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Discover the Judge's Waltz

Federal Judge Patrick O’Shea is found swinging from his courtroom chandelier clad only in his robe. Everyone wanted him dead. FBI task force officer Katie O’Connor and her team work with the FBI and others to untangle the ever-growing lists of suspects including his estranged wife and judicial colleague. Small town attorney and former federal law clerk, Buck Davis, helps the court by identifying vengeful litigants and overseeing the law clerks during the turbulent time. Davis juggles his small town law practice with his budding romance with Katie, and rebuilding his relationship with his opioid addicted brother.

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Humorous, charming, and constantly entertaining, this debut novel also offers excellent plot twists and memorable characters.

—Fred Leebron, author of Out West, Six Figures, and In the Middle of All This

Getting to Know Katherine

Katherine Burnette is a former federal and state prosecutor. Burnette graduated with a B.A. in English and Politics and a JD degree from Wake Forest University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Her work has appeared in Flying South 2019, Red Fez and Sky Island Journal. She is a state district court judge and lives in Oxford, North Carolina.

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Town Talk

Hosted by WIZS 100.1FM, join Katherine as she discusses the Judge’s Waltz and creative writing process.

Dec. 1


Wake Forest University School of Law

Fall Conference

Hosted by The North Carolina Writers’ Network, Katherine will share details about the process of authoring Judge’s Waltz

Nov. 19


Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham