Five must-read legal thrillers for the literature snobs
Is it not every literary snob’s dream to spend hours reading escapist fiction with pulse-pounding thrills?
The idea of switching identities with alluring characters from thrilling fiction is the greatest way of finding an escapade, away from the diminishing resources of entertainment. Here is a list of five must-read legal thrillers that will deploy suspense, creep and thrill, to keep you glued.
A Time to Kill, John Grisham
A Time to Kill is John Grisham’s first novel and this 1989 legal thriller became popular only after the publication of The Firm. Grisham has made the best use of the courtroom to keep the readers on their toes. This book is one of the finest legal thrillers of Grisham and has two sequel novels titled Sycamore Row and A Time for Mercy.
Darkside, Belinda Bauer
Darkside by Belinda Bauer begins is pivoted around a murder investigation undertaken by a local policeman named Jonas Holly. A lady in the locality has been found dead in her bedroom, and Holly is distracted by anonymous letters accusing him of failing at his job. The sinister notes start haunting the abrasive policeman. Bauer has skillfully narrated a grim tale by deploying morbid wit to follow an undetected serial killer at a run.
Legal Tender, Lisa Scottoline
Almost all of Lisa Scottoline’s novels are first-rate, but Legal Tender is considered to be one of her earliest and best works on legal crime. The plot begins when a murder weapon is found at Benedetta (Bennie) Rosato’s apartment after which Bennie goes underground. The novel is perceived as a riveting thriller with a subtle tone of humor with Bennie as the delightful protagonist.
Hypothermia, Arnaldur Indridason
The story begins with the description of a cold autumn night, and a woman is spotted hanging from a beam at her holiday cottage. A quick sight of the scene appears to resemble a straightforward case of suicide. However, the story gradually unveils trails of mystery, foul play, and conspiracy.
Defending Jacob, William Landay
William Landay in Defending Jacob combines a striking courtroom drama with keen psychological insights. This gripping crime novel has also been developed into a web-television miniseries by the same name, starring Michelle Dockery, Chris Evans, and Jaeden Martell as the prime characters. This mysterious spellbinding tale of betrayal and guilt of an embattled family is absolutely hair-raising.
Go ahead and get yourself a cup of tea and start with your binge-reading to satisfy your appetite for legal thrillers.