John Grisham is a pro at penning legal thrillers.
He’s mastered everything from hate-crime murders to freak scuba diving accidents. And even if you never thought courtroom dramas would be your thing, Grisham’s novels can still win you over: You get to skip the closed doors and boring paperwork and follow all the twists of a high-stakes case, with the added satisfaction of seeing justice served.
Oh, you’ve read them all? No worries, here are nine other legally thrilling titles to get you through to Grisham’s next release.
The Lincoln Lawyer, by Michael Connelly
Mickey Haller, a criminal defense attorney who works out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car, is accustomed to defending the scum of Los Angeles. When a high-paying case is presented to him, it seems too good to be true. But when someone close to him is murdered, Haller’s quest for the truth puts his own life on the line.
The Hanging Judge, by Michael Ponsor
When a hockey mom is killed in the crossfire of a gang related drive by shooting, a member of a rival gang is arrested and sentenced to life in prison. Based on a true story of the author, the Honorable David S. Norcoss, a federal judge, oversees the first death penalty case in Massachusetts in decades. Can this newbie judge handle the pressure of the community and media, the intimidation of gang members, and the seduction of a woman that threatens the trial?
The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
Fiona Maye, a leading High Court judge in the family court, is one of the best in her field. However, her personal life turns to shambles when her marriage of 30 years takes a turn for the worse. When a beautiful and terminally ill teenage boy refuses treatment that could save him for religious reasons, Fiona finds herself making decisions with dire consequences.
We all know that the judicial system can get down and dirty, but when a sociopath tries to shake off a murder charge by persuading the court that Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger “Butch” Karp is incapable of standing trial, this sociopath has got another think coming.
Primary Justice, by William Bernhardt
When young, hotshot lawyer Ben Kincaid lands a spot in one of the most prestigious law firms, he soon discovers that sometimes he can’t do the right thing and represent his client’s interests. Author William Bernhardt, being a lawyer himself, gives us a compelling picture of the coexistence of morality and corporate law.
The Tenth Commandment, by Lawrence Sanders
The mysterious disappearance of Professor Yale Stonehouse and shocking suicide of Sol Klipper leaves the police stumped. Enter the ironically short Joshua Bigg, who finds the common denominator and killer, a stone-cold clergyman. This insistent investigator, who stands at five-foot-three (and three-eighths, of course) provides laughs and entertainment, as well as sheer determination to prove that no one is above the law. That’s the spirit!
Once We Were Brothers, by Ronald H. Balson
Civic leader and wealthy philanthropist Elliot Rosenzweig is accused of secretly being an SS officer, the infamous Otto Piatek, a.k.a. the Butcher of Zamosc. Even though the charges are dropped, Solomon is determined to prove that Elliot is Otto Piatek. This forked narrative takes us down a rabbit hole to a tale of two of the closest friends who are separated by the Holocaust and do what they must to survive.
Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow
Rusty Sabich has quite the chip on his shoulder when he has to handle a homicide investigation of a fellow prosecuting attorney before his boss runs for reelection. What’s more, he has to keep his affair under wraps and dodge a private investigator who is hell bent on bringing his affair to light and accusing him of murder. Rusty has his work cut out for him.
Irreparable Harm, by Melissa F. Miller
When Attorney Sasha McCandless’ boss turns up dead in a fatal plane crash, questions are raised about how the accident happened in the first place. She soon finds out that a developer who created an application that can control a plane’s computer system from smartphone caused the crash, and is now selling it on the black market. Working with the air Marshalls, Sasha has to use her legal skills and Krav Maga fighting moves to stop a killer with an armed smartphone.