Author J. D. Trafford

Directly from his website, author and former St. Louisan J. D. Trafford explains why he chose St. Louis as a setting for his most recent novels:

“I love St. Louis as a city […]. On the one hand, St. Louis is proud of its blue-collar, scrappy background. On the other hand, St. Louis still has ambition to be something more. Due to larger circumstances, however, St. Louis always seems to be pulled back. [...] As a writer, I also like St. Louis because it is just the right size for my stories. It isn’t overwhelming like Los Angeles or New York or even Chicago, but it isn’t a little city either. I feel in control, and I also like the excuse to expose readers to all of the cool restaurants, parks, and attractions that St. Louis has to offer.”

 Author J.D. Trafford will be dropping by Center for the Reader on April 1, from 6:00–8:00, to discuss his newly released book, Without Precedent, explain his passion of St. Louis, and mingle with crime fiction enthusiasts. You will have an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of his book.


Without Precedent

How much would you give up to get justice for your family?

Matthew Daley is a Manhattan corporate lawyer at the top of his game. As the first defense attorney on call to get pharmaceutical companies out of trouble, Matt is rising in the judicial system exactly as he planned. Until his sister dies of a heroin overdose.

Now, torn between conscience and career, the newly minted law partner faces a critical choice: defend the very companies that manufactured the addictive drugs, or give up his fiancée and his hard-won dream job to fight for justice in his sister’s name.

Returning to his blue-collar hometown with a ragtag band of law-school misfits by his side, Matt squares off against a team of New York corporate attorneys in a high-stakes courtroom battle. If he wins, the case could have national implications, bringing down the multibillion-dollar Big Pharma industry. If he loses, he’ll become collateral damage in the greatest fall of his career and his life (

Little Boy Lost 

A broken city, a missing young man, and a lawyer searching for truth when nobody else cares.

Attorney Justin Glass's practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn't doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn't have the heart to turn her away.

Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body--and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated.

As simmering racial tensions explode into violence, Justin finds himself caught in the tide. And as he gives voice to the discontent plaguing the city's forgotten and ignored, he vows to search for the killer who preys upon them.

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