Inside the Book

The Sheltering Palms

Preston Howard
Preston Howard Press
Pages: 519
Fictional Autobiography/Historical Fiction/Satire


Renowned police labor lawyer, Preston Howard, reached a watershed in his life—a forced retirement from the firm he built from the ground up and a cancer diagnosis. These two events made him take a step back and reflect over a life that had at times been hilarious, irreverent, self-mocking, eerie and even a bit, make that, quite lewd.

A family of unique characters guided the lawyer’s formative years: a bourbon-swilling, brilliant yet flawed grandfather who mentored the young lad in matters of religion, politics and the quest for knowledge; a psychic mother; an oversexed nanny; an aunt and uncle who fought on the front lines of integration; and a fire-balling uncle who got his fifteen minutes of fame in The Show.

Preston Howard first made his mark as a crime-fighting attorney representing the Tucson Police Department. Then he spent over forty illustrious years as a labor lawyer working with police officers and union leaders and handling the gamut of fascinating, high-profile cases across the country and even in other countries.

His many tall yarns might be viewed by some with the greatest suspicion, but his story-telling is undeniably first-class, witty, and absorbing.


“The best book I’ve ever read about lawyers, cops, and unions.” Bob Helpert, Tucson, Arizona


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Meet the Author

Preston Howard

Preston Howard spent his entire career working on behalf of police officers, representing them under adverse circumstances, negotiating contracts to improve officers’ benefits and working conditions, and training police union officials in the art of leadership. He has written numerous books and lectured not only in this country but abroad as well.

His latest book is the fictional autobiography/historical fiction/satire, The Sheltering Palms.

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THE SHELTERING PALMS was a well written book that was a bit slow, but the plot easily made up for that pace of the book. The characters were well developed and the plot line flowed at a steady pace. I particularly liked Preston Howard. I liked the way the book was an sort of fictional autobiography as it was a great way for the author to write this book and it was also the first time that I have read a fictional autobiography that I enjoyed.

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