Interview with Scott Richard Lord, author of ‘The Logic Bomb’
Scott R. Lord has been a highly successful criminal and civil trial lawyer for 35 years and is active in the practice of law with the law firm of Cohen & Lord, a P.C., located in the CenturyCity area of Los Angeles. Scott is a devoted student of Italian language and literature. He is the father and step-father of six children and lives with his wife and children in Santa Monica, California.
His latest book is the thriller, The Logic Bomb.
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About the Book:
Title: The Logic Bomb
Author: Scott Richard Lord
Publisher: The Logic Bomb
Fiction collides with fact with frightening prescience in Scott Lord’s ripped-from-the-headlines techno-thriller, THE LOGIC BOMB.
In his exciting debut as a novelist, Lord, a practicing lawyer, mixes shady financial deals, organized crime, and the real-life threat of cyber warfare into an unlikely but always entertaining blend of high drama and comedy.
Scott Turow, author of the bestselling legal thriller PRESUMED INNOCENT, hails Lord as “a terrific writer. Read THE LOGIC BOMB.”
Kirkus Reviews praises THE LOGIC BOMB as “rife with tense scenes dominated by gleefully unpredictable characters.”
Lord’s hero, Tom Tresh, is a Los Angeles lawyer living on an aging sailboat while struggling to support his seven-year-old son and an ex-wife. When a friend offers him a “huge payday” if he helps with a shady deal to sell a complex but seemingly harmless computer program to a Hong Kong company, Tresh finds himself in a firestorm of intrigue, because the program is actually a powerful cyber weapon, capable of infiltrating and destroying computer systems.
Lord cites former National Security Advisor Richard A. Clarke’s 2010 book, “Cyber War,” as one of the chief inspirations for writing THE LOGIC BOMB. Lord explains that a logic bomb is a type of cyber weapon, a “virtual explosive,” that can infiltrate various systems and wreck them.
So-called “logic bombs” actually exist, says Lord, and, according to the best authorities, are already planted in U.S. software programs that run our financial, transportation, utility and – scariest of all – defense systems.
(Clarke’s book) “describes in great detail the types of cyber attacks which we are all becoming familiar with,” Lord explains. “I decided that one of the cyber weapons he describes, a logic bomb, would be an excellent `MacGuffin’ for my story. Now cyberwar is filling the news. Little did I know!”
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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Scott! Can you tell us where you are from?
I was born in Chicago. My family moved to Los Angeles when I was 8. I grew up in the town of Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
When I was researching cyber war and weapons for the book, I stumbled across the name of a type of cyber weapon known as a logic bomb. I liked the sound of it.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
The cover was designed by the graphics folks at my publisher, Friesen Press. I had gone through a couple of different covers with other designers that I liked but didn’t love. But the second I saw this one, I knew it was right for my book.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
It’s fun! I wrote the kind of book that I would like to read: characters you can identify with, fast-moving, laced with high-stakes danger, and a few detours for a change of pace. And if this carries any weight with you, Scott Turow, one of my legal fiction heroes, was kind enough to give me a quote to use in my book promotion: “Scott Lord is a terrific writer. Read The Logic Bomb.”
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
Not at all, I’m not that deep. But seriously, The Logic Bomb points out what we are all learning more and more these days: Most of our computers and systems are incredibly vulnerable to criminals and terrorists.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
My favorite character, other than the main character, Tom, is Skip Williams. Skip is the homicidal head of a powerful gang. Skip is based on a very scary but very real crook I represented many years ago. Late in the book, I write a chapter about his background and how he became who he is.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
During my career as a trial lawyer, I met so many interesting people and learned so many great stories, it was always a dream of mine to write a novel using some of those people, places, and stories.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I like to think of myself as a tough, savvy lawyer as well as a thoughtful intellectual reader with sophisticated tastes. Yet years ago, I became hooked on the romance novels of Judith Krantz, you know, Scruples, Princess Daisy, Mistral’s Daughter – I loved all of them. Please don’t tell anyone.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
India, China, and Tibet. I keep putting off going because I don’t want to do a short tour, I want to spend months.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
I am definitely a morning person. That is the time I do my best writing.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
Yes, I have four brothers, three of whom write music, including lyrics.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Oh my gosh, yes. I was a voracious reader as a kid and would imagine myself so intensely in the world of the books I read that I would experience a great sadness when I had to return to the so-called real world.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
While of course I should say health and happiness for those I love, my wish would be to know exactly what happens to us after we die.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
To anyone who reads my book, I would so appreciate it if you would please take a minute or two to email me and et me know what you think of it. Thank you!