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Editor Picks: Favorite Legal Thrillers

LegalThrillers._V312765471_[1]There is something uniquely satisfying about stories of daunting foes being taken down by the little guy.  From David and Goliath to Erin Brockovich, these tales are everywhere across every kind of media and format. 

Our editors agree that these kinds of stories can be especially gripping when tied back to our own sense of freedom and justice.  The law being manipulated to thwart the proper balance of fairness, robbing the innocent of their freedom, allowing the real criminals to go free, or causing financial ruin -all in with the courts approval- strikes close to home in a way that is more daunting then other threats.  After all, what happens when the law, our very benchmark for right and wrong, is incorrect? 

Our editors compiled a list of their favorite legal thrillers, where justice is sought despite insurmountable odds.

 

  1. Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow: Released in 1987, this book is considered by some to be the first true Legal Thriller.  It tells the story of Rusty Sabich, a married prosecuting attorney whose affair with a colleague comes back to haunt him after she is brutally raped and murdered. Sabich's professional and personal lives begin to mingle painfully when he becomes the accused.
  2. The Professor, by Robert Bailey: A devastating trucking accident in Henshaw, Alabama, leaves a young family dead. Rick Drake, a fledgling lawyer just out of law school, takes the case against the freight carrier and soon begins to uncover the truth behind the tragedy that is buried in a tangled web of arson, bribery, and greed.
  3. The Rainmaker, by John Grisham: Just out of law school and already in over his head, Rudy Baylor takes on an insurance claim for a family whose son’s treatable disease goes ignored.  Up against a heavyweight corporate defense team, the case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill and outright violence--a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life.
  4. Bum Rap, by Paul Levine: Successfully combining series heroes Jake Lassiter (State vs. Lassiter) and Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord (Solomon vs. Lord) in a single case that showcases the three attorneys’ very different styles and strengths. When Solomon is found with a body, and the weapon used to kill him, Lord and Lassiter must work together to find the true culprit.
  5. Con Law, by Mark Gimenez: John Bookman -professor, ladies’ man, and constitutional law expert- spends his summers seeking justice for underdogs and the wrongly accused all across the country.  This time he is called on to address the controversial issue of fracking and how the money, and power involved affects the people of small town Marfa, Texas.

 

 

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T. K. Roxborogh shares an exclusive audio excerpt from her newest book Banquo's Son.

 

T.R. Regan's Thank You

TR Ragan’s best-selling, and our editor’s favorite, Lizzy Gardner Series is coming to an end with Evil Never Dies, available now.  Over the course of the five books readers have seen Lizzy go from being held captive by a serial killer, to hard hitting Private Investigator, to justice-wielding Vigilante.  Now that the series is coming to a close TR has a special message for her many fans.

  

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Exclusive Excerpt: "Pretty Baby" by Mary Kubica

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Humor in Crime

Authors S.G. Redling, Karen MacInerney, and Johnny Shaw discuss what it means to be funny in crime fiction.

  

 

Exclusive Audio Excerpt: "The Price of Justice" by Marti Green

Best-selling author Marti Green shares an exclusive audio excerpt from The Price of Justice the newest book in her Innocent Prisoners Project series.

 

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Good Guys Gone Bad

Authors Reed Farrel Coleman, William Lashner, and Harry Hunsicker discuss their favorite dynamic characters and why good guys that go bad are so appealing.

  

SG Redling Reviews "Weavers" by Aric Davis

51ow+LvfNqL[1]SG Redling, bestselling author of Flowertown and The Widow File, reviews the new thriller Weavers by Aric Davis.

It’s not what you think.

Aric Davis doesn’t tell the same old story the same old way. He’s not afraid to get dark or weird and he proves it again with Weavers. The title comes from the term used to describe the ability to sense and manipulate human emotion that manifests itself as colored threads. Only a handful of people in the world have the ability to weave and, unsurprisingly, not all of them use that skill for good. We meet a young girl just coming into her powers and the old woman mentoring her; a twisted drunk using his gift to fund a crime spree for him and his psychotic best friend; and the government agents who will use any tools available to capture, study, and harness the powers of these telepaths.

But Davis doesn’t let the story turn into any old ‘Men in Black’ trope. He loads the characters with shades of gray, and keeps the story hopping in unexpected directions. Best of all, he bases the psychic phenomenon in reality – no magic aliens here -  to the point where you might find yourself wondering if you’re really in control of your own thoughts at all times.

The ending suggests this might be the start of a series. I’m excited to see where it goes.

- SG Redling

 

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Can British author's Simon Wood, Mel Sherratt  and Alan McDermott get you hooked on their books in 15 seconds or less? 

 

 

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