It isn’t every day that a medical historian and law professor calls you about a cold case you worked on nearly 60 years ago. For professor Michael Meltsner, that call led into the Northeastern archives, and ultimately to a new book.
Meltsner is the George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law at Northeastern University, and his new novel, “Mosaic: Who Paid for the Bullet?” dramatizes the investigation of a murdered doctor in the Jim Crow-era South of the 1960s. Meltsner’s second novel, “Mosaic” follows Christopher North, a fictional lawyer who traces the killing to the highest centers of power. But the novel’s inciting incident comes from a case Meltsner had a professional investment with in the 1960s.