Montana Courthouse Tales
Every county in Montana has a courthouse, and every courthouse has its tales, many of them forgotten even by the local residents.
Eric Olson’s new book, Courting Truth, is a fresh and fascinating approach to Montana’s historical literature. Olson, a trial lawyer with 35 years of courtroom experience, has produced a collection of larger-than-life tales redolent with the flavor of a television soap opera – funny, insightful, sometimes thought-provoking, but always compulsively readable. Combining fanciful and imaginative narrative techniques with scrupulously researched case records from actual court cases, Courting Truth is captivating reading for everyone interested in what justice looks like at the grassroots level.
“This is real history,” says a former chief of the Montana Criminal Justice Bureau, “brought to life in an imaginative and often humorous manner.” Montana author Lenore McKelvey Puhek (“The River’s Edge”) calls it “a well-written, engaging book … unique in format and focus.”
Put simply, as longtime Montana trial lawyer Channing Hartelius notes, Courting Truth is a must for anyone who loves Montana and history.
The book includes original photographic artwork by Montana artist Hector Alvarado.