‘Offended by injustice:’ book published about Craig area
Former 14th Judicial District Attorney publishes 1st novel
After 40 years of trial work, and being on all three sides of the courtroom as a prosecutor, defense attorney and judge, Carroll Multz has learned a thing or two about the concept of justice.
But, one thing stands out to the 74-year-old Grand Junction resident.
“I can tell you that justice is not always attained,” he said.
However, Multz, who served as the 14th Judicial District Attorney from 1974 to 1981, has penned his first novel, which he hopes will send a different message.
“Justice is an attainable goal, but I guess what I’m saying is that seldom is it speedy, precise and complete,” he said.
Multz, who lived in Craig during his district attorney tenure, published “Justice Denied” on Nov. 30. The work is 325 pages and published through Tate Publishing. It is available in bookstores nation-wide.
The novel chronicles a bank official charged with embezzling money, a subsequent “frame-up” by a colleague, and the preemptive justice of the local police chief.
After being wrongly convicted, the main character’s family is torn apart by the ordeal. Shortly thereafter, the main character is sent to prison, where he is stabbed trying to breakup a fight, and dies from his injuries.
The rest of the book chronicles the deathbed confession of the perpetrator revealing the main character was framed and his son’s subsequent mission to clear his name.
The book is set in Steamboat Springs with parts of the subplot taking place in Hayden and Craig.
Multz writes in the book’s introduction that Northwest Colorado is the “most spectacular spot” he could have chosen for the book’s setting, and a place where his passion for trial work grew.
Since it was published nationally, Multz said the novel has had an “unbelievable” reception and been receiving great reviews.
“I’m getting letters and cards from all over,” he said.
Although “Justice Denied” is Multz’ first published novel, it is not the first time he has drawn from his experiences in the courtroom and translated them to paper.
Multz said he has written seven technical, non-fiction books and manuals on different aspects of law since 1969. He has also had 32 of his articles published in various legal and law
Multz, who is now retired and teaches various law courses at Mesa State College as an adjunct professor, said he has also completed four other unpublished novels and is currently ironing out the plot of his sixth book.
All of the novels have different plots relating to crime and the judicial system, but each illuminates a different aspect of the law.
Multz’ second novel, “It’s You Who I See,” is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2011.
His novel, he said, is the physical culmination of his life’s passions — law, writing and educating.
“This book really started out as an instructional device and then by inserting hypothetical and factual patterns to make the legal concepts understandable, my novel evolved,” he said. “So, I kiddingly refer to my novels as textbooks disguised as novels.”
He contends the books could have a strong, practical application, most likely in the law enforcement field.
“(These books) would be a great training device for criminal justice majors, great for law schools, be great for police academies — in other words, all the places that I’ve lectured,” he said.
Multz said he often borrows from his experiences in the courtroom and as the former district attorney, and embellishes them as food for thought in his fiction writing.
“It’s satire, it’s fiction, it’s parody,” he said. “But, there are enough points of view and references to make it real.”
The reality woven into each of his books is the continuing theme of seeking justice — often a bittersweet objective, he said.
“I am also sending a message that it is a goal for which we should all strive,” he said.
That same theme is also the reason he, like his father before him, went into the field of law. It’s also the reason behind his passions for writing and educating.
“From the time I can remember, I was offended by injustice,” Multz writes in the introduction to “Justice Denied.” “Watching a fellow grade school classmate being suspended for fighting during recess while the aggressor went unpunished was the type of thing that offended me.
“Even today, when I see the referee eject the player who threw the last punch in retaliation, I am appalled and offended. My heart has always leapt for the underdog, especially the one who has been falsely accused.”
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