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Subject: Courtroom dramas
Date Posted: 8/5/2008 6:15 PM ET
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I really like novels that include actual courtroom scenes - the more the better.  Several of the books in my shelf are courtroom dramas.  Anyone else interested?

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 12:27 AM ET
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I just finished Compelling Evidence by Steve Martini - very good.  I think Scott Turbow (sp) has a lot of courtroom scenes also.

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 6:29 PM ET
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Compelling Evidence is quite good, and Scott Turow is the very best because his courtroom scenes are so authentic. Grisham's novels tells only fairy tales, but The Innocent Man is a true story about a man on death row who shouldn't be there - it is excellant.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 11:03 PM ET
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The 1959 film, Anatomy of a Murder, is one of the best courtroom drama movies ever made.  It was based on a very popular book from 1958 (author Robert (?) Travers).  I haven't had the chance to read the book, but if it is anything like the movie it definitely would fit your bill!

ETA:  And if you don't mind older mysteries, the Perry Masons are always good for a crazy yet enjoyable courtroom scene.



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Date Posted: 8/26/2008 3:27 PM ET
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Try these authors for Courtroom dramas

  • John Lescroart
  • James Grippando
  • Phillip Margolin
  • Lisa Scottoline
  • James Sheehan
Date Posted: 9/30/2008 2:35 PM ET
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I also love courtroom dramas and thick books.  I just finished 2 by Margolin and Turlow. I'll check out these other authors.  Thanks

Date Posted: 10/17/2008 9:03 PM ET
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I recently finished The Color of Law by Mark Gimenez.  It has a fair amount of courtroom scenes while examining some of the ethical conflicts a lawyer faces.  I enjoyed the book by this relatively new author.

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Date Posted: 10/19/2008 10:29 AM ET
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I am a big fan of Robert K. Tanenbaum's series featuring Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi.  The books have some thriller-type action, but there are a lot of courtroom scenes, especially in the earlier books where all the main characters work at the DA's office.  The series starts with No Lesser Plea and is up the the 20th book so far.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 10:38 AM ET
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I was going to order Anatomy of a Murder but it was one of those "shelves" that didn't seem to respond so I cancelled it.  When I get some other things reads, I still think I'd like to try it. 

I wouldn't mind reading a Perry Mason again sometime.  I think the earlier ones are supposed to be best, aren't they?

(I am getting too many things piled up though and I'm trying to get some of them out of here.)

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 4:54 PM ET
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I don't know if you are still looking but I have some courtroom dramas,  about 4 or 5 of Grisham's books, then there is LInda Fairstein with

Alex Cooper,  she is a prosecutor, there are courtroom scenes in there. I found these other two:  Mortion to Surppress by Perri

O'Shaughnessy and Proof of Innocence by Morton Reed. I am sure there on more on my bookshelf, just can't think of them now. Check it

out!!!!  I am doing a 3 for 1 on paperbacks till October 31...

And in the meantime if I find others will post/PM you.

Jeanne

 

 

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 5:25 PM ET
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I don't tend to read the courtroom drama genre much, but I do like Kate Wilhelm's series featuring attorney Barbara Holloway. I think the first one was Death Qualified.  IIRC that book has a strong SF element that wasn't continued in the later ones.

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 8:15 PM ET
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Are the Perry Mason books "cozy"?

You know, for a good movie courtroom drama "Witness for the Prosecution". Only DON'T research it at all if you haven't seen it, go in totally blind so you will enjoy the finale. It stars Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, and Charles Laughton.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 12:21 PM ET
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Rumpole, of course.

Leon Uris, QBVII, is not a mystery, but it has wonderful British courtroom scenes. It's about an author who is sued for libel when he identifies a doctor as a nazi surgeeon in the deathcamps (experimenting, sterilizing) Jews. gripping. Pretty good movie.

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 9:20 PM ET
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I like John Grisham, Rumpole and Perry mason.



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 11/1/2008 4:10 PM ET
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I do like Kate Wilhelm's series featuring attorney Barbara Holloway. I think the first one was Death Qualified.  IIRC that book has a strong SF element that wasn't continued in the later ones.

I'll have to check this out...Kate Wilhelm is an old school science fiction writer and I did not know she wrote anything else.

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 6:03 PM ET
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Bump

Date Posted: 6/30/2009 1:32 PM ET
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I second and third Linda Fairstein, Perri O'Shaughnessy, and especially Kate Wilhelm's Barbara Holloway series. Barbara's father is also an attorney and the books give a good view of what goes on behind the actual courtroom scenes in terms of strategies and investigation.

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I received a copy of Sinister Shorts by Perri O'Shaughnessy, short crime fiction stories.  It is unpostable due to what might be water damage on 3 pages. It is free with any book ordered from my list.  PM me.  Thanks.

 

 



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