Legal Thrillers

May 2, 2022

Grisham, John. A TIME FOR MERCY: A Jake Brigance Novel. Dell Books. July '21. $8.99. "Jake Brigance is back! Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake's fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line. In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham's storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and - most of all - heart. Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A TIME FOR MERCY is John Grisham's most powerful courtroom drama yet."

Hallett, Janice. THE APPEAL: A Novel. Atria Books. January '22. $27.00. When an entire community tries to help a very ill child things escalate into a murder and every citizen is a suspect. It all begins during the rehearsals of a local theatre group, The Fairway Players, when the director's grandchild is diagnosed with cancer. The experimental treatment is very expensive and everybody gets involved in raising money. But one of the actresses who used to work for NGO, isn't so sure about the possible cure and raises doubts. Things go from bad to worse on the night of a dress rehearsal when a body is found the following day. An arrest is made, but is the person that was arrested really the killer? Two young lawyers take on the case and try to solve the murder using emails, messages, and letters to prove the guilty party is still at large.

Millman, Jode. HOOKER AVENUE. Level Best Books. April '22. $16.99. Book 1 of 1: A Queen City Crimes Novel. As a lawyer and a native of the Hudson Valley, Millman knows both the area and the law. Jessie Martin, a mother and an attorney learns that being a Good Samaritan can get you into a lot of trouble. When she finds an unconscious woman in a ditch along the road, she calls 911 to report the incident. At the time she had no idea that her actions would involve an old friend, Detective Ebony Jones. The woman, who it turns out was beaten within an inch of her life, had escaped from a killer. Making matters even more confusing, the victim is a client of Jessie's new boss, Jeremy Kaplan. Jessie learns that Ebony was investigating some cold cases and one of them could involve the victim, a hooker who just might help solve several old crimes. But, fearing for the woman, Jessie refuses to tell Ebony where she is. Caught between wanting to help the victim and helping Ebony, Jessie is not willing to "compromise her client, her boss, or her legal ethics." At the same time, Jessie wants to help Ebony to solve the crimes and put the killer behind bars.

Papantonio, Mike & Russell, Alan. INHUMAN TRAFFICKING: A Legal Thriller. Skyhorse. October '21. $26.99. Papantonio takes on a real world problem and makes it hard to ignore! The book is true to life and a good read. Nick 'Deke' Deketomis is one of the good guys. He's the managing partner of a large plaintiffs' law firm and has taken on some of the biggest corporations in the world. "His firm specializes in the tough, even quixotic, cases that few lawyers would dare to take on. Like human trafficking." His current case is against Welcome Mat Hospitality, a motel chain specializing in truck stops across the U.S. The owners of the chain have ignored the fact that the motels are being used for human trafficking - slave labor and sex workers. Things become very personal for Nick when he learns his fifteen-year-old goddaughter has been disappeared by a trafficker. Now he must not only win the case in the court, but also save the girl.

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