Legal Stars

Novels related to the legal system - includes thrillers, drama, general fiction, etc.

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine - unless otherwise noted.

  • The Last Goodbye
    Author: Arvin, Reed
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060555513 Date: 2004
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    When a down-on-his-luck attorney gets mixed up with a gorgeous singer with a secret past, it results in an absorbing tale of love, betrayal, and murder.
    Updated 1.10.04
  • The Defense
    Author: Buffa, D.W.
    Publisher: Holt/Macrae List Price: $ 20 ISBN: 0805053077 Date: 1997
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    Defense attorney Joseph Antonelli is a stranger to defeat. Until Judge Rifkin asks Antonelli to defend Johnny Morel, a con man and convicted drug dealer accused of raping his 12-year-old step-daughter, Michelle. The prosecution's case is riddled with inconsistencies. Antonelli never confused the legal system with justice, so it should have been routine to defend a man he knew
  • Temporary Sanity
    Author: Connors, Rose
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 074322907x Date: 2003
    A brilliant new legal thriller, set on beautiful Cape Cod, from the author whose debut novel, Absolute Certainty, won raves for its fresh voice and its passion for the law. "We recommend Connors to fans of Perri O'Shaughnessy and Lisa Scottoline, "--Booklist.
    Updated 5.29.03
  • The Best Defense
    Author: Cose, Ellis
    Publisher: HarperCollins List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 006071496x Date: 1998
    When Felicia Fontaine is brought in to defend a man accused of killing his office rival over a question of affirmative action polices, she must go up against her former flame, prosecutor Mario Santiago.
  • Devil to Pay
    Author: Dold, Gaylord
    Publisher: St Martins Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312192576 Date: 1999
    In the tradition of Scott Turow's blockbuster Presumed Innocent comes a riveting psychological legal thriller with a twist - written by the author of the acclaimed crime novel, Schedule Two.
  • Jury of One
    Author: Ellis, David
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399151494 Date: 2004
    Life Sentence, David Ellis's follow-up to his Edgar-winning debut, Line of Vision, inspired great admiration from lovers of courtroom suspense. In Jury of One, Shelly Trotter, the daughter of the state's governor and a children's-rights advocate, is thrust into a world in which she's completely unschooled--the criminal court.
    Updated 1.26.04
  • Cold Hit
    Author: Fairstein, Linda
    Publisher: Scribner List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0684848465 Date: 1999
    The mysterious death of a wealthy art collector leads Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace on a quest for clues that takes them behind the scenes at glitzy East Side auction houses, to top-level police meetings, and into courtrooms, where justice does not always prevail.
  • High Crimes
    Author: Finder, Joseph
    Publisher: Morrow Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0688149626 Date: 1998
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    An incendiary mix of courtroom machinations, political intrigue, and marital duplicity, by the acclaimed author of The Zero Hour. A random burglary turns the lives of high-powered attorney Claire Chapman and her money-manager husband Tom upside-down when the ensuing investigation reveals that Tom is not who he says he is.
  • Witness for the Dead
    Author: Fredickson, Michael
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312874472 Date: 2001
    Butchy Crimmins, head of Boston's Irish mob, is ratted out as a snitch for the FBI. Butchy and his girlfriend, Mavis Reilly, are on the run from the Feds, the District Attorney, and the Italian Mafia. The only way to Bring Butchy in is to trick Mavis into revealing her whereabouts.
    Updated 4/4/01
  • Key Witness
    Author: Freedman, J.F.
    Publisher: Dutton List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 052594334x Date: 1997
    The acclaimed author of Against the Wind delivers thrilling courtroom suspense in his latest breathtaking novel. When a young black man is charged with a series of rape murders, lawyer Wyatt Matthews, burnt-out from his high-paying corporate role with a major law firm, joins the public defender's office to take on the case.
  • Reckless Homicide
    Author: Genberg, Ira
    Publisher: St. Martin's List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 031217974x Date: 1998
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    A plane goes down, a big-time lawyer goes on trial, and the resulting investigation threatens to blow the lid off a major coverup, in this electrifying legal thriller that marries Michael Crichton's Airframe with the best of John Grisham.
  • Testament
    Author: Grisham, John
    Publisher: Doubleday Price: $ 27.95 ISBN: 0385493800 Date: 1999
    An eccentric, reclusive billionaire looking for a way to die, a burnt-out Washington litigator just out of rehab for the fourth time; a woman who left the modern world to live and work in the jungles of Brazil. In a remarkable mix of legal suspense and high adventure, they are all brought together by the startling secret of The Testament.
  • The Brethren
    Author: Grisham, John
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 27.95 ISBN: 0385497466 Date: 2000
    Housed at Trumble, a minimum security federal prison, are three former judges who call themselves The Brethren. They meet each day in the law library where they write briefs, handle cases for other inmates, practice law without a license, and sometimes dispense jailhouse justice - and they also spend hours hatching schemes to make money. Then, when one of their scams goes awry and ensnares an innocent man with dangerous friends, The Brethren's days of quietly marking time are over.
  • The King of Torts
    Author: Grisham, John
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 27.95 ISBN: 0385508042 Date: 2003
    America's #1 bestselling author delivers this tale of a young public defender who finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. The case could result in an enormous settlement--and make him the legal profession's newest king of torts.
    Updated 2.4.03
  • The Last Juror
    Author: Grisham, John
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 27.95 ISBN: 0385510438 Date: 2004
    Mississippi, 1970: Only nine years after being sentenced to life in prison for the brutal rape and murder of a young mother, Danny Padgitt is paroled and returns to Ford County to seek revenge against the members of the jury that convicted him.
    Updated 2.2.04
  • Secret Sanction
    Author: Haig, Brian
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446527432 Date: 2001
    A battalion of Serbs has been senselessly murdered in Kosovo and the Green Berets stand accused. Now, Major Sean Drummond, a top Army lawyer, is assigned to investigate this unspeakable atrocity. Teamed with a straight-laced prosecutor and a sexy defense attorney, Drummond probes a cover-up that could threaten the stability of the most powerful nation in the world.
    Updated 4/20/01
  • The Stalking of Sheila Quinn
    Author: Healy, Jeremiah F.
    Publisher: Dunn/St Martins List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312186673 Date: 1998
    A criminal defense attorney is stalked by the very murder defendant she gets out on bail, in this electrifying new thriller by the author the Shamus Award-winning John Cuddy series.
  • The Stalking of Sheila Quinn
    Author: Healy, Jeremiah F.
    Publisher: Dunn/St Martins List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312186673 Date: 1998
    A criminal defense attorney is stalked by the very murder defendant she gets out on bail, in this electrifying new thriller by the author the Shamus Award-winning John Cuddy series.
  • Retribution
    Author: Hoffman, Jiliane P.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399151273 Date: 2004
    An elite prosecutor faces the most lethal predator she's ever encountered, in this debut novel inspired by the author's own experiences as an Assistant State Attorney in Florida.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 3.15.04
  • The Law of Gravity
    Author: Horn, Stephen
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060194413 Date: 2002
    The New York Times bestselling author follows up his acclaimed debut novel, In Her Defense, with this thriller. When disgraced former White House lawyer Philip Barkley investigates the disappearance of a government employee, the search threatens to upset the balance of power in Washington.
    Updated 5.9.02
  • Harmful Intent
    Author: Kerr, Baine
    Publisher: Scribner Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0684854139 Date: 1999
    A doctor's inexplicable failure to diagnose breast cancer - every woman's worst nightmare - propels this riveting medical malpractice, legal thriller. With a fine sense of drama and an intimate knowledge of how the legal system really works in the face of power and politics, Blaine Kerr portrays a lone man's fight for justice and the surprising developments that his case takes.
  • Wrongful Death
    Author: Kerr, Blaine
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743211170 Date: 2002
    The worlds of European war crimes and killings in a Colorado hospital converge in this sensational courtroom thriller by a journalist who is also a medical malpractice lawyer.
    Updated 4/30.02
  • The Hamilton Case
    Author: De Kretser, Michelle
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316735485 Date: 2004
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    Lawyer Sam Obeysekere's involvement in murder case that shakes the upper echelons of an island society makes a name for him, but sets his life on course for disappointment.
    Updated 4.12.04
  • Mission Flats
    Author: Landay, Bill
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385336144 Date: 2003
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    In the bestselling tradition of Scott Turow and Dennis Lehane, a former district attorney explodes onto the scene with a blistering debut set in Maine and Boston.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 8.13.03
  • Past Due
    Author: Lashner, William
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060508175 Date: 2004
    A maze of false identities, missing corpses and resurrections bedevils Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl in Lashner's riveting new thriller which delivers colorful characters, witty dialogue and nonstop suspense.
    Updated 1/10/04
  • Perjury
    Author: Latreille, Stan
    Publisher: Crown List Price: $ 25 Date: 1998
    ISBN: 0609601385
    From a writer and Circuit Court judge poised to join the ranks of Scott Turow and Lisa Scottoline comes a fast-paced courtroom drama about lies, sexual abuse, and justice - and a lawyer who breaks an unwritten rule after he finds his passion for law jeopardized by his love for a beautiful, vulnerable client.
  • Guilt
    Lescroart, John
    Delacorte List Price: $24.95 ISBN: 0385316550 Date: 1997
    A gripping novel of legal suspense by the author of The 13th Juror. Successful San Francisco attorney Mark Dooher, a married man, decides he wants a beautiful young attorney working in his office. As legal counsel for San Francisco's Archdiocese, divorce is not exactly on his agenda. When his wife is murdered, Dooher becomes a suspect in the case. But with the Catholic Church in his pocket, Dooher feels that nothing can stop him.
  • The Mercy Rule
    Author: Lescroart, John
    Publisher: Delacorte List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385316585 Date: 1998
    Dismas Hardy, the former bartender, loving husband and father, and reluctant defense attorney if Lescroart's blockbuster novel The 13th Juror, returns to face his most challenging case yet - defending a could-have-been-great baseball player indicted for the murder of his father.
  • Nothing But the Truth
    Author: Lescroart, John
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385333536 Date: 2000
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    San Francisco Defense Attorney Dismas Hardy knows his wife is the most reliable of mothers. So when she fails to pick up their children from school one day, he's convinced something terrible has happened.
  • Oath
    Author: Lescroart, John
    Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0525945768 Date: 2002
    Defense attorney Dismas Hardy makes a terrifying discovery while investigating the murder of the head of San Francisco's largest HMO: too many patients have been dying, and it looks like it is the hospital that is killing them. In The Oath, Lescroart pits Hardy and homicide lieutenant Abe Glitsky against each other in a story of bad medicine and hard-hitting justice.
    Updated 11/20/01
  • Deadspin
    Author: MacGregor, Gregory Michael
    Publisher: Bantam List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0553105841 Date: 1997
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    In the page-turning tradition of Airframe and Pandora's Clock, Deadspin is a riveting debut thriller about a fatally defective airplane - and the lawsuit that could bring down a future president... or destroy the attorney hired to prosecute it. Chilling, authentic, and gripping.
  • Billy Strobe
    Author: Martel, John
    Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0525946187 Date: 2001
    Billy Strobe is a lawyer and an ex-con, a man who believes in the law but always seems to be on the wrong side of it. Working to clear the names of the two men he respects most in life, his quest for justice will ultimately force him to choose between loyalty and the safety of himself and a woman he has come to love.
    Updated 8/29/01
  • Dead Even
    Author: Meltzer, Brad
    Publisher: Rob Weisbach $ 25 ISBN: 068815090x Date: 1998
    Sara Tate is a lawyer in the Manhattan D.A.'s office. Due to budget cutbacks, she's in danger of losing her job and takes on a case meant for another prosecutor. Sara's attorney husband, Jared, also gets involved in the case--on the side of the defense. Sara is soon informed that if she loses, Jared will be killed. He receives a similar threat. In a battle of roller-coaster emotions and shocking betrayals, Sara and Jared must face the unthinkable truth: No matter who wins--one of them may die.

  • The Advocate
    Author: Mesce, Bill and Szilagyi, Steve
    Publisher: Bantam $ 23.95 ISBN: 055380118x Date: 2000
    For those who loved the no-holds-barred military investigative work of The General's Daughter and the electrifying legal stratagems of John Katzenbach's Hart's War comes an edge-of-your-seat thriller that asks: Is war a crime? The Advocate is a suspenseful human drama about the loss of innocence and the seduction of power.
    Updated 8/9/00
  • The Hearing
    Author: Mills, James
    Publisher: Warner List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0446519588 Date: 1998
    Alabama Judge Gus Parham has it all: a successful career, a loving wife, and now, his crowning achievement - a nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. But when an old enemy digs into his past, Gus is rocked by a revelation.
  • Rumpole Rests His Case
    Author: Mortimer, John
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670031399 Date: 2002
    Fans old and new will welcome this brand-new volume in John Mortimer's hugely popular series--Horace Rumpole's first appearance in six years. The comic, courageous, and corpulent "great defender of muddled and sinful humanity" reenters the fray in a book that sends up the British legal system as deftly as ever.
    Updated 10.24.02
  • Rumpole and the Primrose Path
    Author: Mortimer, John
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670013461 Date: 2003
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    In six new stories, Horace Rumpole, despite a heart attack that left him at death's door in the previous volume, deftly parries everything from the admonitions of his wife, Hilda, to the vagaries of his legal colleagues and their new director of marketing.
    Updated 10.23.03
  • Presumption of Death
    Author: O'Shaughnessy, Perri
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385336454 Date: 2003
    No sooner does attorney Nina Reilly begin to put her life back in order after her near-disbarment (Unfit to Practice) than she is called upon by her assistant, Sandy, to defend her son, who has been accused of murder in a horrific arson case.
    Updated 5.29.03
  • Convictions
    Author: Patterson, Richard North
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345450191 Date: 2005
    From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author comes the harrowing story of a possibly innocent man, the labyrinthine politics of death row, and one lawyer's personal and professional crisis.
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Balance of Power
    Author: Patterson, Richard North
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 27.95 ISBN: 0345450175 Date: 2003
    The #1 New York Times bestselling author confronts one of America's most emotional and divisive issues--gun violence--in this novel of politics, law, and power.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction
    Updated 7.28.03
  • Protect and Defend
    Author: Patterson, Richard North
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 0679450440 Date: 2001
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    In a compelling new novel, Patterson makes a major departure that confirms his place among the most important writers at work today. A newly elected president faces the unexpected chance to nominate a new chief justice of the Supreme Court, but the Senate majority leader is determined to thwart the nomination for reasons that cross the boundary between the political and the personal. What results is the definitive novel of politics and law at the dawn of the 21st century.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction | All Stars
    Updated 11/17/00
  • Silent Witness
    Author: Patterson, Richard North
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $26 ISBN:0679450408 Date: 1997
    Patterson's most stunning novel to date offers a powerful portrayal of the complexities of male friendship, of the darkest recesses of love, and of the ways in which the past stakes claim upon the present. When attorney Tony Lord returns to his hometown to defend his former best friend who's been accused of murder, Tony is plunged into the unfinished business of his past.
  • The Caverel Claim
    Author: Rawlinson, Peter
    Publisher: Dunne List Price: $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312193432 Date: 1998
  • Indictment for Murder
    Author: Rawlinson, Peter
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312253257 Date: 2000
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    Jonathan Playfair, Knight of the Realm, stands trial for the murder of a man with whom he had fought side-by-side 50 years earlier in the mountains of North Africa. As he sits in the courtroom, Jonathan is consumed by long-buried memories of North Africa and the recurring scene of a man's death.
  • The Richmond Diary
    Author: Rawlinson, Peter
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312275536 Date: 2001
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    When Francis Richmond dies, he leaves behind a diary detailing the questionable involvement between a high-level government official and a millionaire industrialist. The resulting chain reaction leads to one man's suicide and a dirty court battle.
    Updated 11/29/01
  • The Deception
    Author: Reed, Barry
    Publisher: Crown List Price: $23 ISBN: 0517701561 Date: 1997
    From the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Verdict and The Choice comes a suspenseful new courtroom drama featuring attorney Dan Sheridan. Called in to sue a hospital after a highly ranked tennis player commits suicide there, Sheridan uncovers sexual misconduct and an ethical dilemma that will nearly cost him his life.
  • Semiautomatic
    Author: Reuland, Rob
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375505024 Date: 2004
    Antihero Andrew Giobberti, a prosecutor reckoning with his daughter's accidental death, has an opportunity for personal and professional rebirth: a murder trial. Soon the difficulty of playing things by the book become apparent.
    Updated 4.8.04
  • Open and Shut
    Author: Rosenfelt, David
    Publisher: Warner $ 23.95 ISBN: 089296748x Date: 2002
    Defense attorney Andy Carpenter manages to sail through any tough situation, whether inside the courtroom or in his personal life. But this all changes when his marriage breaks up and his father suddenly dies, leaving him distraught--and 22 million dollars richer.
    Updated 5/9/02
  • First Degree
    Author: Rosenfelt, David
    Publisher: Penzler $ 23.95 ISBN: 0892967544 Date: 2003
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    In the exciting follow-up to Open and Shut, 30-something defense lawyer Andy Carpanter must solve the crime when his closest friend and the love of his life gets framed for the murder of a cop.
    Updated 3.13.03
  • Rough Justice
    Author: Scottoline, Lisa
    Publisher: HarperCollins List Price: $ 23 ISBN:0060187468 Date: 1997
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    The Edgar Award-winning author of Legal Tender and Final Appeal launches a riveting new series set in an all-female Philadelphia law firm. When defense attorney Marta Richter agrees to defend millionaire Elliot Steere , accused of murdering a homeless man who tried to steal his car, she is confident of her client's innocence. But just as the jury begins to deliberate, Marta learns the shocking truth: Steere is a cold-blooded killer.
  • Mistaken Identity
    Author: Scottoline, Lisa
    Publisher: HarperCollins Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0060187476 Date: 1999
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    An accused murderer is a dead ringer for the attorney hired to protect her - claiming to be her long-lost twin sister. From that startling opening, Mistaken Identity sweeps up readers on a roller coaster rider of breathless suspense, the kind only bestselling author Lisa Scottoline can deliver.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Moment of Truth
    Author: Scottoline, Lisa
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25 ISBN: 0060196092 Date: 2000
    When Jack Newlin discovers his wife's lifeless body, he decides instantly to frame himself for her murder. He confesses to the police and hires Mary DiNunzio, an inexperienced associate at the Philly law firm of Rosato & Associates. Mary isn't certain she wants to be a lawyer at all, but begins to suspect that instead of having a guilty client protesting his innocence, she has an innocent client protesting his guilt. Mary decides to find out the truth and save Jack's life - but her biggest obstacle will be Jack himself.
  • Misconceptions
    Author: Shapiro, Robert L. & Walt Becker
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25 ISBN: 0688176852 Date: 2001
    A small-town Louisiana doctor has it all until one weekend of infidelity and an unwanted pregnancy threaten to destroy everything. Plunged into a nightmare of lies and legal maneuvering, Wyatt is forced into one desperate act that thrusts his town--and his country--into an explosive legal battle.
    Updated 5/4/01
  • The Perfect Witness
    Author: Siegel, Barry
    Publisher: Ballantine List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0345413075 Date: 1998
    An electrifying debut novel in the legal thriller tradition of Scott Turow and Philip Freidman. Small-town lawyer Greg Monarch takes on the legal challenge of his career when he agrees to defend his former partner on a charge of murder. Monarch's only chance is to turn the prosecutor's perfect witness into the defenses's secret weapon.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Half Moon and Empty Stars
    Author: Spence, Gerry
    Publisher: Scribner $ 27 ISBN: 0743202767 Date: 2001
    From the author of bestselling How to Argue and Win Every Time comes a new classic about two Native American brothers torn apart--a legal thriller, a love story, and a visionary work that examines deeply the values of life and death.
    Updated 5/29/01
  • Blind Justice
    Author: Stockley, Grif
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $22 ISBN: 0684815648 Date: 1997
    Gideon Page returns to the Arkansas Delta area where he grew up and where Doss Bledsoe, a poor African-American factory worker, stands accused of murdering his Chinese-American employer. As tense race relations heat to a full boil, Gideon must also confron the agonizing memories of his father's suicide as well as his own desire to exact revenge from the rich family responsible for his family's pain - perhaps even at the expense of the truth.
  • True Justice
    Author: Tanenbaum, Robert K.
    Publisher: Pocket $ 24.95 ISBN: 0743405897 Date: 2000
    For Butch Karp, chief assistant district attorney for New York County, a nightmare begins with the discovery of a baby's body discarded with the city's refuse. The public is screaming for blood, and it's Karp's unpleasant job to deliver it by making an example of the newborn's troubled 15-year-old mother. For Butch and his wife, Marlene, things couldn't get any more tense until a shocking turn of events puts their teenaged daughter, Lucy, at the center of the horrifying crime.
    Updated 6/22/00
  • Final Witness
    Author: Tolkien, Simon
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375508821 Date: 2003
    The grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien makes a thrilling debut as a novelist in this suspenseful family drama about a teenage boy who accuses his stepmother of murdering his mother, Lady Anne Robinson. Thomas's father, Sir Peter Robinson, is the British minister of defense and refuses to believe his son. Instead, he will be the trial's final witness.
    Suggested Reading: First Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 10.24.02
  • Personal Injuries
    Author: Turow, Scott
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux List Price: $ 27 ISBN: 0374281947 Date: 1999
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  • Reversible Errors
    Author: Turow, Scott
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 28 ISBN: 0374281602 Date: 2002
    starKirkus starPW starLJ
    The bestselling author of Burden of Proof returns with a supercharged, exquisitely suspenseful novel about a vicious triple murder and the man condemned to die for it. Further complicating the situation is that the judge who originally found the man guilty is only recently out of prison herself, having served time for taking bribes.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Sworn to Defend
    Author: Wheat, Carolyn
    Publisher: Berkley List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0425163032 Date: 1998
    Brooklyn lawyer Cass Jameson can't believe her luck! She finally has an innocent client. But after she proves the man innocent of robbery charges, she learns that he's guilty of a far worse crime.
  • Troubled Waters
    Author: Wheat, Carolyn
    Publisher: Berkley List Price: $ 21.95 ISBN: 0425157849 Date: 1997
    From the author of Where Nobody Dies and Dead Man's Thoughts comes a new mystery featuring Brooklyn attorney Cass Jameson. Cass' activist past come thundering forth with a vengeance when her brother, a quariplegic Vietnam vet, is charged with a long-ago murder of a federal agent.
  • No Defense
    Author: Wilhelm, Kate
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 03122098533 Date: 2000
    starLibrary Journal
    In the Oregon desert, Barbara Holloway takes on a murder-or-suicide case for which there's no defense. Or is there?


Beatty, Paul Tuff 0375401229 Random House $23.00 May-00 PW
Brown, Sandra The Witness 0446516317 Warner Books $21.95 Jul-95 PW
Buckley, Christopher No Way to Treat a First Lady 0375507345 Random House $24.95 Oct-02 KIRKUS
Buffa, D. W. The Defense 0805053077 Henry Holt $20.00 Oct-97 LJ, PW
Bunker, Edward Dog Eat Dog 0312143141 St Martins $22.95 Aug-96 BOOKLIST, PW
Burke, James Lee Cimarron Rose 0786862580 Hyperion $24.95 Aug-97 KIRKUS, PW, NYT NOTABLE
Clark, Martin The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living 0375407251 Random House $24.00 Apr-00 KIRKUS, PW, NYT NOTABLE
Diehl, William Reign in Hell 0345411447 Ballantine $25.00 Nov-97 BOOKLIST
Dold, Gaylord The Devil to Pay 0312192576 St Martins $24.95 Feb-99 BOOKLIST
Dooling, Richard Brain Storm 0679452397 Random House $25.00 Apr-98 KIRKUS, NYT NOTABLE
Dunmore, Helen Your Blue-Eyed Boy 0316197386 Little Brown $23.95 Jun-98 PW
Freedman, J. F. Key Witness 052594334X Penguin $23.95 Aug-97 KIRKUS
Gadol, Peter The Long Rain 0312155719 St Martins $23.00 Sep-97 KIRKUS, PW
Genberg, Ira Reckless Homicide 031217974X St Martins $23.95 Jan-98 BOOKLIST
Golden, Marita The Edge of Heaven 0385415079 Bantam Dell $22.95 Jan-98 LJ
Graham, Janice Firebird 0399144048 Putnam $19.95 Jul-98 PW
Grippando, James Beyond Suspicion 0066213444 Harpercollins $24.95 Sep-02 BOOKLIST
Grisham, John The Rainmaker 0385424736 Bantam Dell $27.95 May-95 PW
Grisham, John The Runaway Jury 0385472943 Bantam Dell $27.95 May-96 PW
Grisham, John The Testament 0385493800 Bantam Dell $27.95 Mar-99 PW
Grisham, John The King of Torts 0385508042 Bantam Dell $27.95 Feb-03 PW
Gruenfeld, Lee The Halls of Justice 0525941304 Penguin $24.95 Jun-96 KIRKUS
Hall, James W. Body Language 0312192436 St Martins $24.95 Sep-98 KIRKUS,LJ, PW
Hoffman, Alice Blue Diary 0399148027 Putnam $24.95 Jul-01 KIRKUS, PW
Huston, James W. Flash Point 0688172016 Harpercollins $26.00 Jun-00 KIRKUS
Korelitz, Jean Hanff Sabbathday River 0374253234 Farrar Straus & Giroux $25.00 Apr-99 BOOKLIST, PW
Lee, Gus No Physical Evidence 044991139X Ballantine $24.95 Sep-98 KIRKUS
Lescroart, John T. The Mercy Rule 0385316585 Bantam Dell $24.95 Oct-98 KIRKUS
MacDougal, Bonnie Angle of Impact 0345414454 Ballantine $24.00 Apr-98 BOOKLIST
Margolin, Phillip After Dark 0385475489 Bantam Dell $23.95 Jul-95 BOOKLIST
Martini, Steven Paul The Judge 0399140433 Putnam $23.95 Jan-96 PW
Meltzer, Brad Dead Even 068815090X Harpercollins $25.00 May-98 LJ
Mortimer, John Rumpole and the Angel of Death 067086451X Penguin $22.95 Mar-96 PW
Mortimer, John Clifford Rumpole Rests His Case 0670031399 Penguin $24.95 Oct-02 PW
Nava, Michael Rag and Bone 039914708X Putnam $24.95 Mar-01 LJ, LJ BEST BOOKS
Patterson, James Four Blind Mice 0316693006 Little Brown $27.95 Nov-02 PW
Patterson, Richard North Silent Witness 0679450408 Random House $25.95 Jan-97 PW
Patterson, Richard North Dark Lady 0679450432 Random House $25.95 Aug-99 BOOKLIST
Pyper, Andrew Lost Girls 038533446X Bantam Dell $23.95 Jun-00 BOOKLIST, KIRKUS, PW, NYT NOTABLE
Rawlinson, Peter The Caverel Claim 0312193432 St Martins $21.95 Dec-98 KIRKUS
Rawlinson, Peter The Richmond Diary 0312275536 St Martins $23.95 Nov-01 PW
Robbins, David L. Scorched Earth 0553801767 Bantam Dell $24.95 Mar-02 PW
Rogers, Chris Bitch Factor 0553106597 Bantam Dell $22.95 Mar-98 LJ
Rosenfelt, David Open and Shut 089296748X Warner $23.95 May-02 BOOKLIST
Sawikin, Harvey The Education of Rick Green, Esq. 0684803631 Simon & Schuster $23.00 Jul-95 PW
Schanker, D. R. A Criminal Appeal 0312192533 St Martins $23.95 Sep-98 KIRKUS
Scottoline, Lisa Running from the Law 0060176598 Harpercollins $20.00 Oct-95 KIRKUS
Scottoline, Lisa Legal Tender 006017658X Harpercollins $23.00 Oct-96 PW
Scottoline, Lisa Mistaken Identity 0060187476 Harpercollins $24.00 Apr-99 KIRKUS, LJ, PW
Tan, Hwee Hwee Foreign Bodies 0892552360 W W Norton $24.00 Nov-98 KIRKUS, PW
Tanenbaum, Robert K. Irresistible Impulse 0525943102 Penguin $24.95 Nov-97 PW
Topor, Tom The Codicil 0786861533 Hyperion $21.95 Apr-95 BOOKLIST, PW
Turow, Scott The Laws of Our Fathers 0374184232 Farrar Straus & Giroux $26.95 Oct-96 BOOKLIST, KIRKUS, PW, PW BEST BOOKS
Turow, Scott Personal Injuries 0374281947 Farrar Straus & Giroux $27.00 Sep-99 KIRKUS, PW, PW BEST BOOKS
Turow, Scott Reversible Errors 0374281602 Farrar Straus & Giroux $28.00 Nov-02 KIRKUS, LJ, PW
Weiss, Philip Cock-A-Doodle-Doo 0374125155 Farrar Straus & Giroux $21.00 Feb-95 PW
Wolfe, Tom Man in Full 0374270325 Farrar Straus & Giroux $28.95 Nov-98 PW, NYT NOTABLE, NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
Zagel, James Money to Burn 0399148914 Putnam $24.95 Jul-02 KIRKUS





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2012 Lists

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