The 37th Amendment is a fast-paced legal thriller set in the year 2056, forty years after the 37th Amendment has removed the guarantee of "due process of law" from the U.S. Constitution. is pleased to present this guide for reading groups.



The 37th Amendment

A Novel by

Susan Shelley

© Copyright 2002 by Susan Shelley

ISBN: 0595230830
Publication Date: July 2002
340 pages
Trade Paperback

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A legal thriller set in 2056, forty years after the 37th Amendment has removed "due process of law" from the U.S. Constitution. 


Ted Braden is just trying to collect on a basketball bet when he telephones a fellow Lakers fan one night. That phone call makes him a witness in a sensational murder trial and launches him into a dangerous battle with the California criminal justice system--the year is 2056, forty years after the 37th Amendment has removed "due process of law" from the United States Constitution. 

Join Ted as his calm world is rocked by an angry girlfriend, a beautiful prosecutor, and an eminent defense attorney who has had enough of a legal system tilted against defendants. Then meet someone who has a different view. 

A wild ride through a surprising future, The 37th Amendment is a startling look at what our society has given up to crime, what we might do about it, and what the next generation might think of our choices. 

This remarkable novel includes an appendix that tells the true story of "How the First Amendment Came to Protect Topless Dancing." You'll never look at the U.S. Supreme Court the same way again. 


1. Do you think it's better for ten guilty men to go free than for one innocent to suffer? Did your answer to that question change at all after reading this book? 

2. How would your life be different if you never had to worry about crime? 

3. Do you think the U.S. Supreme Court has too much power over state laws and local police? Or not enough? 

4. Is it possible that traditional marriage will someday disappear? 


Susan Shelley lives in Los Angeles. The 37th Amendment is her first novel.


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