Must-Read: Judge Pens Novel On ‘Fighting The Boys’ Club’ In District Attorney’s Office
12:30 pm, July 16th | by Laura Donovan
Certain office environments can feel like “old boys’ clubs,” and law is no exception, at least in the world of Judge Jeanine Pirro’s new novel “Sly Fox,” which the author says is “loosely based” on her experiences in the field.
On a Monday showing of “Today,” host Willie Geist said the book is about a “young, fiery assistant district attorney fighting the boys’ club.” When asked whether it reminded her of anyone, the writer laughed and said, “Gee, I don’t know.”
Pirro, who has been in the law system for 30 years, says she finds it “compelling and fascinating and at times unjust.” On the boys’ club comment? She said, “The main character Dani Fox is someone who enters the criminal justice system at a time when it is an old boys’ club, the Westchester County court house is an old boys’ club. It’s not a crime to beat your wife, it’s only a crime if you actually kill her. And she is confronted by a system that she sees as unfair and what she tries to do is level the playing field. So this one female prosecutor in a sea of men, you know, one female DA with 43 male police chiefs, and she has to kind of out-fox her superiors to even get into a court room so Dani Fox is somewhat of my alter-ego and it is certainly loosely based on cases I’ve tried and actual events [I've tried]. But think about it Willie, a woman prosecutor like Dani Fox sees in an autopsy photo what her male counterparts may not.”
I’m hooked already. Get ready to pick up the book when it hits the market tomorrow.