Legal Thrillers

April 8, 2018

Ainsworth, Price. A MINOR FALL. SelectBooks. June '17. $24.95. Written by a lawyer, the story goes beyond the courtroom to take a look at the life of a young attorney caught up in the aura of a flawed, but major player in his Houston law firm. Davy Jessie is doing well in firm until he becomes at odds with the firms top lawyer, Tim Sullivan. Will Davy be able to survive this encounter or will he loose everything in the process?

Grisham, John. THE WHISTLER. Dell Books. July '17. $9.32. "On the heels of the runaway success of ROGUE LAWYER, John Grisham delivers the high-octane suspense that readers have come to expect from the master of the legal thriller. With his latest novel, John Grisham takes his irresistible blend of legal savvy and page-turning storytelling to a whole new level. Filled with an unforgettable cast of characters and Grisham's trademark twists and turns, readers will be kept guessing until the very last page."

Leotta, Allison. THE LAST GOOD GIRL: A Novel. Touchstone Books. June '17. $15.00. Book 5 of 5 in the Anna Curtis Series. A college student at Michigan university, Emily Shapiro, left a bar near a fraternity house known for rape, and disappeared. The police suspect the son, Dylan Highsmith, of a powerful politian. Surveillance from a nearby camera shows Emily walking down the street, followed by Dylan. Prosecutor Anna Curtis finds a video diary made by Emily and learns that Emily had accused Dylan of rape before she vanished. Anna's investigation is stalled as she looks for clues as to whether Emily is still alive. "Inspired by real-life stories, THE LAST GOOD GIRL shines a light on campus rape and the powerful emotional dynamics that affect the families of the men and women on both sides." Available in trade paperback.

Levine, Paul. BUM LUCK. Thomas & Mercer. April '17. $15.95. "Thirty seconds after the jury announced its verdict, I decided to kill my client. Second-string linebacker turned trial lawyer Jake Lassiter squares off against his toughest, most unpredictable adversary yet: himself. The downward spiral begins when Jake's client, Miami Dolphins' running back Thunder Thurston, is cleared of murdering his wife. Jake didn't expect to win, didn't want to win, since he is sure his client is guilty. When Thurston walks free, Lassiter vows to seek his own kind of justice. Street justice. Vigilante justice. Law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord can't believe their friend has become so deeply, inexplicably obsessed with killing Thurston. Convinced Jake's unhinged behavior is due to concussive brain injuries suffered during his pro football career, they beg him to seek treatment. But as Lassiter's raging fixation on vengeance grows, Solomon and Lord wonder if they're too late to help. Is it game over for Jake's career...and his life? Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Brilliance Audio."

Massey, Sujata. THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL. Soho Crime. January '18. $26.95. First in a new series introducing a spunky new protagonist partly inspired by India's first female lawyer. Set in Bombay in the 1920's, Perveen Mistry joins the family law firm after receiving a law degree from Oxford. Due to some tragedies in her past, Perveen is extremely interested in protecting the legal rights of women. Her first case is to write the will of a very rich Muslim business owner with three widows, but things don't add up when she discovers all three of the woman have given up their claims to the estate and that everything is supposed to go to a charity. Becoming suspicious, Perveen starts an investigation. It soon becomes apparent that she is right when a murder ensues. Now she must not only figure out what is going on, she also must expose a murderer! Available in trade paperback. November '18. $16.95.

Papantonio, Mike. LAW AND VENGEANCE: A Legal Thriller. SelectBooks. September '17. $24.95. The second in the series follows trial lawyer Gina Romano as she tries to deal with the death of one of her law partners, and her ex-lover. Gina wants vengeance and, together with Nicholas Deketomis, runs afoul of a several parties including a weapons manufacturer and a lobbyist for gun rights. Can she extricate herself from the situation she puts herself in and come to grips with the fact that she is her own worst enemy?

Rucker, Ed. THE INEVITABLE WITNESS. Chickadee Prince Books. May '17. $14.99. Written by well-known defense attorney Ed Rucker, this legal thriller sticks to the facts and shows how the legal system really works. Protagonist Bobby Earl is the defense lawyer everybody wants - and needs - when their back is up against the wall. The situation becomes dangerous for Bobby when he's hired to defend a notorious safecracker charged with the murder of a LAPD officer. His investigation leads him into LA's underworld where he must fight the corrupting influence of politics and the media.

Tanenbaum, Robert K. INFAMY. Pocket Books. April '17. $9.95. Twenty-eighth in the Butch Karp-Marlene Ciampi Thriller Series. Prosecutor Butch Karp and his wife, Marlene Ciampi, work together on the case of the murder of a Army Colonel. The defense attorney insists that his client, an army veteran, was suffering from PTS. However, Ariadne Stupenagel, an investigative reporter, insists that the victim was a source on government corruption and that he was killed to keep him quiet. "In this fast-paced thriller, Karp goes up against corruption so powerful that he, his family, and his friends are in danger if he intends to prosecute those responsible for the murder of an FBI whistle-blower. Filled with edge-of-your-seat action, stunning plot twists...INFAMY will keep you guessing until the very end."

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