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Zagula has latest book available

September 30, 2012
By CRAIG HOWELL - Managing editor ( , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Area residents browsing their Kindle catalog looking for something new to read might notice a familiar name listed among the authors.

Ed Zagula, A Weirton resident and retired attorney recently had his latest book, "The Governor's Son," published. The book can be found exclusively through Amazon's Kindle e-reader. It can be purchased and downloaded onto the e-reader for $5.99.

"The Governor's Son," follows the work of Zach Stuart, a trial lawyer in South Carolina who is hired to defend Danny Browning, the son of South Carolina Governor Yancy Browning, in a case involving the murder of shady businessman Mario Manelli.

Zagula explained the book is based, in part, on some of his own experiences, including cases with which he has been involved, as well as his years living in South Carolina while attending college at the University of South Carolina.

"I have some very pleasant memories," he said of his time in South Carolina.

Filled with politics and shady business dealings, the story follows the investigation as Stuart works to clear the younger Browning of the charges, all while discovering the true culprit.

"This particular book has some twists and turns," Zagula said.

Although he spent much of his life as an attorney, Zagula explained writing has provided him with a different way to express himself on a variety of his experiences.

"I was probably doing it to help myself and get things out of my system," he said.

This also has not been his first book. His first story about Stuart was published by a company in Pittsburgh.

During his law career, Zagula would serve two terms as Hancock County prosecuting attorney and was among the founders of the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He was primarily involved in representing plaintiffs in civil cases, but also occasionally represented defendants in criminal trials.

He has been a member of the Melvin Belli Society and received the AV Preiminent Award.

(Howell can be contacted at and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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