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Lawless Neptune

By Alafair Burke


from Neptune Noir

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This is one essay from the anthology Neptune Noir

More than just a high school drama, “Veronica Mars” is a smart and savvy teen detective show that offers complex mysteries and rapier wit, engaging social commentary, and noir sensibilities—with the occasional murder thrown in for good measure. This collection, edited by the creator and executive producer of the show, offers supreme insight into the class struggles and love stories of the series. Essays by top writers intelligently address a multitude of questions such as: Is Veronica a modern-day vigilante? Why is a show that features rape, potential incest and a teen girl outsmarting local authorities so popular with America’s conservative population? and Why is Veronica and Logan’s relationship the most important story-driving factor in the show?

About the Author

Rob Thomas is the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed drama “Veronica Mars.” Thomas also produced and created the short-lived television series “Cupid,” wrote scripts for television shows “Dawson’s Creek” and “Space Ghosts” and the film “Drive Me Crazy,” and has written several novels for young adults.

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About the Author

Alafair  Burke

Alafair Burke is an author and law professor. After graduating with distinction from Stanford Law School and serving as a deputy district attorney in Portland, Ore., she is now an associate professor at Hofstra Law School and frequently serves as a legal and trial commentator for radio and television programs. She lives in New York City and is the author of the Samantha Kincaid series of mystery novels (Judgment Calls, Missing Justice and Close Case). Her first stand-alone thriller, Dead Connection, will be published in July 2007. Alafair welcomes contact from readers at

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