7 of the 21st Century’s Must-Read Best Legal Thrillers

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Legal thrillers bring unparalleled legal drama straight to judges, jurors, lawyers, court reporters, and marshalls. Discover some of the 21st century’s best legal thrillers delivered to you by some of the best authors below.

7 of the 21st Century’s Finest Legal Thrillers That Legal Practitioners Should Read

1. The Lincoln Lawyer

Author: Michael Connelly

New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly has managed to create some of the most gripping legal thrillers of the 21st century. The book follows the story of Mickey Haller as he lands his first high-paying client and navigates through a complex process in his quest for innocence.

2. Sycamore Row

Author: John Grisham

The king of legal thrillers follows up to one of his classics, A Time To Kill, with this book. The story takes place three years after the events that took place in A Time To Kill and looks at the story of Jack Brigance working on a new case filled with questions more than answers.

3. My Sister’s Grave

Author: Robert Dugoni

My Sister’s Grave is perhaps Robert Dugoni’s best work to date, and that’s saying a lot because he is the absolute most literary of all the legal thriller writers today. This page-turner mystery introduces Tracy Crosswhite, a Seattle detective, and the story surrounding her sister’s mysterious death from decades ago.

4. An Innocent Client

Author: Scott Pratt

A defense lawyer, Joe Dillard, after years of practice, wants to stop representing and defending guilty clients to clear his conscience. Then the opportunity to defend an innocent client comes knocking at his door when a mysterious girl is tied to and accused of the murder of a preacher.

5. Judge and Jury

Authors: James Patterson and Andrew Gross

What happens when you have one of the most prolific writers of the genre team up with another equally talented creative mind? An absolute page-turner that will have you at the edge of your seat.

The story follows the life of single mom and aspiring actress, Andie DeGrasse, as she reluctantly takes the responsibility of juror in a landmark case against a mob boss named The Electrician.

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6. The Fifth Witness

Author: Michael Connelly

Another Connelly entry, The Fifth Witness takes us into Mickey Haller’s world once again. Haller is at one of his lowest times in life and begins taking foreclosure cases. All seems well until the twist after the verdict.

7. Blood Defense

Author: Marcia Clark

Samantha Brinkman, a criminal defense attorney from Los Angeles, gets a high-profile case where a double murder is involved, with one of the victims being a well-loved television star. The defendant? A decorated LAPD veteran detective.

Marcia Clark showcases her experience and expertise in this novel, which has benefited her as the real-life prosecutor of O.J. Simpson’s criminal case.

Each one of these novels will leave you mesmerized and make you fall in love even more with the world of courtroom drama. Every page-turner transports you in and out of the courtroom and makes you deeply involved in the lives of the stories’ characters.

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