Did you read and love John Grisham? Do you love the courtroom scenes in Law & Order? If you’re a fan of legal thrillers and are looking for more stories featuring palpable courtroom drama combined with twists and turns, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the most intense legal thrillers that’ll transport you into some wild and twisty predicaments:
First Victim by Debbie Babitt
Honorable Alice D. McKerrity is used to the violence of the crimes that have terrorized New York. Something about the current trial is making her uneasy. A man is being charged with murdering a pregnant woman and it’s causing Alice to think about her past. She’s beginning to have nightmares and reaches the point where she’s questioning her own sanity. When her daughter begins to search for her biological father, a shocking discovery brings Alice to the woods of Upstate New York where she is forced to confront her demons once and for all.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s lives were forever changed when an attack on their family led to their mother being murdered and the two young girls forced into the woods at gunpoint. One girl was able to flee and the other was left behind. In present time, Charlotte is following in her father’s footsteps and working to become a lawyer. Suddenly a crime hits the small town and Charlotte is the first witness and now, she is forced to face the truth about what happened to her family twenty-eight years ago.
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Andy Barber has been a district attorney for over two decades. While his work may be stressful and showcase the brutality of the world, his home life couldn’t be happier. When a boy is found stabbed to death in the park by Andy’s home, the entire town is left in shock. So is Andy. His son, Jacob, is accused of the crime. While Andy fully believes in Jacob’s innocence, the pressure of the trial becomes impossible to contain and the evidence against Jacob makes Andy question how well he knows his son. What is Jacob capable of and how far will Andy go to protect him?
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
Tracy Crosswhite became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD because of her sister, Sarah.. Twenty years ago, Sarah disappeared, resulting in a murder trial that found Edmund House – a serial rapist – guilty of Sarah’s murder. Now, two decades after she vanished, Sarah’s remains are found and Tracy is determined more than ever to finally find the real killer.
When We Were Bright and Beautiful by Jillian Medoff
Cassie Quinn is on her way back to Manhattan to reunite with her family. But, this is no happy reunion. Cassie’s brother, Billy, has just been arrested and accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. While the Quinn’s may be filthy rich and can afford the best legal team imaginable, Billy is a white, privileged, athlete that gains a ton of media attention. As Cassie begins to wonder why Billy’s ex could ever accuse him of such a horrible crime, she explores an affair with an older man that lasted for years. As the trial begins, Cassie faces a terrifying realization that in order to protect her brother, she may have to tell the world her best-kept secret.
A Killer’s Wife by Victor Methos
Prosecutor Jessica Yardley finally feels like she’s moving on from the past fourteen years after her husband was sent to prison for a series of murders. Jessica’s peace is shattered when a series of homicides similar to her ex-husband’s crimes cause the FBI to ask her to be involved. In order to catch the copy-cat killer, Jessica most confront her ex-husband and ask him to help find a killer.
The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan
A young woman is part of a project to help save an innocent man who is on death row. While her colleagues and peers may think she’s a hardworking law student looking for help to claim his innocence, they are wrong. She has joined them to work against this man and she will not stop until he is completely buried.
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Sophie Whitehouse has a beautiful house, two perfect children, and a charming husband. Sophie has the perfect life. But all of that changes when her husband, James, comes home and admits that he has cheated. While this confession seemingly changes everything, it’s about to get a lot worse when James is charged with a horrible crime. Is James a predator or is he someone being targeted?
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