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Subject: Can anyone recommend some legal thrillers besides John Grisham?
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 6:35 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/5/2008 10:16 PM ET
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Try Scott Turow, Greg Iles, Lisa Scottoline, Perri O' Shaughnessy, the Mathew Scudder series by Lawrence Block and of couorse, Perry Mason by Erle Stanley Gardner.

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 7:42 PM ET
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I'm reading "The Suspect" by John Lescroat...it's really good!  I second Greg Iles, and Lisa Scottoline.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 6:33 PM ET
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Here's a list a library put together with some more suggestions.    http://www.northbrook.info/lib_fiction_legal.php

I'm partial to Lisa Scottoline, also enjoyed Claire Matturro's books - a little lighter, and DW is a big fan of the Trish Maguire Mysteries by Natasha Cooper. 

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Date Posted: 2/19/2008 7:47 PM ET
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Have you read any of Faye Kellerman's novels?  She has a series that I call the Peter Decker-Rina Lazarus series.  They should be read in order if you want to follow how they met, and how the children grow, etc.  Her first one came out in 1986.  Title is "The Ritual Bath".  Peter Decker is a  detective for the LAPD.  There are 17 or 18 written.  I have "Ther  Burnt House" on my wish list and "The Mercedes Coffin" comes out in August.  There were a couple that I did not like as well as the others but I liked them all.


This is first time I have posted at any forum.... Great Gram

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:30 PM ET
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Robert Tanenbaum books!

They star Butch Karp, a straight arrow DA who is the most moral and honorable man ever, and his wild-woman wife Marlene Ciampi, who has been the victim of violence and thus might take the law into her own hands at times.

Very well written, sometimes maddening, sometimes exciting, sometimes farfetched, never dull

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:32 PM ET
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Also Joel Goldman writes about Lou Mason, an attorney in Kansas City Missouri.  Sounds boring but his Kansas City has never a dull moment!

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I have to recommend Lisa Scottoline.  I haven't been disappointed in one of hers yet!

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 3:11 PM ET
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I like Lisa Scottoline too


Brad Meltzer has quite a few legal thrillers

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 11:02 AM ET
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Susan Sloan is very good too.

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Check out Steve Martini.  very good!

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Paul Levine's Solomon vs. Lord is a funny/fast paced mystery.  It is the start of a series.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 7:35 PM ET
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I especially like legal thrillers and agree with all the suggestions mentioned above plus here are some of the best that have not been listed:  d.w. Buffa, Dexter Dias, David Ellis, Jilliane Hoffman, Stephen Horn, Phillip Margolin, John Martel, Steve Martini, again you can't beat Brad Meltzer, David Rosenfelt, Sheldon Siegel, Gallatin Warfield, and Shelby Yastrow.

A couple books that are must reads, altho the author is not especially known as a LT writter are:  Nelson DeMille's Word of Honor, Lee Gruenfeld's The Expert, John Katzenbach's Harts War.

These should keep you busy.


Date Posted: 3/5/2008 7:55 PM ET
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On a slightly different (lighter) vein, a mystery where the protagonist is a lawyer (in trouble) is Linda O. Johnston's Kendra Ballentyne mystery/romance series. They do have some law in them, though they're not courtroom-centric. I've burned out on the genre right now - too much Law and Order on TV, I guess. Also, I bought a number (15) of books by the authors mentioned in this thread at my local library sale last week to do a Box of Books trade that went nowhere after I bought them (based on someone's request list). I'm happy to do 2-for-1 or a box if anyone is interested.
Date Posted: 4/5/2008 8:10 PM ET
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I have seven of the John Lescroart books (his protagonist, attorney Dismas Hardy)

Anybody want a deal?  7 for 3 credits or 2 for 1 if you don't need the whole series

Subject: Thrillers
Date Posted: 4/8/2008 8:43 AM ET
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       Kristen F

Try Joel Rosenberg, there are 2 books that are thrillers called "The Last Jihad and The Last Days " there political thrillers .

Or Frank Perroti is also a good Thriller Author

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 11:50 AM ET
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Scott Turow,


Perri O'Shaughnessy - I have a book from her one my bookshelf, Motion to Suppress, if intere4sted. :-)

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 5:32 PM ET
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Lee Child is excellent.  He has the same character in all of his books.  Also, Harlan Coben.

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I like William Bernhardt's Ben Kincaid series. It's about a lawyer from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Steve Martini writes a good one as does as does Robert K Tannebaum.  William Taply does 'cozy' legals.  I like James Grippando as well.  I like his Jack Swyteck series.

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These are completely different, but Sarah Caudwell's books are wonderful and absolutely hilarious.  The only way I've found to describe them is that they are about a bunch of sexually ambiguous English corporate solicitors who know nothing about crime (they specialize in things like tax and investments) who find themselves embroiled in murders.  They are very, very funny, and in a weird way, the lawyers themselves are extremely realistic.

I was so sad when she passed away a couple of years ago.  There are (devastatingly) only four books.  As an added bonus, Edward Gorey did all the covers.

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