Excerpt from “Judge vs Nuts” by Una Tiers

Fiona Gavelle is a new attorney in Chicago, Illinois.  Her career starts out in a dusty neighborhood office where she does more secretarial than lawyer work.

In one night she is unceremoniously booted from her feckless job, has the last argument with her husband and meets Judge Laslo King for the first and last time.

Take a peek into the probate courts in Daley Center in Chicago. Read about the dancing skeletons. Laugh.


The day of the funeral it was clear, sunny and four degrees. This is average January weather in Chicago. During these cold spells, conversation always includes the wind chill factor which routinely hovers at twenty or thirty degrees below zero.

The funeral consisted of church at the historic St. Somewhere Catholic Church in the west loop, followed by burial.


I don’t like funeral processions because they are inherently dangerous, even though driving through red lights is fun. The custom is also barbaric if you think about it just a little. Participants risk getting cut off from the herd or getting hit by some driver who isn’t paying attention to the divergence of the regular traffic pattern. This ironically could generate more business for the very people who advocate funeral processions, the undertakers. Now and then I worry my evil nature will cause me to turn into a drive through car wash or hamburger place just to see who follows. For this reason, when I am unsupervised, I usually make sure I’m the last car in the procession.

After the forty-five minute drive, with no near death experiences and no comic interludes we arrived at All the Holy Saints cemetery at the city’s west border.

Judge Curie was quiet during the drive allowing me to concentrate on driving. A few times he reached up for the overhead grip and acted as if a train was heading straight for my car. He didn’t seem to like my driving.

At the cemetery, the funeral guy directed the cars to park two across on the narrow (but plowed) roads.

We waited while the pallbearers struggled to maintain their footing, slipping and sliding a little while they carried the coffin from the hearse to the grave.

“What would happen if they dropped him?” I whispered.


Una Tiers (pen name) is an attorney practicing law in Chicago, Illinois. She is an avid reader. After a particularly bad day in court, she wrote a story making the curse of her day the victim. With a smile, additional victims were added as necessary. The result was Judge vs Nuts, a look at murder, corruption and the Chicago judiciary.

Judge vs Nuts is available in ebook. http://www.amazon.com/DP/B007BSD4RU

Website unatiers.com

For the book book trailer, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55XqIbk0VY4

Click here for an interview with: Fiona Gavelle, a Character in “Judge vs Nuts” by Una Tiers

8 Responses to “Excerpt from “Judge vs Nuts” by Una Tiers”

  1. Una Tiers Says:

    Thank you Pat, this is an amazing bit of icing as Judge vs. Nuts reached the six month mark.
    Your interview with my protagonist, Fiona Gavelle, was in the first month after the release.
    Thank you again for your generosity.

    Best, Una Tiers

  2. fmtoll Says:

    Great post! It’s interesting that Pat does character interviews. That is what I did with the main character of my first book to help me get to know her. It worked great and was actually a lot of fun doing it.

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