Kenney, Linda 1953–
Kenney, Linda 1953–
(Linda B. Kenney)
PERSONAL: Born 1953; wife of Michael Baden (a writer). Education: Rutgers University School of Law, graduate (magna cum laude).
CAREER: Attorney and novelist. Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division John F. Lynch, judicial clerkship; Meyner & Landis, Newark, NJ, attorney; Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, Monmouth, NJ, assistant prosecutor, 1980–84; attorney in private practice, 1980–. Legal commentator for MSNBC, CNN, Court TV, and CNBC. Member of board of trustees, Brookdale Community College and Brookdale Community College Foundation; chairperson, District Fee Arbitration Committee; C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court, master.
MEMBER: American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
(With Michael Baden) Remains Silent: A Novel, Knopf (New York, NY), 2005.
SIDELIGHTS: In addition to coauthoring her first novel, Linda Kenney is a practicing attorney who has participated in many high-profile cases, including pretrial hearings for Michael Skakel, a racial-profiling case against the New Jersey State Police, and the exhumation of the supposed final victim of Albert DeSalvo—the Boston Strangler—that resulting in DNA testing that proved DeSalvo was not the killer in that instance. Kenney's experiences provide a wealth of background for Remains Silent, a novel coauthored with husband and former New York City medical examiner Michael Baden.
Remains Silent is a forensic mystery in which medical examiner Jake Rosen must investigate a number of human remains that are found at a construction site, a task he finds himself sharing with legal crusader Philomena Manfreda. Together they work to determine the identities of the bodies and why they were buried in such an unlikely location. A contributor to Kirkus Reviews found the book to be "tightly plotted." Stuart Shiffman, writing for Bookreporter.com, remarked that, "fast-paced and well-written, Remains Silent is a promising start to many future adventures."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Intelligence Wire, September 13, 2003, "Interview with Michael Baden, Vito Colucci, Linda Kenney"; August 16, 2005, "Interview with Michael Baden, Linda Kenney."
Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2005, review of Remains Silent, p. 697.
Library Journal, August 1, 2005, Leslie Maden, review of Remains Silent, p. 64.
Bookreporter.com, http://www.bookreporter.com/ (October 16, 2005), Stuart Shiffman, review of Remains Silent.