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James Block Zagel

Born: 1941 in Chicago, Il
Pen Name: James Zagel

Connection to Illinois: Judge Zagel earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1962 and a master's degree from the University of Chicago in the same year. He then earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1965.

Biography: James Block Zagel is a United States district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and a novelist. Judge Zagel began his career as an assistant state's attorney in Cook County, Illinois. He then served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois from 1969 until 1977. Concurrent to the job as assistant attorney general, Judge Zagel ran the Criminal Justice Division in the attorney general's office from 1970 until 1977, and he also served as chief prosecuting attorney for the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board.Judge Zagel has presided over many high-profile trials, including the 2007-2009 Family Secrets trial, which resulted in the convictions of multiple members of the Chicago Outfit.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

James Zagel on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Money to burn /
ISBN: 0399148914 OCLC: 48544129

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : ©2002.

"The Honorable Paul E. Devine is a Federal Districk Court judge in Chicago. His best friend is a fire department paramedic who augments his income by committing insurance-fraud arson. The two plaintiffs in Devine's latest case are in a unique position to help him settle anold score. If everything goes just right, the four of them will knock over the Federal Reserve vault for $100 million that will never be missed."--Jacket.