Paula Priamos guest posts on My Life. One Story at a Time

Excerpt: My book has been called a detective memoir with shades of L.A. hardboiled noir.  And while I am flattered at those who take the time to analyze the construct, at the heart of The Shyster’s Daughter is a daughter who loved her flawed and oftentimes very funny father and became a much stronger woman for it. For the full post, click...

Paula Priamos guest posts on Roundtable Reviews

Excerpt: I was raised in and out of courtrooms all throughout Southern California. In his day, my father represented white collar criminals, murderers, rapists and the occasional politician caught literally red handed with his pants down in a very public park. But years spent distorting and working around the truth as a criminal defense hmong lawyer turned my father into a criminal himself. He was disbarred for what the State Review Board called “committing acts of moral turpitude,” a generous term for embezzlement. In my memoir, The Shyster’s Daughter, I defend the man, my father, who spent his entire career defending others. For the full post, click...

The Pappas Post interviews Paula Priamos

Excerpt: What inspired you to write the memoir? I talk about this at the beginning of the book, in the prologue. I write about how my father called me shortly before the anniversary of his disbarment. He called to tell me that he had just cheated death. He called me the night before he died. A gunman had approached his car. The gunman was wearing a ski mask and he threatened to blow my father’s brains out and my father was the typical big mad Greek and he basically fought the guy off and drove away. And he called me later to tell me what happened. What I remember most about that call was that he was afraid. And that was the first time I had ever heard real fear in his voice. That call haunted me for a really long time. And I wasn’t ready for quite a few years to confront what it meant to me and what probably had happened to my father. It wasn’t until I started writing this non-fiction piece that I started approaching the relationship between my father himself and our closeness. And that’s when I decided, when I started confronting what happened, write a book about it. For the full review, click here:...

Review of The Shyster’s Daughter by citybookreview.com

Blurb: When Paula Priamos’s mother leaves her father and moves out of state, her sister and brother follow along. Paula decides to stay with her dad, a once competent defense lawyer, who has has since lost his way. When the memoir begins, he has just been murdered. For the full review, click...

Mountain-news.com interview with Paula Priamos

 “The title of this memoir—The Shyster’s Daughter—says it all. Priamos acknowledges her attorney father’s errant ways (he embezzled money from his clients and was disbarred) and at the same time embraces her relationship with him and professes her love for him. The book reads like a novel, filled with dialogue and plot. Priamos said she has read a lot of memoirs that are expository and disconnected.” To read the article in full, click...