My Cousin Vinny

The Book Series




Vinny and Lisa have returned to star in a new series of comic thrillers. Our wildly inappropriate attorney and his hot-blooded fiancée will star in a new series of comic thrillers with Lisa leading the investigation and Vinny in charge of litigation.

My Cousin Vinny has always been my favorite film comedy, the one that made me late for appointments if it popped up on the TV when I should’ve been walking out the door. If you're on this page I’m guessing it’s one of your favorites as well. I’ve met very few people, who didn’t remember it with great fondness.

Am I sure?
Yeah! I'm pos-i-tive!

Warm regards,
Larry Kelter


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Customer Review
Grady HarpTop Contributor: Children's Books
5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Vincent Gambini could feel the planets moving into alignment as he studied the notes on his pad’
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
Popular New York author Lawrence Kelter has published over twelve mystery thrillers that always manage to find their way to the top of readers’ favorites. Though we all know Lawrence’s polished writing of crime dramas, in his book - BACK TO BROOKLYN - he entered a sphere every fine author envies: the ability to marry suspense, courtroom drama and satire! With MY COUSIN VINNY, and now Book 3 of that series - WING AND A PRAYER - he continues that degree of superb writing, in the same vein, yes, but even more hilarious and spoof-ridden.

In his Foreword to his first VINNY book Lawrence explained his concept for electing to write about this particular couple. ‘In the world of satire it is so incredibly rare that voices are created with such endearing charm and personality that they resonate with us still, decades later. Yet Dale Launer has done just that with the film “My Cousin Vinny”. The film was released on March 13, 1992 and has become an iconic comedy classic, a tale about two wrongly accused young men who are defended in an Alabama murder trial by Vincent Gambini, an inexperienced, wildly inappropriate lawyer unaccustomed to southern rules and manners. Mention the film by name or parrot any of the classic lines and you’ll find that practically everyone within earshot is immediately on the same page, going tit for tat with smiles plastered on their faces. “Am I sure? I’m pos-i-tive.” It’s rated the #2 all-time greatest legal thriller by IMDB, the Internet Movie Data Base, second only to John Grisham’s masterpiece A Time To Kill. To this day, the film is still used by professors in law schools as reference material in the instruction of courtroom procedure. Today, fans of the comedy are still tickled by the film’s wry sense of humor and sight gags. Personally speaking, I still get sucked in every time the film pops up on TV, and laugh just as hard as I did the first time I saw it. It just never gets old. Dale and I foresee a bright future for our sidesplitting couple, with Lisa investigating and Vinny litigating, much like Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles. I hope that you share my appreciation for this unique comedy. I look forward to continuing its legacy.’

Again Lawrence offers a summary of his plot in the well scribed synopsis: ‘Vincent Gambini is still outrageous but he’s knocking down legal opponents faster than ducks at a shooting gallery. It’s wheels-up as Vinny takes on opponents in New Hampshire and Mexico before hitting the ground in New Orleans where a young man has been accused of murder. With his previous attorney forced to resign, Vinny is charged with the responsibility of vindicating his defendant of this most heinous crime, but is he too late to turn around a trial that began well before he got involved? Vinny may not be a magician but that won’t stop him from trying to pull a rabbit out of his hat and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.’

Exceptional attention to detail – much like a painter or sculptor creating art – Kelter makes these new installments as lively and solid as the original. Really a fine set of novels! Grady Harp, August 20