Doubling Up

by Paul Verity

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Doubling Up begins in the French Quarter with a day in the life of a young lawyer named Matt Durant gone horribly awry: after a few beers, Matt works up the courage to visit a gay bar. There he meets a stranger named Joey Buckner. When Matt and Joey duck into an alley behind the bar to take a leak, three drunks happen on the pair, beat up Joey, and force Matt to attack one of the men. Matt is thrown in Orleans Parish Prison and has to call his boss for help, which forces him out of the closet.  The book then follows the course of Matt’s subsequent trial and its consequences.


Paul Verity grew up in the deep South and was always interested by the history of the movement for the civil rights of African-Americans.  An avid reader from childhood, Verity first conceived Doubling Up in college as a novel about an interracial relationship.  In his travels around the country throughout the course of his education and employment, Verity became more aware of the contemporaneous struggle for gay rights.  Doubling Up is an amalgamation of themes from those two separate struggles for civil rights and invites the reader to compare and contrast the two.  As a practicing lawyer, Verity also hopes that he has stripped any unnecessary legalese from the underlying constitutional debate and made it more accessible to the interested, lay reader.  At the same time, Verity does not shy away from fully developing the legal proceedings and issues and hopes that Doubling Up will appeal to the same audience that enjoys the sort of gritty legal realism found on television series such as the various Law and Order programs.  Verity enjoys reading and watching college football in his spare time.