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Assume Treason: A Matt Barlow Novel by Paul Lisnek

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Assume Treason

A Matt Barlow Novel

Book 2

by Paul Lisnek

A Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist-Mystery Category!

With time running out to prove an assassination plot is in the works, jury consultant, Matt Barlow must dig deep to find answers.

Matt Barlow and his team are back, this time using their research skills on behalf of presidential candidate, Senator Marie Kent. Matt’s okay using his jury consulting firm in service of a good cause, and Senator Kent has a real shot at the nomination.

No sooner has Matt sealed the contract than the political primary season erupts in threats and bombings on one campaign office after another, from Utah to South Carolina. Are these incidents related to recent mall shootings? Matt and his team are not convinced and will have to prove their case.

With the primary race tightening, Matt and his researcher, Rick Seymour, keep their eyes on one Mike Toomey, the likely nominee for the other party. He’s a guy whose past leads to a stealthy network of white supremacists and seemingly ordinary people willing to kill for a cause. Worse, some campaign operatives may or may not be who they claim. With the Democratic National Convention in Chicago a possible target, Matt and his team race to prevent an assassination attempt.

Author Bio

Paul Lisnek’s world includes television, radio, jury consulting, and politics. These worlds converge in Assume Treason, a political thriller. This book follows Assume Guilt, which introduced Matt Barlow to the world. Prior to his novels, Paul authored 13 works of nonfiction. A political analyst for WGN-TV, Paul appears on all of its #1 rated newscasts seen throughout the greater Chicago area. He also anchors “WGN-TV Political Report,” a weekly look at national and local politics. From 2010 to 2020, he anchored, “Politics Tonight,” a live nightly TV talk show seen on CLTV in Chicago. Paul hosts Broadway in Chicago Backstage and Newsmakers for the Comcast Network. He anchors a podcast for WGN Radio called Behind the Curtain, which can be heard at

Paul holds a law degree and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He is a jury and trial consultant with Decision Analysis, Inc. based in Los Angeles. His firm has worked in notable cases including O.J. Simpson, Whitewater, People vs. Phil Spector, Heidi Fleiss (Hollywood Madame), Casey Anthony (Tot Mom case), and People vs. Kwame Kilpatrick (Mayor of Detroit).

Paul has taught at the University of Illinois, Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University in Chicago, and Pepperdine University’s Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is a national lecturer on Constitutional Law and Ethics for BarBri Bar Review and speaks at conferences, corporate meetings, and for government entities around the world. The Museum of Broadcast Communication in Chicago hosts the Paul M. Lisnek Gallery, a permanent exhibit honoring Paul’s life and career. Learn more about Paul’s books or contact him at; you can also follow him on social media.

Category Political thriller / Legal mystery


Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-951375-39-3 $23.99

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-951375-40-9 $13.99

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-951375-41-6 $8.99

Review quotes

“Chicago’s own Paul Lisnek offers an electrifying tale of a presidential campaign in troubled times.”

—Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist, Chicago Tribune

Assume Treason is one of the best I’ve read in a long time!”

—Rep. Mike Quigley, Member, U.S. House of Representatives

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