Lawyer Teaches Philosophy with Crime Novel

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Lloyd Zane Remick supposes everyone has that one novel they want to write.

But what not everyone has done is take the next step in writing and publishing that novel.

In December, Remick fulfilled that dream and published Two Times Platinum, available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.  


Lloyd Zane Remick | Photo provided

“I decided to write a lawyer crime novel,” Remick said, “that deals with the glamour and the glitz that people suppose is the entertainment world, but from the practical, seedy side, the underside, of how a lot of this operates.”

Two Times Platinum gives an insider’s perspective on the sports and entertainment industries. It follows Dex Randle, an entertainment lawyer in Philadelphia. A young singer from a poor background named Val Clifton aligns herself with a seedy, mob character to achieve fame. When Randle takes her on as a client, he finds his life drastically changed.

Remick, 80, a member of Adath Israel, has worked as an entertainment and sports lawyer for more than 50 years, during which time he has represented award-winning artists, writers and producers, as well as television, radio and entertainment personalities and professional athletes; those clients have included jazz musician Grover Washington Jr. He is also the CEO of Zane Management Inc., a communication consulting firm, and an adjunct professor of entertainment law at Temple University.

He has deep roots in Philadelphia, having gotten his bachelor’s degree at Wharton, his JD from Temple University and his LLM from Villanova University.

He only lived away from the area for a period after law school, when he served as a judge advocate general in the Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the early years of the Vietnam War.

“Some of my younger associates think that I started practicing law with Abraham Lincoln,” Remick said. “[Since I started practicing,] the evolution of sports and the music world and entertainment has become much more sophisticated with managers and agents and large corporations. … What has really changed the whole music world is the evolution of technology. Whereas, when you were younger, you went out and bought a CD, now you go on iTunes or CD Baby or Spotify, and it’s changed the whole world and the way you have to approach things.”

Remick noted that his life shares enough similarities with the novel’s protagonist for readers to make the assumption that his own life inspired Two Times Platinum, but he stressed that the book is fictional.

“Let’s just say that the book is a fictionalized account and that there are some, obviously, elements I have experienced but not, am I, disclosing any particular clients or anything,” Remick said. “There’s a whole side of the entertainment, music and sports world about how deals get done, and I have portrayed some of that in my book.”

Remick has been published before — law review articles, contract books and even a book of poetry. But Two Times Platinum is much different.

Several years ago, he started to put the novel together. For about nine months, Monday through Friday, he worked on it from midnight to exactly 3 a.m. He chose to write during those hours because he found he had uninterrupted time and was able to concentrate fully.

He said he had to teach himself to better use a computer to write it. At one point, he accidentally deleted an entire night’s work.

Cover of Two Times Platinum

After letting the book sit for a while, Remick sought a publisher, eventually signing with Austin Macauley Publishers.

“Once the editorial board learned of [Remick’s] background, they were quickly intrigued by how these experiences would translate into his writing, and they were not disappointed,” said Cassidy Colarik, marketing assistant at Austin Macauley. “Two Times Platinum takes its readers on a glamorous and thrilling adventure intertwining the posh lifestyles of celebrities and the dark underbelly of organized crime, which we believe would appeal to a wide variety of readers.”

Remick wanted to find a publisher that would allow the book to not only include exciting illicitness, but also offer readers lessons on ethics and philosophy — a nod to his teaching background.

“Those who are young lawyers, and especially those who are interested in the entertainment and sports field, can learn a great deal,” Remick said. “There is a lot of teaching woven within the fabric of this storyline, but what I tried to do is implant some form of philosophy.”

One example is a theme throughout Two Times Platinum, that the practice of law is fraught with peril. Remick said this serves as a warning to those in the field to keep a high moral standard.

“Life is a continual learning curve of experiences,” he said, “and from each experience that you have, you can look at in a positive manner to extract learning and a learning curve from it, and as you mature and develop, you learn more of what life is about and how you learn from your various experiences.”

Remick wants to work on bringing the book’s philosophy into law classrooms, such as at a fall lecture planned at Villanova University. He is also hoping to have a lunch and learn at Adath Israel on the book’s philosophy and Judaism.

Because of his professional and academic background, he often has speaking engagements and has added the book into those talks. He also has been interviewed on several radio shows.

Though Two Times Platinum might offer lessons for those interested in entertainment and sports law, the novel is for everyone. In fact, Remick pictured it as a fast read, maybe even as a movie.

“In my mind, I see Al Pacino as the crime boss,” Remick said. “I see Jamie Foxx or Will Smith as the producer. I have a couple of people in mind for the singer. I’m not quite sure who should be the lawyer, but Kevin Bacon and his wife make a perfect couple. So yes, I’ve really thought about it.” 

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