Legal Thrillers

April 6, 2021

Grisham, John. THEODORE BOONE: The Accomplice. Dutton Books for Young Readers. Puffin Books. May '20. $8.83. Age Range: 8-12 years; Grade Level: 3-7. Seventh in the series. "Theodore Boone is back on the case in an all-new adventure! Bestselling author John Grisham delivers a page-turning legal thriller for a new generation of readers. Theo has been worried about his good friend Woody Lambert. Woody is struggling at school and making bad choices. But when Woody is arrested - an unwitting accomplice to armed robbery - Theo knows he is innocent. Racing the clock while Woody sits in jail, Theo will do everything in his power to help his friend and save Woody from an unforgiving system where justice is not equal for all. Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and undisputed master of the modern legal thriller, Theodore Boone's trials and triumphs will keep readers hooked until the very last page."

Levine, Paul. CHEATER'S GAME. Herald Square Publishing. May '20. $15.95. Fourteenth in the Jake Lassiter series. "JAKE LASSITER TACKLES THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL... Rich parents will pay anything to get their kids into college... For a price, Kip Lassiter can get the perfect score on any test... And Kip's heartbroken Uncle Jake must defend an unwinnable case. Kip has been working with millionaire Max Ringle in a shady scheme to help rich, spoiled kids gain admission to elite universities. Ringle, the mastermind of the fraud, cops a plea and shifts the blame to Kip. Dr. Melissa Gold, Lassiter's fiancee, tries to keep the ailing lawyer strong enough for a grueling trial, even as his symptoms of brain damage grow worse. As a fiery showdown with Ringle brings the courtroom to a fever pitch, Lassiter risks everything - including his own life - to fight for his nephew's freedom."

Massey, Sujata. THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE. Soho Crime. May '20. $16.95. Second in the Mystery of 1920s India series. "India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Sahyadri mountains, where the princely state of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur's royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic accident. The state is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur's two maharanis, the dowager queen and her daughter-in-law. The royal ladies are in a dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer's counsel is required. However, the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, India's only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince's future, but she knows she is breaking a rule by traveling alone as a woman from Bombay into the remote countryside. She arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace's deadly curse?"

McAuliffe, Michael. NO TRUTH LEFT TO TELL. Greenleaf Books. May '20. $16.95. The Ku Klux Clan intends to start a new race war at the beginning of 1994, starting in Louisiana, where hate still runs deep. What they didn't take into account was Federal Civil Rights prosecutor Adrien Rush and local FBI special agent Lee Mercer. Joining the two men is NYC journalist Nicole DuBose who has returned to the town of Lynwood to take care of her grandmother. The three face a lot of violence and things become complicated when Rush and DuBose begin a relationship. To make matters worse, evidence is contaminated making the legal case even more difficult.

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