NC Literary Hall of Fame



You Can't Make This Stuff Up: My Criminal Law War Stories by Gregg Naclerio

Lystra Books and Literary Services
$15.95, paperback / $6.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-7363055-1-5
Nonfiction: Memoir / Lawyer-Judge
June, 2021
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"With an apologetic grin to Lady Justice and the touch of a convincing closing argument, Gregg Naclerio tells readers the truth about a criminal justice world of miscommunications, misidentifications, misunderstandings, misdirections, and misadventures, proving beyond a reasonable doubt that behind every great criminal law war story is a lawyer with a sense of humor."
—Landis Wade, recovering North Carolinatrial lawyer, host of Charlotte Readers Podcast and author of The Christmas Courtroom Trilogy

"This book satisfied all of my senses. It made me sad, made me laugh, and had me at the edge of my seat, rushing to reach the end of each story. This book truly gives the reader insight into the world of law, thelives of attorneys and judges, and the lives of people who commit crimes all.

"I felt I was there watching the scene in person. I could see myself in thecourtroom as the trials unfold, in the client meetings, in the strategy sessions. I enjoyed the nonchalant and simple explanations of the legal terms.The author's explanations left no guess work as to what was being talked about."
—Natalie Garfield

"I absolutely loved reading You Can't Make This Stuff Up. Gregg's writing style and storytelling are nothing short of authors like Child, Patterson, Baldacci, or Woods. When he describes any character in one of his 'warstories,' the reader can see that person in his or her mind."
— N.K. Harper, retired police officer

Trial attorneys are storytellers. They make human beings and the situations they find themselves in come to life in the court room, for the benefit of the jury. Greg Naclerio is a storyteller. In You Can't Make This Stuff Up, he brings the people he encountered during his long career as a trial attorney to life for a wider audience—his readers. His war stories are tear-inducing funny, tear-inducing sad, but depict true events. His readers will be entertained, educated about how the legal system really works, and will connect with people they never met by seeing them through Naclerio's eyes.

Gregory Naclerio spent more than 40 years in courtrooms as a trial attorney specialize in white-collar criminal defense and in medical related issues. This is his first book. He's a native New Yorker and now lives in Cary where he is active in the nonprofit community.

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