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As a practicing environmental lawyer, Joel Burcat writes environmental legal thrillers that are both electrifying and accurate. His published shorter works range from thrillers about “the best beer I’ve ever had” to a middle-aged lawyer running off to Italy, jeopardizing the lives and careers of his young associates.

 

Burcat’s writings explore many facets of life, although he has a true fascination with unexpected twists. His characters’ reasons for doing things are as important as their actions. From the person lying in bed next to you to psychopathic strip mine operators, each has an underlying motive to be explored and revealed.

 

Burcat has completed five novels. Three of them are environmental legal thrillers, DRINK TO EVERY BEAST, AMID RAGE, and STRANGE FIRE. DRINK TO EVERY BEAST and AMID RAGE, both published by Headline Books are available at bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble in paperback and electronic formats.

In addition to his fiction, Joel has edited the two pre-eminent books on environmental and oil and gas law in Pennsylvania, both of which have received international awards. He edited (along with Terry Bossert), seven editions of PENNSYLVANIA ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & PRACTICE (Pa. Bar Institute Press). In 1999, the second edition won the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Best Publication Category in the annual contest sponsored by the International Association for Continuing Legal Education.

 

He also edited (along with Steven Saunders) the first two editions of THE LAW OF OIL AND GAS IN PENNSYLVANIA (Pa. Bar Institute Press). In 2015, the first edition won the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications in the annual contest sponsored by the International Association for Continuing Legal Education.

 

Burcat grew up in Philadelphia. He has two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. He lives with his wife in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the place that provides the setting for many of his stories.

Awards and Recognition

 

Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Thriller) for AMID RAGE

Runner Up, 2021 Los Angeles Book Festival (Best Genre Fiction) for AMID RAGE

Honorable Mention, 2021 San Francisco Book Festival (Best Fiction)

Second Place, 2020 PennWritiers (Novel Beginnings Competition) for STRANGE FIRE

Honorable Mention at 2019 Readers’ Favorite (for Fiction-Legal Thriller) for DRINK TO EVERY BEAST

Honorable Mention at N.Y. Book Festival 2019 (for Best General Fiction) for DRINK TO EVERY BEAST

Semi-Finalist, ScreenCraft Short Story Contest for Excellence and Cinematic Potential, February 15, 2017, for Leaving Rhodesia

Quarter-Finalist, ScreenCraft Short Story Contest for Excellence and Cinematic Potential, February 1, 2017, for Leaving Rhodesia and Turning Point

Quarter-Finalist, ScreenCraft Short Story Competition for Excellence and Cinematic Potential, January 2016, for Invaiatura

Honorable Mention, 2013 Valhalla Press Legal Professionals Writing Contest, for Executioner