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By James Patterson, Mike Lupica. 2023
&“Patterson and Lupica make a great team&” (Carl Hiaasen) who get &“deep into the lives of strong women&” (Louise Penny)…and Jane Smith is their greatest creation—a badass lawyer with a year to live. &“Jane Smith is the best character we&’ve ever created. Bar none.&” —James Patterson and Mike Lupica Tough-as-nails criminal defense attorney Jane Smith is hip-deep in the murder trial of the century. Actually, her charmless client might&’ve committed several murders. She&’s also fallen in love with a wonderful guy. And an equally wonderful dog, a mutt. But Jane doesn&’t have much time. She&’s just received a terminal diagnosis giving her twelve months. Unless she&’s murdered before her expiration date.
By Fern Michaels. 2012
A woman exonerated of murder tries to rebuild her life in this novel by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author…of Southern Comfort. Ten years have passed since young nurse Sophie Lee was accused of murdering her wealthy patient, Audrey Star. Georgia attorney Mikala Aulani believed her innocence—and Adam Star&’s guilt—but the prosecution convinced a jury otherwise. Sophie was convicted on a Tuesday—the day on which every significant event in her life, good or bad, seems to happen. Now, on the verge of his death, Adam exonerates Sophie and leaves her a huge fortune in atonement as well. Sophie retreats to Kala&’s house and tries to evade the media frenzy that surrounds her. Kala is determined to help her client make her way back into the world. Yet for both, there are still revelations in store—about the nature of redemption, the strange workings of fate, and the power of forgiveness. And most of all, about the secrets that hide in every heart—even those we think we know best . . . Praise for Tuesday&’s Child &“A simple summer read that should please fans looking for a quick escape.&” —Publishers Weekly &“Michaels&’s latest is a blend of legal melodrama and contemporary fiction that&’s bound to surprise readers with its unpredictable ending.&” —RT Book Reviews
By Michael Ponsor. 2017
The stunning new legal thriller from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Hanging Judge, &“a talent to watch&” (The Washington…Post). When FBI agents barge into Sidney Cranmer&’s home accusing him of a heinous crime, the respected literature professor&’s life becomes a nightmare. Cranmer insists the illicit material found by the agents isn&’t his, but the charge against him appears airtight, and his academic specialty—the life and work of controversial author Lewis Carroll, creator of Alice&’s Adventures in Wonderland—convinces investigators he&’s lying. Presiding over the case against Professor Cranmer, U.S. District Judge David Norcross fears his daily confrontation with evil has made him too jaded to become a husband and father. His girlfriend, Claire Lindemann, teaches in the same department as the defendant and is convinced of his innocence. Soon, she will take matters into her own hands. Meanwhile—with his love life in turmoil and his plans for the future on hold—a personal tragedy leaves Norcross responsible for his two young nieces. Unbeknownst to him, a vengeful child predator hovers over his new family, preparing to strike. Michael Ponsor&’s debut novel, The Hanging Judge, was praised by retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens for reminding readers &“that the judicial process is not infallible&” and by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tracy Kidder for bearing &“the heft of authenticity.&” The One-Eyed Judge again draws on Ponsor&’s thirty years as a US district judge, offering readers an insider&’s view of one of the most harrowing kinds of cases faced by the courts. Fast-paced, thrilling, and thought-provoking, this is legal fiction at its most realistic and compelling. The One-Eyed Judge is the 2nd book in the Judge Norcross Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
By Michael Connelly. 2023
INSPIRATION FOR THE ORIGINAL SERIES THE LINCOLN LAWYER – THE #1 TV SHOW ON NETFLIXFrom #1 New York Times bestselling…author Michael Connelly: Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller enlists the help of his half-brother, Harry Bosch, to prove the innocence of a woman convicted of killing her husband. Defense attorney Mickey Haller is back, taking the long shot cases, where the chances of winning are one in a million. After getting a wrongfully convicted man out of prison, he is inundated with pleas from incarcerated people claiming innocence. He enlists his half brother, retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, to weed through the letters, knowing most claims will be false. Bosch pulls a needle from the haystack: a woman in prison for killing her husband, a sheriff&’s deputy, but who still maintains her innocence. Bosch reviews the case and sees elements that don&’t add up, and a sheriff&’s department intent on bringing quick justice in the killing of one of its own. Now Haller has an uphill battle in court, a David fighting Goliaths to vindicate his client. The path for both lawyer and investigator is fraught with danger from those who don&’t want the case reopened and will stop at nothing to keep the Haller-Bosch dream team from finding the truth. Packed with intrigue and courtroom drama, Resurrection Walk shows once again that Michael Connelly is &“the most consistently superior living crime fiction author&” (South Florida Sun Sentinel).
By Allen Eskens. 2023
A lawyer's race to reveal a wrongful conviction collides with the dark shadow of a murder in his own home…in this propulsive and perfectly-plotted thriller from "one of our best crime writers at the top of his game" (William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author)."Ambitious, absorbing, and deeply satisfying."―Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Eskens brilliantly combines legal and personal drama." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Superb . . . another Eskens novel to be savored." ―South Florida Sun-Sentinel When Boady Sanden first receives the case of Elijah Matthews, he&’s certain there&’s not much he can do. Elijah, who believes himself to be a prophet, has been locked up in a psychiatric hospital for the past four years, convicted of brutally murdering the pastor of a megachurch. But as a law professor working for the Innocence Project, Boady agrees to look into Elijah&’s file. When he does, he is alarmed to find threads that lead back to the death of his colleague and friend, Ben Pruitt, a man shot to death four years earlier in Boady&’s own home. Ben&’s daughter, Emma, has lived with Boady and Boady&’s wife Dee ever since that awful night. Now fourteen years old, Emma has been growing distant, and soon makes a fateful choice that takes her far from the safety of her godparents. Desperate to bring her home, and to free an innocent man, Boady must do all he can to investigate Elijah&’s case while fighting to save the family he has deeply come to love. Written with energy, propulsion, and his characteristic pathos and insight, Eskens delivers another pitch-perfect legal thriller that reveals a twisted murder and explores faith, love, family, and redemption along the way.
By Pascale Robert-Diard. 2024
This sharp, compelling legal drama from an acclaimed French journalist explores why a teenage victim lied about her rape and…how the disadvantaged become scapegoats.At 15, Lisa was a typical teenager, at times rebellious and impulsive, adjusting to newfound attention from boys and men. But when her demeanor takes a sudden turn, her teachers suspect something worse than adolescent moodiness. Lisa eventually confesses that she&’s been abused, multiple times, and suspicion quickly falls on Marco, a worker who had done projects at her parents&’ house. With his troubled history of drinking, unemployment, and casual sex, he&’s sentenced without hesitation to 10 years in prison.While others consider the matter settled and want to move on, guilt eats away at Lisa. No longer a minor, she drops her family&’s hotshot Parisian lawyer ahead of the appeal hearing and makes a surprise visit to the office of a local attorney, Alice. Unassuming yet dogged in seeking justice, Alice agrees to represent her, and bring to light the painful truths obscured by Lisa&’s past lies.Drawing on years of experience covering trials, Pascale Robert-Diard combines keen insight and a vivid, powerful writing style in this story at the intersection of the #MeToo movement and class inequality.
By Joey Hartstone. 2022
A freewheeling, small-town attorney takes on a national murder trial when an out-of-town client is accused of killing a federal judge in…Texas.&“A spectacular courtroom thriller that kept me turning pages like the best of Grisham or Turow." —Michelle King, co-creator of The Good Wife, The Good Fight, and EvilThe town of Marshall, Texas, is the epicenter of intellectual property law in the US—renowned for its speedy trials and massive payouts. One of its best lawyers is James Euchre. His newest client, Amir Zawar, is a CEO forced to defend his life&’s work against a patent infringement claim. But when a beloved hometown hero is murdered, all signs point to Zawar, an outsider with no alibi. With the help of a former federal prosecutor and a local PI, Euchre hopes to uncover the truth. In his first criminal case, the stakes couldn&’t be higher. Euchre fears either an innocent man will be sent to death row, or he&’ll help set a murderer free. The Local is a small-town thriller crackling with courtroom tension right up to the final verdict.
By Michael Ponsor. 2013
From the author of The One-Eyed Judge: A New York Times–bestselling novel about a federal death penalty trial from the…perspective of the presiding judge. When a drive-by shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, claims the lives of a drug dealer and a hockey mom volunteering at an inner-city clinic, the police arrest a rival gang member. With no death penalty in Massachusetts, the US attorney shifts the double homicide out of state jurisdiction into federal court so he can seek a death sentence. The Honorable David S. Norcross, a federal judge with only two years on the bench, now presides over the first death penalty case in the state in decades. He must referee the clash between an ambitious female prosecutor and a brilliant veteran defense attorney in a high-stress environment of community outrage, media pressure, vengeful gang members, and a romantic entanglement that threatens to capsize his trial—not to mention the most dangerous force of all: the unexpected. Written by judge Michael Ponsor, who presided over Massachusetts&’s first capital case in over fifty years, The Hanging Judge explores the controversial issue of capital punishment in a dramatic and thought-provoking way that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is &“a crackling court procedural&” (Anita Shreve) and &“gripping legal thriller&” (Booklist) perfect for fans of Scott Turow.
By Tonya Mitchell. 2024
A woman is accused of killing her husband, but is she actually guilty? Inspired by a true historical case, this…novel will delight and engross readers. Liverpool, England, 1889: In the shadowy streets, the air is thick with secrets and the line between guilt and innocence blurs. Twenty-six-year-old Constance Sullivan is brought to trial charged with poisoning her husband, William. But William was no ordinary victim… As Constance's barrister fights to prove her innocence, a sinister web of deception unravels, exposing the dark underbelly of their seemingly idyllic marriage. One by one, witnesses emerge with incriminating testimony and facts about the dark side of Constance and William&’s marriage are revealed. For many, the widow&’s guilt seems clear. But is someone holding the key to the whole truth? Inspired by a true case, The Arsenic Eater&’s Wife will hold the reader spellbound until the final, heart-stopping revelation.Praise for Tonya Mitchell&’s A Feigned Madness &“A compelling read for anyone with an interest in Victorian history.&” —Pam Lecky, author of the Lucy Lawrence mysteries &“Vivid, enthralling . . . a knockout.&” —Kim Taylor Blakemore, author of After Alice Fell
Short stories involving lawyers and the legal system by eleven established authors. In "The Divorce" by Grif Stockley, a widowed…lawyer is set up by a comely woman, who is seeking a divorce. In "Poetic Justice," a conniving but lazy lawyer meets his match in a powerful politician who just happens to be his size
By Remigiusz Mroz. 2024
A charismatic defense lawyer faces a horrific case where nothing is as it seems in this international bestselling thriller perfect…for fans of Steve Cavanaugh and John Grisham. Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video and PBS as The Defence.When whip-smart criminal defense lawyer Joanna Chylka is tasked with defending the son of her law firm&’s biggest client, she is stumped for the first time in her career. Her client, Piotr Langer Jr, does not admit guilt, but neither does he claim innocence. Assisted by the firm&’s newest trainee, Kordian Orynski, Joanna finds herself in a maze of tangled evidence. Piotr is alleged to have sat in his apartment for ten days with two corpses before calmly opening the door to the police as if nothing had happened. But the truth is far more complex and shocking than they could have imagined.Joanna and Kordian face a treacherous situation. And with the spotlight on them, a killer may have them both on his hit list.
By Suzie Miller. 2024
“Enthralling and sharp-witted...Highly recommended.”—Karin Slaughter, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author“Bold, fearless...Prima Facie is a deeply rewarding, absolute…must read.” —Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the EndThis is not life, this is law…Tessa Ensler loves her job. She’s worked her way up to being a top criminal defense barrister against all the odds, and fights to defend those pleading not guilty. Tessa believes in the law, believes in the system. Her quick-witted cross-examinations and intelligence in the courtroom see her clocking up win after win - including securing freedom for men accused of rape and sexual assault. Innocence until proven guilty is, after all, the bedrock of a civilized society.But when Tessa is raped by a coworker, she struggles to find the strength to bring him to justice in the face of the barriers and opposition within that same system. Determined to have her day in court, Tessa is forced to confront the stark reality that the law was not written for victims, and that she is the one on trial. She fights on, even as her evidence is manipulated to make her look like a liar, even while she is retraumatized in the stand.Based on the Olivier and Tony Award-winning play, Suzie Miller’s Prima Facie is an unforgettable story of what happens when a victim is asked to navigate a system that is not set up to accommodate the lived experience of sexual assault survivors.
By William Landay. 2023
A mother vanished. A father presumed guilty. There is no proof. There are no witnesses. For the children, there is…only doubt. From the bestselling author of Defending Jacob. . . . &“Gripping . . . a masterly piece of writing.&”—The New York Times &“A wonderful, well-written novel that crackles with suspense.&”—Stephen KingA BOOKREPORTER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAROne afternoon in November 1975, ten-year-old Miranda Larkin comes home from school to find her house eerily quiet. Her mother is missing. Nothing else is out of place. There is no sign of struggle. Her mom&’s pocketbook remains in the front hall, in its usual spot. So begins a mystery that will span a lifetime. What happened to Jane Larkin? Investigators suspect Jane&’s husband. A criminal defense attorney, Dan Larkin would surely be an expert in outfoxing the police. But no evidence is found linking him to a crime, and the case fades from the public&’s memory, a simmering, unresolved riddle. Jane&’s three children—Alex, Jeff, and Miranda—are left to be raised by the man who may have murdered their mother. Two decades later, the remains of Jane Larkin are found. The investigation is awakened. The children, now grown, are forced to choose sides. With their father or against him? Guilty or innocent? And what happens if they are wrong? A tale about family—family secrets and vengeance, but also family love—All That Is Mine I Carry With Me masterfully grapples with a primal question: When does loyalty reach its limit?
By Jeneva Rose. 2021
One million sold: &“A tantalizing premise . . . twists at every turn . . . [A] masterful debut about betrayal and justice&” by a New York…Times-bestselling author (Samantha M. Bailey, #1 national bestselling author of Watch Out for Her).Optioned by Picture Perfect Federation for development as a film or TV series Sarah Morgan is a successful and powerful defense attorney in Washington D.C. As a named partner at her firm, life is going exactly how she planned. The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He&’s a struggling writer who has had little success in his career and he tires of his and Sarah&’s relationship as she is constantly working. Out in the secluded woods, at the couple&’s lake house, Adam engages in a passionate affair with Kelly Summers. But one morning everything changes. Kelly is found brutally stabbed to death and now, Sarah must take on her hardest case yet, defending her own husband, a man accused of murdering his mistress. The Perfect Marriage is a juicy, twisty, and utterly addictive thriller that will keep you turning pages. You won&’t see the ending coming . . . guaranteed!&“Everything I want in a thriller. Sexy, shocking, and tense with an ending I never saw coming. Jeneva Rose is the queen of twists.&” —Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times–bestselling author on You Shouldn&’t Have Come Here &“A twisty, compulsive book that will keep you reading all night! Fast-paced with crisp writing and an intriguing plot. Jeneva Rose is one to watch.&” —Samantha Downing, #1 international bestselling author of My Lovely Wife &“A book to be read in one gulp—this dastardly debut flies to a shocking reveal. I couldn&’t put it down; I had to see what happened. Twists galore.&” —J.T. Ellison, New York Times–bestselling author of Her Dark Lies
By Reed Arvin. 2004
“Arvin’s writing is delightfully sardonic . . . you’ll be hooked.” — People“. . . breathlessly entertaining . . .…as irresistible as a call from the grave for revenge.” — Kirkus Reviews“Arvin...combin[es] an array of supporting characters who colorfully illustrate the racial and economic divide of the new Atlanta...” — Entertainment Weekly“As the suspense comes to a boil, so do the hero’s feelings for his dead buddy’s troubled girlfriend.” — Us Weekly ("Hot Book Pick")“. . . smoldering . . . vigorous and jet-propelled . . . an exceptionally clever mystery.” — New York Times“A mesmerizing thriller ...readers who value intelligence, fine writing and action will find it all in this outstanding novel.” — Publishers Weekly“Love, sex, money, power, and violence in an irresistibly melancholy noir package.” — Booklist“On par with the early works of Grisham, this thriller is enlivened with sparkling dialogue and deft descriptions of place.” — Booklist on The Will“Compelling...[the] characters are …fully fleshed out and believable...The Will could be the beginning of an impressive career.” — Denver Post on The Will
By Reed Arvin. 2005
“...another winner that thriller, mystery and general fiction readers alike will relish.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Arvin weaves together disparate…elements into a coherent and often thought-provoking tale.” — Pittsburgh Tribune“Intriguing...clever. A-” — Entertainment Weekly“A suspenseful story line that takes hold of the reader from the very beginning to the book’s close.” — New York Law Journal“(BLOOD OF ANGELS is) the kind of book that makes ‘unputdownable’ and ‘page-turner’more than just cliches.” — Chicago Tribune Books“Fast-paced action, unexpected twists…keeps the pages turning until the end.” — Denver Post“Tense, evocative prose...fiendishly clever and eloquently penned. — Providence Journal“Arvin weaves his plot and his chacters together with remarkable empathy...A legal thriller with soul.” — Wichita Eagle“An old-fashioned thriller with modern-technology smarts.” — Chicago Tribune Books“...the first summer-movie blockbuster of the year.” — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)“Absorbing...briskly paced (with) realistic characters whose fervent beliefs shape their actions.” — The Record (Bergen County, NJ)“Arvin piles on the action in this nail-biting Tennessee tale of misplaced revenge.” — New Orleans Times-Picayune“The pace is fast and...Arvin saves a satisfying surprise for the finale.” — Boston Globe“Briskly-paced...a fresh approach to the thriller.” — Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel“This nail-biter is Arvin’s third thriller...and each has been better than the last.” — Booklist (starred review)“Arvin keeps the action swift and the tension high.” — Calgary Sun
By Robin Peguero. 2022
The "exciting" and "clever" debut thriller (New York Times Book Review): No one knows what happened that night. Seven strangers must decide. Earl…Thomas, a straight-laced taxman with his fair share of police encounters, is the begrudging foreperson in a high-stakes trial in Miami. Laura Hurtado-Perez is a physician whose unassuming manner conceals a private pain. Joseph Cole is the founder of his local neighborhood watch, unduly obsessed with the families around him. Along with four others, these jurors of varying ages and walks of life whose paths would likely never have otherwise crossed must come together to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. On the night Melina Mora, a free-spirited woman both proud and kind, was murdered, she was seen with a young man of Gabriel Soto&’s description. Two strands of her hair were found in his bedroom. Sandy Grunwald, a young prosecutor whose political ambitions depend on securing a conviction, finds herself pitted against Jordan Whipple, a preening public defender armed with a freshly discovered, dynamite piece of evidence on the eve of the trial—if the Honorable Darla Tackett will admit it. What Sandy, Jordan, and Judge Tackett all know, however, is that the criminal justice system is complicated, and everyone has a story—especially the jury. And it&’s their experiences, biases, and beliefs that will ultimately shape the verdict. With striking originality and expert storytelling, Robin Peguero&’s debut novel explores the prejudice that hangs over every trial in America. You&’ve never read a legal thriller quite like this. There&’s never been a thriller writer quite like Peguero. And you will not be able to predict how it all ends.
By James Grippando. 2024
A contentious intellectual piracy case leads to an unsolved murder, and Jack Swyteck's client—a pop music icon—is the accused killer.…Piracy costs the movie and music industry billions. No one has been able to stop it. But that won't stop Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck. His latest client, Imani Nichols, is a Grammy-winning popstar whose career has skyrocketed. Despite her success, she's the most underpaid superstar on the planet because of an onerous record contract she signed as a teenager with her now ex-husband Shaky Nichols, who has made himself rich off her royalties. Preferring to see thieves profit from her music than let her ex-husband pocket one more dime, Imani takes to social media and tells her millions of fans to "go pirate" and download her music illegally. Her hardball tactic leads to scorched-earth litigation, and now she needs Jack's help. The case takes a deadly turn when salacious allegations of infidelity send Imani and Shaky down a path of mutual assured destruction, each implicating the other in the unsolved murder of Imani's extra-marital lover twelve years ago. Tyler McCormick died of asphyxiation, and his body was found in Biscayne Bay, chained to a piling with the words "goodbye girl" impressed on his chest. Despite their fierce denials, Imani and Shakey are both indicted for murder, leading to a sensational trial that exposes shocking secrets about their failed marriage, their cut-throat business partnership, and Imani's astonishing success. Yet as Jack discovers, uncovering the truth about the killing and the cryptic "goodbye girl" won't just exonerate or convict his client, her ex, and their music empire. It may shape the future of the entire recording industry
By John Grisham. 1997
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Once he was a well-liked, well-paid young partner in a thriving Mississippi law firm. Then…Patrick Lanigan stole ninety million dollars from his own firm—and ran for his life. For four years, he evaded men who were rich and powerful, and who would stop at nothing to find him. Then, inevitably, on the edge of the Brazilian jungle, they finally tracked him down.Now Patrick is coming home. And in the Mississippi city where it all began, an extraordinary trial is about to begin. As prosecutors circle like sharks, as Patrick&’s lawyer prepares his defense, as Patrick&’s lover prays for his deliverance and his former partners wait for their revenge, another story is about to emerge. Because Patrick Lanigan, the most reviled white-collar criminal of his time, knows something that no one else in the world knows. He knows the truth.Don&’t miss John Grisham&’s new book, THE EXCHANGE: AFTER THE FIRM!
By Steve Cavanagh. 2021
'The Devil's Advocate makes your palms sweat and your blood run cold; the terrific trial scenes out-Grisham John Grisham.' The…Times'This guy is the real deal. Trust me.' LEE CHILD'Top notch thrills and courtroom drama' SHARI LAPENA'A terrific writer. He has talent to burn.' DON WINSLOWHE'S WON EVERY TRIAL. BECAUSE HE'S BEHIND EVERY MURDER.Ambitious District Attorney Randal Korn lives to watch prisoners executed.Even if they are not guilty. An innocent man, Andy Dubois, faces the death penalty for the murder of young girl. Korn has already fixed things to make sure he wins a fast conviction. The one thing Korn didn't count on was Eddie Flynn. Slick, street smart and cunning, the former con artist turned New York lawyer has only seven days to save an innocent man against a corrupt system and find the real killer. In a week the Judge will read the verdict, but will Eddie be alive to hear it?'Addictive, unpredictable and timely' WILL DEAN'Gripping, twisty and smart' JANE FALLON'THE beach read of the summer of 2021' ADRIAN MCKINTY'Like a binge-worthy boxset in book form' PHILIPPA PERRY'This is Steve Cavanagh's best yet' JO SPAIN