In the main case in my first book – The Key to Justice – the prosecution of a serial killer, is totally fictional. However, the case Marc Kadella handles on behalf of his wife against the IRS, the Justice Department and the U.S. Government is not. It is, in fact, a case I personally handled and every word is absolutely accurate. The names have been changed to protect the truly stupid and incompetent but all else is factually correct. Before the book was published, I asked friends and acquaintances if the IRS case was a distraction and should be removed or left in the book? It was unanimous that it be left in because of the interest it generated. Everyone was fascinated, but not surprised, by the way the Government conducted themselves and were as caught up in that case as they were the serial killer case. They all wanted to know how it came out.

At any rate, I believe this is a more realistic look at the practice of law and hope that most lawyers who read the book will agree with me. Thank you and enjoy.

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A politically ambitious couple will stop at nothing to obtain the presidency. He is a popular governor of a western state. A philanderer, but charming, good-looking, charismatic, a dream candidate. Thomas Jefferson Carver is a capable administrator and attracts sycophants like moths to a flame. People willing to sacrifice themselves and anyone who opposes him.
Darla Bunton Carver is the political brains behind their rise to power. Amoral and single-minded to the point of obsession it is her ambition to succeed her husband to become the first woman president of the United States. And nothing will stand in her way to achieve it. Including her husband’s numerous affairs, money scandals, homicide cover-ups, murder and even treason. Whatever is necessary. Their true goal? Power and wealth for themselves.


Dennis Carstens is a life long resident of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, except for a four year tour in the Air Force. He grew up in St Paul and currently resides in a suburb of that city. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and earned his JD from a well respected private law school in St Paul, William Mitchell College of Law in 1984. He practiced law in the private sector doing primarily criminal defense work and family law until 2002 when he decided to give up being an active attorney and went to work with his son owning and operating a small internet company. He is the divorced father of two adult children and the proud grandfather of five.