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Civil and Human Rights

Williamsburg novelist draws on roots as JAG officer

Williamsburg novelist draws on roots as JAG officer

After 22 years as a Navy JAG officer, Steve Stillwell is looking forward to settling down in his hometown of Williamsburg in a low-stress practice with plenty of leisure time.

He does not get his wish.

In David Grogan's novel "The Siegel Dispositions," Steve's very first client ends up getting him involved in murder and intrigue on an international scale. Professor Felix Siegel, a Holocaust survivor who is now a respected, wealthy retired academic, along with his beautiful but ill-mannered daughter Michelle comes to see Steve about finalizing his will. He also appoints Steve as his executor.

The will seems fairly straightforward. Michelle will inherit most of...