The Court is in Session: Law and Lawyers in Fiction

John Grisham is probably the best known writer of legal thrillers today. But what do you do when Grisham’s new book is out and you are number 187 on the holds list? This list has some suggestions to tide you over until you can get the latest legal fiction. All of the authors listed here write books that deal with lawyers, the law, and courtrooms. Some are thrillers, others are mysteries, and some simply deal with the lives of families caught up in the legal system. All of them give insights into the fascinating world of torts and trials. If you need help finding any of the books listed here, please ask for help at the reference desk.

  • Auerbach, Jessica — Catch Your Breath
  • Bernhardt, William — Blind Justice
  • Blackstock, Terri — Ulterior Motives
  • Blauner, Peter — The Intruder
  • Blum, Bill — Prejudicial Error
  • Bohjalian, Christopher A. — Midwives
  • Buffa, Dudley W. — The Defense
  • Byatt, A. S. — Babel Tower
  • Cose, Ellis — The Best Defense
  • Crichton, Michael — Disclosure
  • Denker, Henry — Doctor on Trial
  • Dershowitz, Alan M. — The Advocate's Devil
  • Dias, Dexter — False Witness
  • Dooling, Richard — Brain Storm
  • Dunmore, Helen — Your Blue-eyed Boy
  • Dunne, Dominick — Another City, Not my Own: a Novel in the Form of a Memoir
  • Eberhardt, Michael C. — Against the Law
  • Friedman, Philip — Grand Jury: a Novel
  • Gaddis, William — A Frolic of his Own: A Novel
  • Genberg, Ira — Reckless Homicide
  • Gordimer, Nadine — The House Gun
  • Green, George Dawes — The Juror
  • Grisham, John — The Runaway Jury
  • Gruenfeld, Lee — The Halls of Justice
  • Guterson, David — Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Hamilton, Jane — A Map of the World
  • Handberg, Ron — Savage Justice
  • Harrington, William — Town on Trial
  • Healy, J. F. — The Stalking of Sheilah Quinn
  • Higgins, George V. — Sandra Nichols Found Dead
  • Hoag, Tami — Guilty as Sin
  • Hunter, Evan — Criminal Conversation
  • Isaacs, Susan — Lily White: a Novel
  • James, P.D. — A Certain Justice
  • Keech, Thomas — The Crawlspace Conspiracy
  • Kennedy, William P. — Guard of Honor
  • Kiefer, Warren — The Stanton Succession
  • Klempner, Joseph T. — Felony Murder
  • Klima, Ivan — Judge on Trial
  • Korelitz, Jean Hanff — A Jury of her Peers
  • Lane, Christopher A. — Appearance of Evil
  • Lashner, William — Veritas: a Novel
  • Latreille, Stan — Perjury
  • Levine, Paul — Mortal Sin
  • Listfield, Emily — Acts of Love
  • MacDougal, Bonnie — Breach of Trust
  • MacGregor, Gregory Michael — Deadspin
  • Margolin, Phillip — After Dark
  • McGuire, Christine — Until Death Do Us Part
  • Mehling, Harold — Assumption of Guilt
  • Meltzer, Brad — Dead Even
  • O'Shaughnessy, Perri — Motion to Suppress
  • Parker, Barbara — Criminal Justice
  • Parrish, Richard — Abandoned Heart
  • Patterson, Richard North — Silent Witness
  • Picoult, Jodi — Mercy
  • Quindlen, Anna — One True Thing
  • Reinken, Patrick — Judgment Day
  • Robson, Ruthann — Another Mother
  • Rogers, Chris — Bitch Factor
  • Rosenberg, Nancy Taylor — Trial by Fire
  • Scottoline, Lisa — Rough Justice
  • Siegel, Barry — The Perfect Witness
  • Topor, Tom — The Codicil
  • Truscott, Lucian K. — Heart of War
  • Turow, Scott — The Laws of Our Fathers
  • Van Wormer, Laura — Jury Duty: a Novel
  • Wallace, Rangeley — No Defense
  • Warfield, Gallatin — State v. Justice
  • Wilhelm, Kate — Malice Prepense
  • Willett, Sabin — The Deal
  • Yglesias, Rafael — The Murderer Next Door