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Best Legal Thriller Books to Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Legal Thriller books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Burden of Truth (Cass Leary Legal Thriller Series) (2018)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadTo defend her client, she must dig up a town’s darkest secrets. Defense attorney Cass Leary thought she’d escaped her hometown for good. But after leaving her high-paying job in Chicago, she decides to revisit her troubled past. When someone murders the beloved high school basketball coach and Cass steps in to defend the girl accused of the crime, she doesn’t expect the death threats that follow…Confronting the town that shunned her as a child, she unearths secrets that some would kill to keep buried. And after her client confesses to the crime, Cass detects a widespread cover-up. If she doesn’t…
Author(s): Robin James

2. The Professor (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers) (2015)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadLaw professor Thomas Jackson McMurtrie literally wrote the book on evidence in the state of Alabama. But when a power-hungry colleague uses a recent run-in between McMurtrie and headstrong student Rick Drake to end his career, he is left unsure what to do next.Meanwhile, a devastating trucking accident in Henshaw, Alabama, leaves a young family dead. Drake, now a fledgling lawyer, takes the case against the freight carrier and soon begins to uncover the truth behind the tragedy that is buried in a tangled web of arson, bribery, and greed. On the eve of the trial and with his…
Author(s): Robert Bailey

3. A Criminal Defense (Philadelphia Legal) (2017)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadWhen a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, was Mick’s close friend in law school, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death.Mick’s played both sides of Philadelphia’s courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he’ll need every one of them to win.But as the trial progresses, he’s disturbed by…
Author(s): Myers, Jr., William L.

4. The Final Reckoning (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers) (2019)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadCold-blooded killer JimBone Wheeler blames Tom McMurtrie for putting him on death row. He once vowed that he’d bring “a reckoning” on Tom and everyone the southern lawyer holds dear. When Wheeler escapes from prison, he aims to fulfill his promise. Victim by victim, he’s getting closer to his ultimate target. But for Tom, who’s dying of cancer, the role of savior and protector is a struggle that is becoming more desperate by the hour.As the body count mounts, Tom, his partner, Rick Drake, and his best friend, Bocephus Haynes, brace for a confrontation like nothing…
Author(s): Robert Bailey

5. The Unbidden Truth (A Barbara Holloway Novel) (2005)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadThe Unbidden Truth by Kate Wilhelm released on Sep 27, 2005 is available now for purchase….
Author(s): Kate Wilhelm

6. The Last Trial (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers) (2018)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadMcMurtrie’s old nemesis, Jack Willistone, is found dead on the banks of the Black Warrior River. Willistone had his share of enemies, but all evidence points to a forgotten, broken woman as the killer. At the urging of the suspect’s desperate fourteen-year-old daughter, McMurtrie agrees to take the case.But as seasoned as McMurtrie is, even he isn’t prepared for how personal and dangerous this case is going to get. With the trial drawing near and his sharp young partner, Rick Drake, dealing with a family tragedy, he recruits his best friend, Bocephus Haynes, to help investigate.As key witnesses disappear and old…
Author(s): Robert Bailey

7. The Last Chance Lawyer (Daniel Pike Series) (2019)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadDaniel Pike would rather fight for justice than follow the rules. His unique ability to “connect the dots,” to observe what others do not, has made him the most notorious criminal lawyer in St. Petersburg. But when his courtroom career goes up in smoke, he fears his lifelong purpose is a lost cause. A mysterious job offer from a secretive boss gives him a second chance but lands him an impossible case with multiple lives at stake…To protect a young orphan from a horrifying fate, Pike must save the girl’s guardian from a charge of first-degree murder. Dan uses every trick he knows in a high-stakes…
Author(s): William Bernhardt

8. Without Precedent (2019)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadMatthew Daley is a Manhattan corporate lawyer at the top of his game. As the first defense attorney on call to get pharmaceutical companies out of trouble, Matt is rising in the judicial system exactly as he planned. Until his sister dies of a heroin overdose.Now, torn between conscience and career, the newly minted law partner faces a critical choice: defend the very companies that manufactured the addictive drugs, or give up his fiancée and his hard-won dream job to fight for justice in his sister’s name.Returning to his blue-collar hometown with a…
Author(s): J. D. Trafford

9. The Crime (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thrillers) (2019)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadHe couldn’t keep his hands off his stepdaughter. The question becomes, who shot him? The mother or the stepdaughter? Or maybe it was even the woman he was seeing? Or the husband of the woman he seduced?Thaddeus defends the mother on murder charges. The case goes to trial. Midway, the trial takes an unexpected turn and it looks as if the real killer has been exposed. Thaddeus isn’t finished with the case, however, and soon he’s back in trial yet again. The police and the District Attorney are certain they now have the killer in a death penalty case.Of…
Author(s): John Ellsworth

10. A Young Lawyer’s Story (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thrillers) (2018)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadThere is no job description and the job isn’t advertised anywhere, not even on the Job Board at Georgetown Law. But Thaddeus Murfee just graduated from law school and has $200 left from his student loan. He is so broke he has to borrow his roommate’s suit for the job interview. While he is so desperate to earn rent and food money, he fails to nail down exactly what it is he’ll be doing. They tell him a U.S. Attorney is selling government secrets.But Thaddeus Murfee likes his new boss, the U.S. Attorney. Good things happen and gifts flow his way. What’s not to like? The government lawyer even has a daughter he wants Thaddeus to…
Author(s): John Ellsworth

11. An Engineered Injustice (Philadelphia Legal) (2018)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadWhen a passenger train derails in North Philadelphia with fatal results, idealistic criminal defense attorney Vaughn Coburn takes on the most personal case of his young career. The surviving engineer is his cousin Eddy, and when Eddy asks Vaughn to defend him, he can’t help but accept. Vaughn has a debt to repay, for he and his cousin share an old secret—one that changed both their lives forever.As blame for the wreck zeros in on Eddy, Vaughn realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. Seeking the truth behind the crash, he finds himself the target of malicious attorneys, corrupt railroad men, and a mob boss whose son…
Author(s): Myers, Jr., William L.

12. Deadly Evidence (A Jessie Black Legal Thriller) (Jessie Black Legal Thrillers) (Volume 3) (2016)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadA school shooting. A city in mourning. A prosecutor out for justice. When a massacre at an elite private high school leaves seventeen dead and a city reeling with horror, Philadelphia assistant district attorney Jessica Black will stop at nothing to find justice for the victims. But doing so will require facing an adversary even more terrifying than the teenage shooter. The Internet can be as deadly as a gun. Lurking in secrecy is an evil voice known only as True_Man. True_Man haunts the Internet, befriending the lonely and the frustrated, turning adolescent emotions toward…
Author(s): Larry A. Winters

13. Between Black and White (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers) (2016)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadIn 1966 in Pulaski, Tennessee, Bocephus Haynes watched in horror as his father was brutally murdered by ten local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in his father’s name. But when Andy Walton, the man believed to have led the lynch mob forty-five years earlier, ends up murdered in the same spot as Bo’s father, Bo becomes the prime suspect.Retired law professor Tom McMurtrie, Bo’s former teacher and friend, is a year removed from returning to the…
Author(s): Robert Bailey

14. The Mental Case (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thrillers) (2014)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadThe Mental Case is a novel about law firm money and a law firm death. And about a missing child and a parent’s frantic search. Join Thaddeus Murfee, back in Chicago and around the world, in his strangest case yet—a man whose plastic character changes, comes and goes, like the proverbial will-o-the-wisp. Ansel Largent has been a founder and managing partner of a large Chicago law firm for two decades. He is respected. Ferocious in the courtroom but a winner with the jury. Happy at home with wife Libby, a stroke victim. Happy at the office with Melinda, a married woman with a special interest in him. Ansel has fathered two sons…
Author(s): John Ellsworth

15. Silenced Witness (Jessie Black Legal Thrillers) (2019)

Best Legal Thriller Books to ReadA savage killer. A silenced witness. A driven prosecutor who refuses to back down.Life is good for assistant DA Jessie Black. She just brought another murder trial to a successful conclusion. Her reputation is growing as a top prosecutor in Philadelphia. And she’s engaged to a strong, handsome man she loves. Now it’s time to step back, plan her wedding, and look forward to a bright future.But when a young man is brutally butchered in his own home, the courtroom calls to her. Especially when the police are desperate for help. Hal and Kristina…
Author(s): Larry A. Winters

Best Legal Thriller Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some legal thriller books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Legal Thriller from Gardner to Grisham: See you in Court!

Author(s): Lars Ole Sauerberg
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582400

The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller

Author(s): Grisham, John
Publisher: , Year: 2015, Size: 4 Mb, Download: azw3
ID: 2082033

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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