Created by Fredrick D. Huebner
Seattle lawyer MATT RIORDAN appears in a series of five novels by Fredrick D. Huebner. Riordan runs a solo law practice and takes on the types of cases that usually require him to moonlight as an effective, albeit somewhat reluctant, tough-guy troubleshooter. Although he is not strictly a criminal attorney, Riordan's cases all involve murder and other crimes. This brings him into regular contact with the Seattle Police Department and, in particular, a homicide lieutenant named Vince Ahlberg. Even though they are often acting at cross-purposes, Riordan and Ahlberg respect and trust each other; Ahlberg even occasionally refers clients to Riordan.
Riordan earns his tough-guy reputation by frequently carrying a gun and using physical violence. However, he is also sensitive and has emotional depth, even if he probably would not admit it:
"The sensitive New Man is out. Women are back into tough guys again," I said.
"Are you a tough guy, Riordan?"
"How are you going to prove it?"
"Won't. If you have to prove it, you're not tough. Tough guys are existential, too."
(The Joshua Sequence, 1986)
Huebner, a Seattle attorney himself, produces authentic, well-written, hard-boiled thrillers. His use of local color and historical details beautifully and accurately describe Seattle and the Pacific Northwest region.
Respectfully submitted by Randal Brandt (October 2000).