Legal Thriller Books

The best legal thriller book reviews. While legal thrillers don’t always include courtroom drama, they always feature attorneys involved in either solving crimes, defending criminals or engaging in criminal activities of their own design.

The Girl in Cell 49B, a Wondrous Legal Thriller by Dorian Box

The Bottom Line: A groundbreaking, nail-biting and wondrous legal thriller. In Dorian Box’s The Hiding Girl, 12-year-old Emily Calby survived a home invasion and became an unlikely vigilante. The Girl in Cell 49B finds Emily on her 16th birthday. She’s on a bus in the Ozarks where she has been living for the past three years with her mentor, ex-gang member Lucas Jackson. Her birthday …

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Limited Damages, a Refreshing Legal Thriller by John W. Dennehy

The Bottom Line: A refreshing legal thriller packed with courtroom drama, scrappy litigation and a whodunnit that will surprise even the most perceptive readers. Limited Damages begins as nurse Gabriella Rivera looks after an injured prisoner at a state-run facility. When the prisoner asks for a moment of privacy, she obliges, only to return and find him dying with a syringe in his lap. The hospital …

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Darkness Drops Again, a Stunning Legal Thriller by Melissa E. Manning

The Bottom Line: A stunning debut legal thriller that deftly combines white-knuckled courtroom action with hard-hitting personal drama. Attorney Maeve Shaw has a beautiful family and a thriving law career. But when she’s forced to represent a mother accused of killing her opioid-addicted daughter, her entire life teeters on the edge of disaster. Maeve has never practiced criminal law. That doesn’t matter to her boss, …

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Express Intent, a Mesmerizing Legal Thriller by Karen S. Gordon

The Bottom line: Fast-paced, evocative and urgent from the get-go, Express Intent is the best Gold & Courage series book yet. Inexplicable mysteries are afoot in West Texas. Just after midnight, a breach at a military research and development lab leaves a security guard dead, his finger amputated to get past the biometric security pad. The power has been cut, and a multi-million dollar prototype …

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American Strangler Book Review

The American Strangler, One of the Year’s Best Thrillers

The Bottom Line: This nervy, disturbing, gut-punch of a vigilante novel is unlike anything you’ve ever read. It’s also one of the year’s best thrillers. With few exceptions, the legal thriller genre exists to elevate fictional heroes of the justice system – attorneys, judges and others who go beyond the call of duty to ensure fairness in an otherwise unfair world. In his novel The …

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A Killer’s Wife, a Compelling Legal Thriller by Victor Methos

The Bottom Line: A compelling legal thriller that will have you turning the pages well into the night. Victor Methos, author of An Invisible Client (one of our picks for the Best Legal Thriller Books of the Century So Far), is back with a bone-rattling read just in time for summer. A Killer’s Wife is the story of prosecutor Jessica Yardley, who has rebuilt her career …

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Cheater’s Game, a First-Rate Legal Thriller by Paul Levine

The Bottom Line: A razor-sharp, rollicking legal thriller that deftly transforms the college admissions scandal into a hugely entertaining crime story. As Cheater’s Game opens, 20-year-old Kip Lassiter races his Tesla X through the Florida Everglades with twenty-five thousand dollars in cash hidden under the back seat. Soon, a Maserati pulls up alongside him, and two masked goons threaten Kip by name before forcing the Tesla into a canal. …

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Payback, a Highly Entertaining Murder Mystery by Ronald S. Barak

The Bottom Line: A deftly-plotted, highly entertaining island murder mystery that is sure to broaden author Ronald S. Barak’s burgeoning fan base. Eloise Brooks, the wife of retired Superior Court Judge Cyrus Brooks, surprises her husband with an island adventure to celebrate their 55th anniversary. Her intentions, however, are far from romantic. In Cyrus Brooks’ quest for justice, he often finds himself in life-threatening situations, …

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The Mutiny Girl, a Mesmerizing Crime Thriller by Karen S. Gordon

The Bottom Line: A mesmerizing, vivid crime thriller about family loyalty, greed and betrayal. Struggling attorney Vance Courage is deep in debt, lives in a crappy Miami apartment and drives a Nissan Cube. The transition from his former life as an ex-cop to the legal profession has hardly been a smooth one. As if this mid-life crisis wasn’t depressing enough, Vance is also navigating the …

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Killer Deal Legal Thriller

Killer Deal, a Ripped-from-the-Headlines Legal Thriller by Karen S. Gordon

The Bottom Line: A ripped-from-the-headlines legal thriller that John Grisham fans will love. Conspiracy theories about the untimely death of a Supreme Court justice draw attention to the West Texas dude ranch where he died. When attorney Vance Courage and his business partner Lauren Gold purchase the ranch to launder a large sum of dirty money, they soon discover that the rumors may be warranted. …

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