GERALD T. MCLAUGHLIN, former dean of Loyola Law School, was born in 1941 in New York City. He earned his BA degree from Fordham College and graduated New York University Law School where he was managing editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After teaching at the University of Connecticut, Fordham and Brooklyn Law Schools, he became dean of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he currently serves as dean emeritus and professor of law. He has lectured and written extensively in the field of commercial law.

In 2005, Dean McLaughlin coached a Loyola Law School team who won the VIS (East) International Arbitration Competition held in Hong Kong.

The Parchment

A thousand years later, while on a Crusade to Palestine, a descendant of the merchant finally uncovers those secrets below the temple. They include an astonishing parchment that threatens the very foundations of the Church and Christianity.

"The book is fantastic. It takes historical novels to heights which few authors can reach." - Michael Gould

"The Parchment is not just a great first novel, it's a great novel! Period." - Carol Colman

"The secrets-and possible 'treasure' of The Knights Templar, a medieval order, have been heavily mined ever since The DaVinci Code. McLaughlin, Dean Emeritus of LA's Loyola Law School, has something fresh to offer. The tapestry he weaves is both riveting and meticulous." - The Poisoned Pen Reviews

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Coming Soon

Legend of the Lance
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Back in the Game
A charming look at how a recently widowed father of three children gets back into the life of bachelorhood.


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