In The Green Line, Abby Donovan’s decade-long dream of partnership at her prestigious Chicago law firm is just months from fruition. But after a late-night train mishap drops her into a world of drugs, gangs, murder, and corruption, everything changes. Abby is haunted by what and who she’s seen, and the mysterious death of a kind stranger. Though her work suffers, deadlines are missed, and her promotion hangs in the balance, she’s compelled to investigate with the help of an unlikely new friend. But Abby’s investigation jeopardizes more than her career. Someone is watching and he’s not going to let anyone expose his scam.
In this engaging debut, E.C. Diskin, a former Chicago attorney, takes us on a fast-paced thrill ride with a believable and flawed heroine. Readers will relate to her, fear for her, and get a glimpse inside Chicago’s best and worst. From the roughest streets of the west side to the estates of the North Shore, Abby Donovan and the unexpected villains of The Green Line will keep you turning pages late into the night in this riveting thriller while shining light on a little-known, often-used, and widely-abused legal maneuver.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was an attorney at a downtown firm who often dreamed of writing a novel. When I mistakenly boarded the Green Line train in the middle of the day and found myself in the worst of Chicago’ neighborhoods, I thought, “I’m so glad it’s not midnight!” That was the seed that began this story. More importantly though, while in law school I did a lot of research on a little known, but widely used police procedure that I found terrifying and baffling. Coming up with a story that would focus on that procedure provided great inspiration to get it done!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
All of my characters were inspired by my own life experiences. No one character is based specifically on someone I know (or myself) but there are pieces of me in many of them. For example, David (the ex) was a former musician-turned-attorney. I was a dancer-turned attorney. Sarah (Abby’s friend at the firm) was more interested in keeping a work-life balance and didn’t aspire to the partner track–that was really how I felt when working in those conditions. And of course, I knew lots of attorneys both at the firm and professionally who inspired some scenes or even dialogue. I also liked the idea of a villian who came from money. This was also inspired from people I knew at one time–having opportunity and money or powerful parents doesn’t necessarily mean that one’s going to be a good, kind, functional member of society.
E.C. Diskin received a B.S. from Texas Christian University and a law degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. After several years in practice and a drawer full of story ideas, Diskin joined a writers group and began work on what became The Green Line. Diskin is now focused on a sequel and the completion of other works in progress.
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