Charles (“Chuck”) Rosenberg’s latest novel (his sixth) is the alternate history political thriller THE DAY LINCOLN LOST, following up on his political caper, THE TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF THE TRAITOR GEORGE WASHINGTON (a finalist for the Sidewise Alternative History Award). These novels ask: What if certain historical events had turned out a little differently?
His first alternative history novel, a combination of a caper and a political thriller, was inspired by a scrapped plan by the British to kidnap George Washington and take him back to England to be tried for high treason. His second alternative history novel, a political thriller, centers on the 1860 presidential race, where a court case involving an enslaved 13-year-old girl sets in motion events that threaten Lincoln’s election to the presidency in 1860. The book received a Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly. You can read more about his alternative history works in his interview with Publisher’s Weekly, found here.
The first novel Rosenberg ever wrote (we will skip talking about the one he never finished because that was truly a long time ago) was the legal thriller DEATH ON A HIGH FLOOR, which became an Amazon best-seller in 2014. The novel is about the murder of the managing partner of a large international law firm. Rosenberg is quick to point out that the large firms in which he was a partner were really quite nice places; unlike the firm in the novel. That novel was followed by two sequels (including the Amazon best-seller LONG KNIVES), and the start of a new series in WRITE TO DIE, which is set in a glitzy entertainment law firm in Hollywood.
Prior to turning to writing fiction (and in addition to practicing law), Chuck was the credited legal script consultant to three prime time television shows: L.A. Law, The Practice and Boston Legal, as well as the TV show The Paper Chase (Showtime). During the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, he was one of two on-air legal analysts for E! Entertainment Television's live coverage of the trial. He also provided commentary for E!'s coverage of the Simpson civil trial and occupied E’s seat in the courtroom during the trial.
Rosenberg has taught extensively as an adjunct law professor, including at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (where he currently teaches the course "Law and Popular Culture"), the Loyola Law School International LLM Program in Bologna, Italy, the UCLA School of Law, the Pepperdine School of Law, and the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
A graduate of Antioch College and the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of The Harvard Law Review, Chuck currently practices in the Los Angeles area where he lives with his wife, who is the very effective “in-house” initial editor of everything he writes.