me as funny, true, or pro-
foundly sad. Some are all three at the same time. Characters have been
fictionalized in order to maintain privacy and confidentiality, but they
are based on real people and real places. You’ll be able to tell because
there’s no way to make this stuff up.”