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Veteran public defender writes quirky bedtime tales

David A. Brooks’ “Foresthill” bears a subtitle calling it a “bedtime reader,” but it doesn’t have the usual assortment of fairies, princes and ogres. Its stories are instead populated by a transsexual prostitute, a narcoleptic monster-truck driver who backs over a squad car, Alzheimer’s patients who get naughty and an assortment of dimwitted criminals. “They are hilarious,” said Frederick Reuss, a critically acclaimed novelist who met Brooks in high school. Brooks, who lives in Fair Oaks, is a public defender with decades of experience in...

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Deputy public defender Brooks pens book

By day, David Brooks is an El Dorado County deputy public defender who has spent more than 20 years fighting for the Constitutional rights of his clients. But the affable attorney also moonlights as a soccer player (goalkeeper, in case you’re wondering), concert cellist, trivia guru, avid biker and now, a published author. Of course, he might not necessarily consider himself a modern day Renaissance man, but Brooks has chronicled some of his more humorous, poignant, touching and random experiences with the judicial system in his first book, “Foresthill: A Public Defender’s Bedtime...

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Author avoids “normal” Foresthill in new book

A face familiar in Placer County’s courtrooms for two decades has parlayed all that experience into a book that is already creating waves in, of all places, Foresthill. Undoubtedly, author David Brooks noted, it starts with the title – “Foresthill: A Public Defender’s Bedtime Reader.” Brooks who recently moved over to the El Dorado County Public Defender after 20 years with that office’s Placer County counterpart, said that Foresthill just fell into a starring role in his collection of stories about people he’s met as he’s gone about his job. Walking the fine line of client...

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