“Cashed Out” Lead Character Revealed, by Michael H Rubin
We are pleased to present an article today written by Michael H Rubin, author of the recently released novel, Cashed Out. It’s a terrific book. You can read our review here.
His featured character, Schex, is a little different from attorneys you might find in other books. That is why it is a treat to learn more about him from his creator.
Hope you enjoy the article as much as we do.
WHO IS SCHEX?
By Michael H. Rubin
Schex Schexnaydre is the protagonist and narrator of my latest novel, Cashed Out, a contemporary noir legal thriller. Schex is an unsuccessful lawyer just a step away from bankruptcy, with one failed marriage, two lost jobs, three maxed out credit cards, and a mortgage that’s under water. He has no clients and no money. Well, no clients except for G.G. Guidry, and he’s just been murdered. And no money, except for the $4,452,737 in cash that G.G. had left with him for safekeeping.
What was the inspiration for Schex? My wife, Ayan, and I (who write jointly under the name of “Michael H. Rubin”) wanted to produce a page-turner that upends the concept of the lawyer protagonist. In many legal thrillers, the lawyer-hero is asked to defend someone who appears to be in a hopeless situation. More often than not, the defendant is an acquaintance, friend, or family member. By the end of the novel, the lawyer succeeds in achieving an acquittal by the hardest.
But Schex does just the opposite of what the typical lawyer/protagonist usually does. When Schex’s estranged ex-wife, Taylor, is accused of Guidry’s murder, she pleads with Schex to defend her. He refuses, but the more Schex says no to Taylor, the deeper he gets dragged into the fall-out from Guidry’s nefarious schemes, ending up as the target of all those vying to claim Guidry’s millions for themselves.
Schex becomes as much a detective as a lawyer. He careens from the swamps and marshes of Louisiana’s chemical corridor to the deep water oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, from the river industries that pollute minority neighborhoods to the privileged playgrounds of New Orleans’ crime syndicate bosses, and from a notorious alligator processing plant to the halls of political power, all in an attempt to clear his name and claim Guidry’s cash for himself.
So, Schex is an anti-hero who ultimately becomes a hero, and in the process, leads the reader on a rollicking roller-coaster ride through murder and mayhem, peppered with wit and humor.
About The Author
Michael H. Rubin heads the appellate team of a law firm with offices from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to the East Coast and is a speaker and humorist who has given more than 400 multimedia presentations throughout the United States. He received the Burton Award at the Library of Congress for outstanding writing and is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and the International Association of Crime Writers.
Ayan Rubin has been a developmental book editor, a nonprofit consultant, and, for almost three decades, the Coordinator of the Educational Services Division of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, a state-wide television network. Writing under the name of “Michael H. Rubin,” they are the authors of the award winning historical thriller, The Cottoncrest Curse, released by LSU Press, and of the contemporary legal thriller, Cashed Out, which was released by Fiery Seas Publishing on August 15, 2017.