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The Big Thrill Discusses NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH with Robyn Gigl

Book Cover: NOTHING BUT THE TRUTHNew Jersey State Trooper Jon Mazer has been charged with killing Black investigative reporter Stewart Marshall in a racially charged, headline-making murder. The evidence against criminal defense attorney Erin McCabe’s new client is overwhelming. The gun used is Mazer’s off-duty weapon. Fingerprints and carpet fibers link Mazer to the crime. And Mazer was patrolling Marshall’s neighborhood shortly before the victim took three bullets to the chest. Mazer’s argument? He’s a gay officer being set up to take the fall in an even bigger story.

As Erin deals with an intensely personal issue at home, and faces an uphill battle to prove her client’s innocence, both she and Duane find themselves mired in a conspiracy of corruption deeper than they imagined—and far more dangerous than they feared.

Robyn Gigl recently sat down with The Big Thrill to discuss her latest legal thriller, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

Author Photo: Robyn Gigl

Robyn Gigl

Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?

I was having a drink with a friend and we were talking about his career in law enforcement and he said, “You should really write a book about the ‘Lords of Discipline.'” He then went on to explain that they were a rogue group within the NJ State Police who targeted minorities both inside and outside of the state police.

When you first created your protagonist for this book, did you see an empty space in crime lit that you wanted to fill? What can you share about the inspiration for that character?

This is my fourth book in the Erin McCabe series. There are very few transgender characters in the thriller genre and even fewer who are the main protagonist. So, there was definitely an empty space. Erin is my attempt to write a smart, funny and strong character that represents the transgender community in a positive way and help educate people who are not transgender about the issues faced by trans people.

In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?

That transgender people are just like everyone else trying to live the best lives they can.


Robyn Gigl is an author, attorney and advocate. Time Magazine selected her novel, Survivor’s Guilt, as one of the 100 best Mystery and Thriller books of All Time. Her first novel, By Way of Sorrow, was called “quietly groundbreaking” by the NY Times and named one of the best crime novels of 2021 by CrimeReads. Survivor’s Guilt was also named one of the best crime novels of 2022 by the NY Times, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and won the Joseph Hansen Award for LGBTQ+ Crime Writing. Robyn’s third novel, Remain Silent, was published in May 2023. Her fourth novel, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH will be published in June 2024.

Robyn lives in NJ, and continues to practice law by day, and work on her next book by night. Fortunately, she has a very boring social life.

To learn more about the author, please visit her website.