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The Author is the thirteenth episode of the first season of Matlock.
Guest Stars: Parker Stevenson (Dr. Phillip Eagen), Michael Durrell (Lloyd Burgess), Louise Caire Clark (Jessie Peters), Guy Stockwell (Chief Johnson), Stanley Kamel (Mark Douglas), Brion James (Glock), John Schuck (Carl Burke), Elizabeth Savage (Barbara Gleason), John O'Leary (Kevin DeLuca)
and Audra Lindley (Mary Ann Newton)
Someone takes a shot at an author who wrote a roman a clef about her small town, but kills a reverend standing beside her and Matlock defends a doctor charged with the crime.