Has the Reader Reached a Verdict?

One of the great things about a new writer on the legal thriller landscape is that it gives us the opportunity to recirculate our very robust backlist. William Landay’s third book, Defending Jacob, is drawing rave reviews and generating cross-genre buzz. Most public libraries have thousands of dollars-worth of pulse-pounding, Perry Mason knock-offs on their shelves at any given minute. Take this opportunity to introduce Landay fans to other courtroom thrillers that take on moral dilemmas and deliver a heck of an ending.

  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
  • Shadow of a Doubt by William Coughlin
  • Primal Fear by William Diehl
  • The Client by John Grisham
  • The Quiet Game by Greg Iles
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  • Final Witness by Simon Tolkien
  • Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

3 Comments on "Has the Reader Reached a Verdict?"

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  1. wottens@gmail.com' William says:

    The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver will always be at the top of my list of legal thrillers!

  2. l-barnes@illinois.edu' Laura B. says:

    A Time to Kill and The Firm, both by John Grisham.

  3. cjdawe413@gmail.com' Carol Dawe says:

    I would put “To Kill a Mockingbird” in this category. I also really liked “The Pelican Brief.”

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