Legal Thrillers

Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker

By Azam Gill

Walter Walker, a high-powered attorney writing outstanding legal thrillers, is back after a self-imposed, sorely missed absence of almost twenty years with the publication of CRIME OF PRIVILEGE, rated “a stunning thriller” by GoodReads. His “god-given talent,” recognised by James Lee Burke, is focused on a concern for social justice embodied in American values inculcated by family, church and school.

CRIME OF PRIVILEGE “ is not only a first-class legal thriller, it is  an astute examination of our society and how we are corrupted by  power and money” –Nelson DeMille.

The nephews of a famous politician rape a woman in Palm Beach. Young George Becket is a silent witness.  His reward comes in the form of admission to law school and then a low level prosecutor’s job with the Cape Cod District Attorney.

Years later, the father of a murdered girl approaches a lonely, unfulfilled George Becket. Nobody seems to want to investigate her brutal death. Increasingly certain that the same  person who committed the rape is responsible for the murder, George  sets off on an investigation that takes him to Idaho, Hawaii, Costa  Rica, and France, and that is as much about restoring his own self-worth as it is about finding the killer. As William Landay writes, “a twisting, engrossing, irresistible  detective story.”
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Green-Eyed Lady by Chuck Greaves

By Josie Brown

When a political candidate with a wandering eye wakes up naked in a stranger’s home, where a priceless painting has been stolen, the first person he calls isn’t his campaign manager, his press officer, or even his lawyer:

It’s Jack MacTaggart.

GREEN-EYED LADY, the second novel in Chuck Greaves’ mystery series, has all the elements readers loved in the first book, HUSH MONEY: slick sleuthing, snappy dialogue, a cavalcade of characters who leave you laughing, keep you guessing, and keep you up all night.

Here’s what Chuck has to say about writing relatable heroes, and stories that keep you on the edge of your seat…

Wow, GREEN-EYED LADY sounds like my kind of book! I love mixing mystery with politics–and humor. So, how did the plot come to you?

During my 25 years as an L.A. trial attorney, I had occasion to handle a few cases with political implications, plus I served for many years as campaign treasurer for a friend who’s an L.A.-area city councilman.  But the genesis of GREEN-EYED LADY was actually a short story I wrote on spec, about an art heist.  As I sat down to plot the next installment in my Jack MacTaggart series, I realized that the short story would be a perfect jumping-off point for a work of book-length fiction.  So the man in the story – the sting victim – became a U.S. Senate candidate, and I was off to the races.
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Blood Money by James Grippando 

By Mario Acevedo

James Grippando treats his fans to a new Jack Swyteck legal thriller, BLOOD MONEY. After a sensational trial with Swyteck as her attorney, a single-mom party girl is acquitted of murder charges over the death of her child daughter. Swyteck is caught in a media firestorm that accuses him of setting up million-dollar book and movie deals–blood money–for his notorious client. On the night of her release from jail, an angry rob attacks another woman who bears a striking resemblance to the infamous mom…who then disappears. As Swyteck deals with the aftermath of the trial and both the mysterious circumstances behind the stranger’s assault and his former client’s whereabouts, he untangles clues that led to the truth of the little girl’s death and puts him in the crosshairs of her killer.
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Dead Peasants by Larry D. Thompson

Previews of DEAD PEASANTS have been unanimous in their praise:

Set in Fort Worth and skipping murderously across Texas, Houston attorney Larry Thompson has whipped out another legal thriller that will propel readers on a riveting ride.  It adds up to another masterpiece with more twists than a cauldron of Lone Star rattlesnakes.

It’s a five-star thriller that will keep you on edge until the shocking conclusion.

It’s a must read for lovers of legal thrillers.

Thompson draws on his vast knowledge of the law and the courtroom to create colorful characters and spin a tale with twists at every turn of the page.
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Last Lawyer Standing by Douglas Corleone

By Anthony J. Franze

Douglas Corleone’s LAST LAWYER STANDING is a gritty, edge-of-your-seat crime novel set in a Hawaii that is unrecognizable to probably everyone but the criminal underworld of Oahu.

In this third Kevin Corvelli mystery, the hotshot defense lawyer takes on a pair of high-profile cases. In the first, Corvelli represents the governor of Hawaii who’s had the misfortune of having his mistress turn up dead in an election year. In the second, Corvelli defends a career criminal, a man who once saved Corvelli’s life, who’s now on trial for murder.

The novel races along as the two cases ultimately intersect. Along the way, Corvelli is up against police corruption, Justice Department politics, an international assassin, and a shadowy figure who local criminals describe as “Keyser Söze’s evil twin.” Will Corvelli risk everything—including his life—to protect his clients? Will he be the last lawyer standing? You’ll have to buy the book to find out.
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Tattooed by Pamela Callow

When a body is found on the outskirts of Halifax, rumors run wild about the victim’s identity. But tattoo artist Kenzie Sloane knows exactly who she is. They share a tattoo… and a decade-old secret.

Lawyer Kate Lange remembers Kenzie Sloane. The former wild child was part of the same crowd that attracted her little sister, Imogen, before her death. Now Kenzie needs her help. And Kate needs answers.

But there are others who know about the tattoo and its history. And one of them is watching Kenzie’s every move, waiting for the perfect moment to fulfill a dark promise that had been inked in her skin.
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The Conviction by Robert Dugoni

Lawyer David Sloane is desperate to get through to his troubled teenaged son Jake and to keep him out of jail. So when his old friend, detective Tom Molia, suggests taking their sons on a guys-only camping trip, Sloane gratefully accepts. But the perfect excursion turns into a horrifying nightmare when the boys are arrested for vandalizing a general store, quickly convicted, and sentenced to the county-owned wilderness detention camp, Fresh Start.
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Hush Money by Chuck Greaves

By Anthony J. Franze

Chuck Greaves’s award-winning novel, HUSH MONEY, is no ordinary mystery.  To be sure, it’s got all the usual markings of a bestseller:  fast-paced, suspenseful, authentic, beautifully written.  But what makes the novel so special is that it also manages to be both touching and hilariously funny.

The story begins when Jack MacTaggart, a new lawyer at an elite white-shoe Pasadena law firm, is assigned to represent a socialite whose champion show horse, Hush Puppy, dies under suspicious circumstances.  What starts out as a routine litigation over an insurance claim, turns anything but as MacTaggart uncovers a blackmail scheme that implicates not only his client, but also the upper echelon of his law firm.
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Question of Trust by Laura Caldwell

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. But what if you can’t tell which is which?

When attorney Izzy McNeil’s home is broken into, right after her boyfriend, Theo, moves in, she ignores the coincidence. When Theo is arrested on charges of fraud, she wants to believe he’s innocent. But when a neighbor is found dead, she can’t ignore that something is very, very wrong.

Izzy also can’t forget how Theo was inexplicably turned down for a mortgage. Or his recent moody silences. Or how a stranger warned her that Theo needs to “accept responsibility…”

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The Last Justice by Anthony J. Franze

By Derek Gunn

CHAOS ERUPTS at the U.S. Supreme Court when an assassin guns down six justices as they are hearing a case.

…and this is in the very first chapter.  I read this one in two sittings, in fact my son was lucky to get collected at all. I don’t normally read court room thrillers, although this can’t really be described as taking place in the court room. It takes place in and around the complex working of the US legal system. The killing of six Justices has left a huge hole in the legal system and the investigation is ongoing through a combined task force of FBI, Homeland Security etc., but little head way is being made.
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Black Diamond by John F. Dobbyn

By George Ebey

John F. Dobbyn is the author a series of legal thrillers featuring attorneys Lex Devlin and Michael Knight. His first book, NEON DRAGON, had Lex and Michael going up against the Chinese Tong. The second book, FRAME UP, put them in a clash between the Italian and Russian mafias. Now Lex and Michael are back in their latest thriller, BLACK DIAMOND

This time around, the intrepid duo agrees to defend a jockey accused of murdering a fellow jockey during a race at Boston’s Suffolk Downs. A personal attachment to the murdered jockey thrusts Michael and Lex into the midst of a conflict between Boston’s Irish mafia and criminal remnants of the terrorist branch of the Irish Republican Army. As Michael and Lex uncover layer after layer of deception involved in the underside of horse racing, they become a liability to both gangs. In action that shuttles between Ireland and Boston, the lives of both lawyers and those close to them are in the crosshairs of the gangs on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Lawyer Trap by R.J. Jagger

By Gary Kriss

If silence is indeed golden, attorney R. J. Jagger may be one of the world’s richest men. And while lawyers tend to be circumspect, Jagger, who practices in Colorado, makes Miho seem like SinCity’s most garrulous gasbag.

Which is just as well, since sawing off a woman’s head is probably cause for disbarment in the Centennial State.

And beheading’s just a starter.

The full litany of grisly crimes can be found in LAWYER TRAP, Jagger’s latest novel, which is being released on November 16 by Pegasus. Jagger might be close-mouthed about his personal life, but he’s perfectly willing to let everything all hang out in his books.
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Pay Me in Flesh by K. Bennett

In L.A. practicing law can be hell. Especially if you’re dead.

In an increasingly hellacious L.A., zombie criminal lawyer Mallory Caine defends a vampire hooker accused of the crime Mallory herself committed, even as a zombie-killer closes in and the love of her former life comes back as the Deputy DA she must oppose. And as Lucifer himself begins setting up L.A. as his headquarters for a new attack on heaven and earth, Mallory slowly discovers she may be the one who has to stop him.
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Lassiter by Paul Levine

By Paul Levine

“When is Jake Lassiter coming back?”

I get the question at bookstores and Bouchercon, at Thrillerfest and Sleuthfest, at Left Coast Crime…and even my dentist’s office.

“Where the heck is Jake?” I’m asked.

I wrote seven Lassiter novels between 1990 and 1997.  Since then, I’ve written three stand-alone thrillers, the four-book “Solomon vs. Lord” series, and a bunch of episodes for two CBS-TV dramas, “JAG,” and “First Monday.”  I still get some e-mail about a sermon I wrote for a Navy chaplain in the “JAG” Christmas episode nine years ago, but what most people want to talk about is that linebacker-turned-lawyer, a tough guy with a tender heart.
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Claim of Innocence by Laura Caldwell

By Andy Straka

Bestselling author Laura Caldwell’s books have been published in over 22 countries and translated into more than 13 different languages.

In her latest thriller, Claim of Innocence, Valerie Solara has been charged with poisoning her best friend. The prosecution claims she’s always been secretly attracted to Amanda’s husband…and with Amanda gone, she planned to make her move.
 Attorney Izzy McNeil left the legal world a year ago, but a friend’s request pulls her into the murder trial. Izzy knows how passion can turn your life upside down. She thought she had it once with her ex-fiance, Sam. Now she wonders if that’s all she has in common with her criminally gorgeous younger boyfriend, Theo.
It’s Izzy’s job to present the facts that will exonerate her client-whether or not she’s innocent. But when she suspects Valerie is hiding something, she begins investigating-and uncovers a web of secret passions and dark motives.

Claim of Innocence, has just been released by Mira.  Caldwell took a moment to tell us a little more about the book.
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Identity: Lost by Pascal Marco

By Sandra Parshall

Pascal Marco grew up on Chicago’s gritty East Side, where the smokestacks of steel mills belched particulates and education often ended with high school. Marco, however,  went on to attend the University of Illinois Chicago, and he set aside a childhood interest in writing while he pursued a career in business. After he moved to Arizona with his wife and children, the desire to write began to stir again. Using both his childhood home and his adopted state as settings, he wrote his debut thriller, Identity: Lost, the tale of a boy who witnesses the brutal gang murder of a former Chicago Black Sox player.  The boy comes forward to testify, only to see the prosecution bungle the case. When the five killers go free, the boy enters the Witness Protection Program to save his own life. After growing up with a false identity in Arizona, the witness emerges from hiding to confront the killers—and to reveal a secret he’s hidden for thirty years.
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A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner

by Dana Granger

Adam Mitzner may be brand new to the “legal thriller” scene, but he’s already getting rave reviews for his debut novel, “A Conflict Of Interest”.  Publishers Weekly said “This gifted writer should have a long and successful career ahead of him,” and Perri O’Shaughnessy described “A Conflict Of Interest” as “Psychological And Legal Suspense At Its Finest.”
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The Trial by Larry D. Thompson

The cover tells the story of what to expect.  It’s a jury box with wooden chairs from an old courthouse.  Then the R in the title has a slash through the bottom leg of the letter.  So, any thriller reader knows the story is a legal thriller about a prescription drug.
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Night on Fire by Douglas Corleone

by Milton Toby

Lawyers write.

Pleadings, briefs, memos, and correspondence all are essential parts of the job and it a rare day when an attorney does not spend some time at a keyboard.  Many lawyers think that their writing skills are exceptional and that their cases are riveting books just waiting to be written, even though neither may be true.  A difficulty is that the skills necessary for effective legal writing do not necessarily carry over to writing fiction.
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Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein

by Jeannie Holmes

For over two decades, Linda Fairstein was the Chief of Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan and is America’s foremost legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. She’s a New York Times Bestseller and author of thirteen novels, including her latest thriller, Silent Mercy, which exposes the dark side of New York City’s diverse religious history.

Alexandra Cooper and Mike Chapman are on the hunt for a brutal killer scattering women’s mutilated bodies on the steps of religious institutions throughout Manhattan. Together they track a skillful and malicious murderer through the churches, cathedrals, and synagogues that were at one time centers of great power in New York City.
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Indefensible by Pamela Callow

By Keith Raffel

Canadian thriller writer Pamela Callow and I have been pals since the 2009 Thrillerfest.  Recently, I caught up with her to get the inside scoop on her latest novel, Indefensible.

KR: Pam, RT Book Reviews gives Indefensible its highest rating and says, “The suspense is intense, the action shocking and the plot intriguing.”  Give us a sneak preview, please.

PC: In Indefensible, a case of domestic homicide explodes when the accused killer is none other than the managing partner of one of the premier law firms in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Held in prison for the murder of his ex-wife, Randall Barrett is shunned by his partners and friends. His defense lies in the hands of the one person who understands only too well the taint of criminal scandal: Kate Lange. As Kate races to stay a step ahead of the prosecution, a silent predator is waiting for the perfect time to deal the final blow.
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Damage by John Lescroart

By Dan Levy

Any good story will delve into life’s “big questions.” This story actually delves into two. The first of which renowned New York Times Bestselling author John Lescroart answered in a Web video about his 22nd novel, DAMAGE, due out January 4, 2011.

“(My last name) is pronounced less-kwah. Like the opposite of more kwah,” quipped Lescroart, who during the interview for this story, joked that if he had to do it all over again he would have used a nom de plume.
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The Trials of Zion by Alan M. Dershowitz

By Nate Kenyon

Recently I sat down with Alan Dershowitz to talk about his new novel, The Trials of Zion.

First of all, tell us what inspired you to write it.

I desperately want to see peace in the Middle East.  I can’t achieve it in reality (despite having been asked to serve as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations—an offer I had to refuse because I am a patriotic American).  So I decided to bring about peace at the beginning of my novel.
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Law of Attraction by Allison Leotta

By Karen Harper

law-of-attraction.jpgdebut-author.jpgRecently I sat down with Allison Leotta to discuss her debut legal thriller, Law of Attraction.

Please tell us a bit about your novel.

I’m a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., specializing in sex crimes and domestic violence.  “Law of Attraction” is about  – surprise! – a federal prosecutor in D.C. specializing in sex crimes and domestic violence.  The book is part courtroom drama, part love story, and part murder mystery.
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No Place To Die by James L. Thane

By Virna DePaul

no-place-to-die.jpgdebut-author.jpgThe action in James Thane’s debut thriller novel, No Place To Die, begins immediately when Phoenix attorney Beverly Thompson is snatched from her garage and her husband is brutally murdered.  When four others quickly fall victim to the same killer, homicide detective Sean Richardson is assigned the case.
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Pretty Little Things by Jilliane Hoffman

pretty-little-things.jpgBy Karen Harper

Recently I sat down with Jilliane Hoffman to talk about her new nove, Pretty Little Things. Please tell us a little about your new legal thriller.

Thirteen-year-old Lainey Emerson is the middle child in a home police are already familiar with: her mom works too much and her stepfather favors his own blood over another man’s problems–namely Lainey and her wild older sister.
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