In 2014, FORTUNATE SON became #2 in All Historical Fiction on Amazon, and #3 in All Literature and Fiction, and continues to draw "5 Star" reviews. (See reviews below).David created the new fiction genre of "historical trial novel"...bringing alive the people and events surrounding extraordinary trials that have otherwise been lost to history.
“A masterful blend of historical fact and detail, of adventure and peril and courtroom drama. This rousing murder-mystery adventure that was the life of James Annesley and his battle to reclaim his stolen heritage in the precedent setting case of Annesley v Anglesea, also gives us the story of the first Kennedys in America.”
—Vincent Bugliosi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter
Meet James Annesley, son of 18th Century Ireland. Though you may have never heard his name before, his story has already touched you in profound ways. Now, for the first time, novelist David Marlett brings that incredible story to life.
Stretching from the dirty streets of Ireland to the endless possibilities of Colonial America, from drama on the high seas with the Royal Navy to a life-and-death race across England and up the Scottish Highlands, from the prospect of a hangman’s noose to a fate decided in the halls of justice, FORTUNATE SON is a powerful, relentless epic. Here nobility, duels, love, courage, revenge, honor, and treachery among family, friends and ancient enemies abound. And at its center is the most momentous trial in Irish history – the trial of Annesley v. Anglesea from which our modern “attorney/client privilege” was forged, and our concept of a “jury of one's peers” was put to the test. Carefully researched, vividly evoked, and lovingly brought to the page, FORTUNATE SON is an unforgettable work of fiction based on fact, one that will resonate deep within you long after you finish it.
FORTUNATE SON reaches #2 Best Seller in Historical Fiction, and #3 in Literature & Fiction (see below)