Lawyer by Day, Novelist by Night: Dee Kelly Jr.

Kelly steps out from behind his pseudonym Landon Wallace and releases a second novel, “The Election,” a romance set against a Texas political backdrop.

The evite went out quietly to some of Fort Worth’s most prominent West Siders: come to a private book signing Wednesday night by the virtually unknown Fort Worth novelist Landon Wallace, just releasing his second book, “The Election,”  a romance set against a Texas political backdrop. If any of the invited guests wondered who Wallace is, they certainly recognized the party hosts: the Fort Worth lawyer Dee Kelly Jr. and his wife Dana.

Of course, there’s more. It turns out Wallace is a pseudonym. And Kelly – a partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman, the Fort Worth law firm co-founded by his dad, Dee Kelly Sr., who died in 2015 – is the real Wallace.  With “The Election,” published by a Fort Worth collective called Trinity River Press, an imprint for Landon Wallace books, Kelly is stepping out and acknowledging he’s the shadowy man beneath the wide-brimmed hat in the author’s bio on both books.

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