Author, valley native to make encore presentation

Bestselling author and Ohio Valley native Michael Swiger will be making an encore appearance on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Shadyside Public Library from noon until 2 p.m. and at the Martins Ferry Public Library from 3-5 p.m. Aside from meeting and greeting friends and family and offering advise to aspiring authors, he will be signing copies of his newly released legal thriller “Lethal Objection” (Capstone Fiction, August 2008), the much anticipated sequel to “Lethal Objection,” a book that spent eight months jockeying with John Grisham on’s bestseller list in both the Legal and Political thriller categories.

Swiger’s appearance at the Libraries back in June drew sell-out crowds.

“It was humbling to have so many people come out to say hello, buy a book, or just give me a hug,” Swiger said. “This time around I’d like to spend more time just talking to people.”

Unlike Grisham who was a practicing lawyer when he wrote “A?Times to?Kill,” Swiger began writing in 1997 while an inmate in the Ohio Department of Corrections, serving a 21-50 year sentence for Involuntary Manslaughter. He caught his first major literary break when his manuscript placed second in the Malice Domestic Contest, a national writing contest sponsored by St. Martin ‘s Press. His impressive showing led him to sign with the Helen Rees Literary Agency, where Swiger joined other literary luminaries such as Alan Dershowitz.

Swiger’s last book “Lethal Objection” catapulted to national attention after 1,000 copies were given away at the largest, most prestigious legal technology trade show in the United States Feb. 5-7 at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, displacing Grisham for the first time in seven years. Representatives from every major law firm in the United States attend this show.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Ohio University and an honors student at Reformed Theological Seminary, Swiger also published two novels under the pen name Michael Andrew. His first, A Trial of Innocents, was considered for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize.