Reimagining bourbon and legal thrillers

DRINK | NULU Bourbon

According to the distillers at Prohibition Craft Spirits, every barrel of Nulu Straight Single Barrel (MGP Bourbon) is different with a “unique and flavorful” pour. The Kentucky based distillery, initially known for its tequila, doesn’t always distribute to the masses. NULU Straight Bourbon is typically only available through private Facebook groups and other clubs — but worth the trouble if you can land a bottle (around $100). For more, check them out at prohibitioncraftspirits.com

WATCH | Perry Mason

The legend of Perry Mason was recently resurrected in an eight-part HBO series capturing the origins of Erle Stanley Gardner’s fictional creation. The plot follows a young Mason battling the psychological traumas suffered in the first World War — grinding out his days as a cynical private detective. Set in the Great Depression, the gritty imagery and dark storyline explores Mason’s moral ascent into one of the world’s greatest defense attorneys. A top-tier cast creates a theatrical playhouse feel throughout the series, with Matthew Rhys shouldering the load of a sure-to-be awarding-winning role. 

READ | The Last Trial 

Scott Turow’s “The Last Trial” (2020) is the bookend — pun intended — to “Burden of Proof” (1990). In the first book, readers are introduced to legal defense attorney Sandy Stern as he defends a client in a commodities case while simultaneously coping with his wife’s tragic death. In “The Last Trial,” Stern is trying his last case while facing his own mortality. (It occurs to the reader that the books model Turow’s own triumphant professional arc and that in “The Last Trial” he’s contemplating his own swan song.) As always, the book features great characterization (love granddaughter “Pinky”) and a knack for explaining while entertaining in the dry realm of the law.

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