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    Welcome Joel Engel

    Welcome Joel Engel

    I’m very pleased to welcome long-time reader and commenter (CassandraLite) Joel Engel as a contributor at Legal Insurrection.

    I’ve met Joel twice, and one thing led to another, and here we are.

    You may have noticed Joel’s first post earlier today, 2016 May Bring Good Things.  I had intended to give Joel a welcome before his first post, but world events took over the blog this morning.  So better late than never.

    Joel has a varied and fascinating background, available at his blog which oddly has the url

    I’ve authored or co-authored more than 15 books (including a New York Times bestseller)—narrative nonfiction, essays, sports, satire, pop culture, biography, and autobiography.

    As a journalist for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, among other papers and periodicals, I reported on everything from politics to hot-air ballooning, pregnancy to cancer research, pop culture to business.

    I’ve also sold several feature-film scripts to Hollywood and produced about 60 hours of (cable) television.  Two professional experiences that I remember with inexplicable pleasure are writing an infomercial hosted by a celebrity who insisted on being introduced as “the beautiful and talented actress” when in fact she was not quite either, and getting fired from a documentary about Elvis fans for telling the network executive—who until months before had been a Russian interpreter—that her clunky suggestion for the show’s opening sequence was “not good television.”

    You can and should follow Joel on Twitter.

    Joel’s latest book is L.A. ’56, a true crime novel about a serial rapist in Los Angeles.

    “…blistering true crime…. In a crowded field of fine true crime authors, Engel makes sure that all of the dots are connected and justice has its say.”     –Publishers Weekly

    Joel’s investigative work on behalf of a young foreign college student accused of rape is fascinating, Exonerating Eric Frimpong.

    Among his many interests, Joel will cover issues related to the Jewish community, Israel, and Hollywood.  But expect the unexpected.


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    Anon Y. Mous | September 13, 2012 at 3:10 am

    true crime novel

    Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? A novel is a work of fiction, but a true crime book would be a true story.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Anon Y. Mous. | September 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

      It’s highly complicated. A crime novel is not based on a an actual ‘true’ crime, while a true crime novel is based on an actual crime(s). I apolgize if the explanation was overly technical.

    A warm, conservative Welcome! to you, Joel.

    Hopefully you can shed some light on the culture of socialism at NYT/LAT.

    May God save America!

    TrooperJohnSmith | September 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Wow!! Classy…. better than new paint and drapes! 🙂

    And a fellow refugee from the Fourth Estate!

    Welcome, Joel!

    Henry Hawkins | September 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Is Mr. Engel aware of the LI custom that new contributors take all of us out for a beer?

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