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A Legal Thriller by Lewis Allan

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WINNER of the 2024 Feathered Quill Book Awards!!!


It’s a record year for violent crime in Milwaukee.


For hard-charging criminal defense attorney Mason Mitchell, that means business is booming.

Every day, he defends drug dealers, gangbangers, and killers. Every night, he tries to wash it all away with vodka. Now, two new cases will shake the city and Mason’s faith in the system.

When his world becomes a volatile cocktail of bad cops, racial tension, and murder, where will Mason turn for real justice?

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Lewis Allan

Lewis Allan is a pen name used by the two authors behind Mason Mitchell — a veteran criminal defense attorney, and a well-traveled freelance writer. These childhood friends reconnected after thirty plus years to create a story that is entirely fictional, except for Clyde, who is 100% real.

Mouse In The Box is their debut novel. 

They look forward to continuing their unlikely journey with more titles to come…

The Authors

Russell Jones

Russell Jones loves jury trials. He has conducted over 300 of them, including more than fifty homicide trials. With two decades of courtroom experience as a criminal defense attorney, he is recognized as a leader in the profession, winning several awards for his work.


Now, he draws on the hard-earned knowledge from his day job as he embarks on a new career as a novelist.

He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, Laura and their two dogs – Clyde and Rusty.


Jason Wrubell

Jason Wrubell writes left-handed. When he dropped out of college to join a band, he was the left-handed drummer. After that, he wandered all over, turning his childhood love of storytelling into a career as a freelance writer, producing everything from slogans to short stories, and even slumming it in advertising.

Raised on the Great Canadian Prairies, he now lives with his beautiful wife in her hometown of Vienna, Austria, and is completely baffled as to how he ended up so lucky.



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"Mouse in the Box is a realistic perspective of the trials and tribulations of being a criminal defense attorney. Mason Mitchell finds himself in the frustrating position of being at the mercy of the court and court procedure as he struggles to defend two clients, one accused of a racially explosive murder in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He finds that being good doesn't always translate into justice in a system in which the search to find the truth often takes a backseat to the desire to win. I read it on vacation and had a hard time putting the book down."

Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author

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