Courtroom Thrillers

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Order in the courtroom! Working within the legal system isn’t easy. Sometimes a case hits too close to home, and other times it spirals out of control. Legal-themed thrillers provide plenty of drama, plot twists, and suspense to keep you turning the pages.

Try one of the following titles, available from the JMRL catalog:

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore – In this historical thriller about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America, a young lawyer fresh out of Columbia Law School takes a case that seems impossible to win. His client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over who invented the light bulb.

A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow – After leaving her firm in Atlanta, African American attorney Adisa returns home where she takes on a case defending a police officer who shot an unarmed black teen, which forces both herself and her community to confront prejudices, justice, and forgiveness.

The Defense by Steve Cavanagh – Using skills gleaned from his past as a con man to pursue a legal career, Eddie Flynn turns his back on the legal system after a disastrous case only to be drawn back to the courtroom when the Russian mob in New York kidnaps his young daughter.

The Ex by Alafair Burke – Agreeing to defend her long-ago ex-fiancé when he is arrested for a triple homicide involving his wife’s murderer, a top criminal lawyer confronts formidable doubts in the face of mounting evidence.

Testimony by Scott Turow – Assigned to investigate the unsolved disappearance of an entire Gypsy refugee camp during the Bosnian War, a disillusioned American prosecutor navigates a host of suspects while uncovering disturbing alliances and betrayals.

Snap Judgement by Marcia Clark – When the daughter of a prominent lawyer is murdered and the prime suspect, the ex-boyfriend, dies under suspicious circumstances days later, attorney Samantha Brinkman investigates and discovers multiple motives for murder.

The Outsider by Anthony Franze – Intervening in a violent mugging and catching the eye of the chief justice of the U. S., a young law clerk becomes caught in the crosshairs of a serial killer in a fast-paced thriller set in the high-pressure world of the Supreme Court.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – When her reluctance to treat the newborn of a white supremacist couple results in the child’s death, a black nurse is placed on trial and is aided by a white public defender who urges her not to bring up race in the courtroom.