Writing Wrongs, CERTIFIED

The Court Reporter Tell-All Series, Volume 1

Fiction - Mystery - Legal
448 Pages
Reviewed on 10/29/2017
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Author Biography

Kristine Johnson worked as a certified court reporter for over 25 years, the majority of that time in the unique legal climate of Downtown Las Vegas. She arrived in the valley wearing a diaper, riding in the backseat of a turquoise 1963 Chevrolet Impala. She grew up on dirt bikes, Pippi Longstocking, and Siddartha, and in 1972 went to the first truly integrated school in Las Vegas. It was then she first knew she was meant to write.
By the early eighties, she decided to become a court reporter, moved to Sacramento, California, and put herself through school. Three years, a student loan, and a brown belt in Shorinji Ryu later, she graduated. After passing her Boards she worked in Orange County, cutting her teeth writing preliminary hearings and patent depositions.
In 1988, she returned to Vegas and landed one of 13 coveted District Court Official Reporter positions in town, working for the very Honorable Thomas A. Foley. Kristine came of age learning about the law in Judge Foley’s courtroom, creating and keeping the record for the Las Vegas Valley’s murder, mayhem, and its worst civil nightmares. She worked for several other judges and attorney clients, doing depositions freelance.
Kristine retired from court reporting in 2006, and now writes her own stories. She arrived in Las Vegas wearing a diaper, riding on the floorboard of her father’s pickup. She grew up on dirt bikes, reading Pippi Longstocking and Siddartha during the psychedelic social landscape of Las Vegas through the seventies.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

“I am young. I am sexy. I wear Ellen Tracy and the requisite double pair of shoulder pads.” These are words the narrator uses to present the protagonist, a court reporter. In an ebullient tone, she tells the story of sixteen-year-old Justin Castle who shoots his beautiful girlfriend in a moment of despair. But then the pre-trial hearing is almost marred by the poor handling of the gun at the crime scene. One woman can save the case and she is Charley Savage, the court reporter, a woman whose attention to detail gets more than the information available to the jury. She will lead the reader to places they never expected to be and allow them to judge the characters from a fresh viewpoint. Writing Wrongs, CERTIFIED by Kristine Johnson is the first book in The Court Reporter Tell-All Series, a gripping story with a fascinating plot and a captivating setting.

It’s a story of the quest for truth, love, compassion, and justice. Told in an absorbing first person narrative, the reader is immediately pulled in by the quirky descriptions of the characters and the setting. The story is set against the backdrop of pre-digital Nevada, when the World Wide Web was just making its way into society and cellphones were still huge, cumbersome devices with limited functionalities. The tone is light and humorous and the reader finds the narrative voice intriguing and irresistible; it teases readers and leaves them delighted as they follow the story. Kristine Johnson develops the themes of marriage, love, murder, and justice with mastery. The reader has no doubt that the author has done a great deal of research for this mesmerizing story, taking readers into the workings of the court, allowing them to feel the atmosphere, and to see things from the perspective of a court reporter. Writing Wrongs, CERTIFIED will grab the reader’s interest and hold it until the very last page.

Kaleena McMath

This is a very talented author I enjoy reading the court stories . It’s better than watching the ID Channel.