Martin Clark (author)

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Martin Fillmore Clark, Jr. (born June 23, 1959) is an author and Virginia circuit court judge.[1]

Clark's first book, The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2000 and was a New York Times Notable Book for 2000,[2] a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and a finalist for The Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. His second novel, Plain Heathen Mischief, was released in 2004 and was also published by Knopf. Clark's third novel, The Legal Limit, released in April 2008, again by Knopf, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year for 2008,[3] and, in October, 2009, was announced as the winner of The Library of Virginia's People's Choice Award for fiction.[4] The Jezebel Remedy was published in June 2015 and appeared on several bestseller lists, rising to number three on Barnes and Noble's Top 100 Books. In reviewing The Jezebel Remedy, Entertainment Weekly stated that "Clark is, hands-down, our finest legal thriller writer."[5] Additionally, The Jezebel Remedy was chosen as a Boston Globe Best Book for 2015 [6] and earned Clark a second Library of Virginia People's Choice Award for fiction. [7] Parkway Brewing Company named a beer The Remedy in honor of the novel.[8]

Clark became a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge in 1992 and was appointed to the circuit court bench for the Virginia counties of Patrick and Henry in May 1995. On April 27, 2016, he was presented with the Patrick County Outstanding Community Service Award.

Clark attended Woodberry Forest School. He graduated from Davidson College in 1981 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984. He lives in Stuart, Virginia.


  1. ^ Random House: "Author Spotlight"
  2. ^ New York Times, Dec. 3, 2000
  3. ^ Washington Post, Dec. 7, 2008
  4. ^ Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oct. 18, 2009
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly, June 12, 2015, p. 78
  6. ^ The Boston Globe, Dec. 4, 2015
  7. ^ Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oct. 16, 2016
  8. ^ Roanoke Times, July 7, 2014

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