Once again, retired Virginia circuit court judge Martin Clark proves how adept he is at writing the contemporary legal thriller. “The Substitution Order” is his newest since “The Jezebel Remedy” in 2015, and he continues to give more widely read authors like John Grisham a run for their money.

How does he do it? First of all, check out the titles of even his earliest novels. Any chance of disappointment from a book called “The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living” or “Plain Heathen Mischief”? (Both are cheeky introductions to Clark’s literary world.)

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