Legal Thriller

The Trial

It seems that so many legal thriller writers use the setting of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.  It’s rare to find legal thrillers based in the great state of Texas. The Trial by Larry D. Thompson is one book that has Texas as its setting and is the reason for why I decided to give this legal thriller a try.

Looking Forward to 2013

So the New Year is upon us and there are many things to look forward to in the coming year. I am looking forward to keeping my new year's resolution of reading more books than I did in 2012. I am also looking forward to all the new books that will be releasing in 2013! I have actually started requesting 2013 books through the HCPL catalog. Here are three titles that will release next year that you can request as well! 

Blood Money by James Grippando

The Trial of Fallen Angels

I have never read a paranormal legal thriller, until I stumbled upon The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel Jr.

A lawyer arrives in the afterlife without knowing what happened to her. She gets assigned to present cases for the final judgment. While she starts to know her "clients" she slowly realizes she is defending the lives of others who were connected to her life.

Above the Law

Tim Green brings his readers a twisting legal thriller titled Above The Law.  If you are looking for suspense, thrills, and action then you should give this book a try.

The Racketeer

The Legal Thriller genre would be incomplete without John Grisham. When it comes to weaving a suspenseful court room thriller, no one does it better than Grisham.  Each year fans of the genre eagerly wait for Grisham to release his latest. This year The Racketeer was eagerly awaited by me and many other Grisham fans. So does The Racketeer live up to the expectations of a John Grisham novel?

The Reversal (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)

The Reversal by Michael Connelly is a book that belongs in the very popular Lincoln Lawyer series. The Lincoln Lawyer as we all have come to know is Mickey Haller, a defense attorney, who operates out of his Lincoln Town Car. Mickey Haller can best be described as a street lawyer. In this book Mickey Haller has gone from defense attorney to prosecutor, hence the title The Reversal.

Defending Jacob

I have seen this book come in and out of our library regularly. Patrons and friends have asked me to read it.  I wish I had taken the time earlier to read Defending Jacob by William Landay, because it has been one of my most satisfying reads in a long time.

The Wrong Man

David Ellis is a new writer in the Legal Thriller genre. Like most authors in the genre he is a lawyer. He is also well known for prosecuting and convicting Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois. Ellis's The Wrong Man features the mafia, an assassin, international terrorists, a homeless Iraq war veteran, and a strong defense lawyer. The Wrong Man seems to have all the right ingredients for an enjoyable legal thriller, but does it live up to the hype?

Plain Truth

A dead baby is found on an Amish farm. The police investigate the death and discover that the baby was murdered. An eighteen year old unmarried Amish girl named Katie is charged with the murder. Ellie Hathaway, an attorney, is a distant relative to Katie and decides to take her defense. Katie keeps denying that she had a baby out of wedlock, as she fears that she will be excluded from her Amish community. Ellie has to get Katie to stop changing her story and give her the plain truth.

The Jury Master

Robert Dugoni is a new name in the legal thriller genre. He hasn’t received too much notoriety as other authors in the genre, but he is definitely someone to look out for in the future. I came to know of this lawyer turned writer through a friend and decided to give his debut novel, The Jury Master, a try. 

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