Woody Hanstein

Woody Hanstein lives in Farmington, Maine and has been a trial lawyer for thirty years.  He is the author of six published mysteries: Not Proven, Cold Snap, State’s Witness, Mistrial, Sucker’s Bet and Alibi Blonde and a number of short stories. He teaches at the University of Maine at Farmington and coaches that college’s rugby team. He is also the founder of the Smiling Goat Precision Juggling Corps.

In “Endgame,” a lonely young man befriends an older neighbor toward the end of his life and as a result receives a legacy.  What was your inspiration for this story?

There really was no inspiration for “Endgame” – I started with an overly timid school teacher and decided he should receive a letter which might shake him out of his doldrums.  I play chess infrequently and badly, but somehow that game still ended up being the passion which tied the young teacher to his elderly neighbor.

The villain in your story, in some ways, is a big bank. Given the turmoil of the last few years, are you making a statement here?

I really never thought of the bank as the villain – it really just got (to the penny!) what was coming to it for cheating an employee.  It’s not a very lawyerly thing to say, but “self-help” can sometimes be a far better way of obtaining justice than simply accepting what a courtroom will produce.  (And now that I think about it, a number of my past Level Best stories have had a “self-help” kind of theme).

What are you working on now?

In my spare time I’m working on another Pete Morris mystery, but I am getting side-tracked both by my efforts to recruit jugglers for the Smiling Goat Precision Juggling Corps — Maine’s pre-eminent (and only) troupe of marching jugglers and also to help prepare my UMF college rugby team to defend its Maine Championship next month.

2 thoughts on “Woody Hanstein

  1. I like to say my family will read the back of cereal boxes if they are well written. Needless to say we read a lot of book, all genre. I have just started my first written by you and I only have one question. Why are not as well known as John Grisham? This is a great read. Judy, Louisiana

  2. As with his previous Pete Morris books Woody has written an accurate portrait of Maine characters and settings… all within the framework of well paced mystery. I’m pleased he’s working on another in the series …. however, as a practicing criminal lawyer and rugby coach his progress appears a tad slow …. but the product will be worth the wait!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s