“Stinging and insightful...Acknowledging the balance between her heart and her head, Ridha amply demonstrates what can happen when the balance is upset.”
“An unflinching account...Positioned as both insider and outsider, lawyer and criminal, Ridha creates a juicy narrative that serves as a vehicle for reflecting on criminal behavior and the human inclination to transgress.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Ridha’s remorse and guilty feelings are palpable...A cautionary (albeit sometimes lighthearted) tale.”
“Jennifer Ridha’s story rivets, jars, compels, and challenges. Her search for justice leads her to a merciful crime of the most human variety within a morally bankrupt criminal system. Although her journey is a tough one, Criminal That I Am contains many moments enlivened by Ridha’s wry wit and powerful sense of irony. Her spirit, fortitude, and candor will stay with you long after the last page is turned.”
– Margaux Fragoso, author of Tiger, Tiger
“In her unique and humorous voice, Jennifer Ridha hasgiven us an utterly fascinating view into the events that so effortlesslyunraveled her life and turned her into the most unlikely of criminal co-conspirators.Criminal That I Am is unexpected in all of the best ways, and althoughhers is a compelling cautionary tale, I was left hoping that Ridha wouldcommit another crime, just so I could read about it again. I loved this book.”
– Matthew Logelin, New York Times bestselling author of Two Kisses for Maddy
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A graduate of Columbia Law School, Jennifer Ridha has at various times in her life been a lawyer, a law professor, and a criminal defendant in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in legal anthropology, urban studies, and criminal justice. Criminal That I Am is her first book. Visit her website at JenniferRidha.com.