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Philip Jett

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Philip Jett
BornPhilip Nathan Jett
(1961-01-13) January 13, 1961 (age 60)
Union City, Tennessee, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Tennessee (BS)University of Tennessee College of Law (JD)
New York University School of Law (LLM)
GenresTrue crime
ChildrenPhilip Austin (born 1998)
Paul Brandon (born 2001)[1]

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Philip Nathan Jett (born January 13, 1961)[2] is an American writer and former attorney.

Early life and education[edit]

Jett was born in Union City, Tennessee, the son of Paul and Yvonne Jett. His father was a television repairman and his mother a homemaker. His father died while he was young leaving the family on the verge of bankruptcy. He grew up in small rural communities in Northwest Tennessee where he graduated as the valedictorian of Obion County Central High School.[1][3]

Jett moved to Martin and Knoxville, Tennessee, where he attended the University of Tennessee. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. He then moved to Manhattan and attended New York University School of Law, where one of Jett’s classmates was John F. Kennedy Jr. It was sitting in the City Lights Bar atop the North Tower of the World Trade Center one night with a roommate from New Zealand that Jett considered how fortunate he was to be exposed to all that was New York, something he still relishes today. He received bachelors, law, and master of laws degrees.[1][3]

Philip Jett graduated from the University of Tennessee before attending New York University School of Law.


Jett practiced corporate and tax law for almost twenty years in a large regional law firm in Nashville, Tennessee, representing multinational corporations, CEOs, and celebrities from the music, television, and sports industries. He also lobbied the United States Congress to make federal tax law changes, before retiring.[4][3]

His first narrative nonfiction book, The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty, was published on September 26, 2017, by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers Ltd.[4] It has been described as one of the “Best True-Crime Stories” of 2017 by the The New York Times.[5]

Jett has written several articles for The History Reader[6] and Criminal Element[7] and the online Nashville Banner.[8] While a lawyer, he wrote for national legal periodicals, such as the Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations[9] and Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios,[10] from which his articles were cited in legal treatises.[11]

He wrote his first book in 2004, See You in Possum Trot, to give to his family as a Christmas gift. It was a satirical account of his family’s life in a roughneck area during the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was so well-received that he gave writing serious consideration. After a failed attempt to have a historical fiction book published, Jett turned to narrative non-fiction and used his skills as a lawyer to organize, research, and write The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty, about the 1960 kidnapping and murder of the CEO and heir of the Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado. This time his efforts were rewarded with an immediate contract to publish his debut nonfiction book by St. Martin’s Press.[4][3] As Booklist noted, “The author puts his legal experience to good use with behind-the-scenes insights into investigative legwork while crafting a suspenseful true-crime narrative that reads like an edge-of-the-seat detective story.”[12]

His book, The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty, has been used by one of the world's leading geopolitical intelligence platforms to advise national and international companies and executives on the dangers of kidnapping.[13]

Jett has been interviewed on television and radio.[14][15][3] He now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he volunteers for children’s causes. He has two sons: Austin and Brandon.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dame, Megan (20 October 2017). "OC native and retired attorney turns his attention to writing books". Union City Daily Messenger.
  2. My Life; Retrieved on 2018-02-14.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Philip Jett website; Retrieved on 2018-14-02.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.; Retrieved on 2018-14-02.
  5. Stasio, Marilyn (26 October 2017). "Stranger Than Fiction: The Best True-Crime Stories". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  6. The History Reader; Retrieved on 2018-02-15.
  7. Criminal Element; Retrieved on 2018-02-15.
  8. Nashville Banner; Retrieved on 2018-02-15.
  9. Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations, Jan/Feb 1998, Vol 9/No 4 p. 171; Sept/Oct 1994, Vol 6/No 2 p. 74.
  10. Bloomberg BNA Tax Portfolios; Retrieved on 2018-02-14.
  11. Hopkins, Bruce R. The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations (2005), fn. 222.
  12. Booklist;Retrieved on 2018-02-14.
  13. "Lessons from a Kidnapping Gone Wrong". Stratfor. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  14. "Colorado and Company". 9News Denver. September 26, 2017.
  15. "Colorado Matters". Colorado Public Radio. October 6, 2017.

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