Crime Fiction > Courtroom Drama

    A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake's fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

Year: 2020
Genre: Courtroom DramaWhats New

    Innocent by Scott Turow

More than twenty years after Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto went head-to-head in the shattering murder trial in Presumed Innocent, the men are pitted against each other once again in a riveting psychological match. Now over sixty years old and the chief judge of an appellate court, Sabich has found his wife, Barbara, dead under mysterious circumstances. Molto accuses him of murder for the second time, setting into motion a trial that is vintage Turow-the courtroom at its most taut and explosive.

Year: 2010
Genre: Courtroom Drama

    Limitations by Scott Turow

Life would seem to have gone well for George Mason. At fifty-nine, he has sat as a judge on the Court of Appeals in Kindle County for nearly a decade. Yet, when a disturbing rape case is brought before him, the judge begins to question the very nature of the law and his role within it. What is troubling George Mason so deeply? And what is it about this horrific case of sexual assault, now on trial in his courtroom, that has led him to question his fitness to judge?

Year: 2006
Genre: Courtroom Drama

    Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Hailed as the most suspenseful and compelling novel in decades, Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes. It's the stunning portrayal of one man's all-too-human, all-consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman who is not his wife, and the story of how his obsession puts everything he loves and values on trial--including his own life. It's a book that lays bare a shocking world of betrayal and murder,

Year: 1987
Genre: Courtroom DramaLegal Thriller

    Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

Year: 2013
Genre: 1980sCourtroom Drama

    The Case of the Lazy Lover by Erle Stanley Gardner

Defense lawyer Perry Mason is surprised to receive two checks from a stranger named Lola Allred. And when he speaks with Lola's husband, he discovers the woman has run off with her daughter's boyfriend--who happens to be an important witness in a lawsuit. Soon Mason's caught up in a complicated case involving not only a missing witness but forgery and murder as well . . .

Year: 1947
Genre: Courtroom DramaDetective

    The King of Torts by John Grisham

As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life--that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts.

Year: 2003
Genre: ConspiracyCourtroom Drama

    The Last Trial by Scott Turow

At eighty-five years old, Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life's work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial.

Year: 2020
Genre: Courtroom DramaLegal ThrillerWhats New

    The Partner by John Grisham

Once he was a well-liked, well-paid young partner in a thriving Mississippi law firm. Then Patrick Lanigan stole ninety million dollars from his own firm--and ran for his life. For four years, he evaded men who were rich and powerful, and who would stop at nothing to find him. Then, inevitably, on the edge of the Brazilian jungle, they finally tracked him down.

Year: 1997
Genre: Courtroom DramaLegal Thriller

    The Rainmaker by John Grisham

Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a job or a prayer--except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it. A case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill, and outright violence--a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life, or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land.

Year: 1995
Genre: Courtroom DramaLegal Thriller

    The Reckoning by John Grisham

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi's favorite son--a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime. Pete's only statement about it--to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family--was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.

Year: 2018
Genre: 1940sCourtroom DramaSouthern GothicWorld War II

    The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

They are at the center of a multimillion-dollar legal hurricane: twelve men and women who have been investigated, watched, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers and consultants who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict. Now the jury must make a decision in the most explosive civil trial of the century, a precedent-setting lawsuit against a giant tobacco company. But only a handful of people know the truth: that this jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him.

Year: 1996
Genre: CorruptionCourtroom Drama

 

TitleAuthorSeriesGenres & Tags

A Time for Mercy John Grisham Jake BriganceCourtroom DramaWhats New
Innocent Scott Turow Kindle CountyCourtroom Drama
Limitations Scott Turow Kindle CountyCourtroom Drama
Presumed Innocent Scott Turow Kindle CountyCourtroom DramaLegal Thriller
Sycamore Row John Grisham Jake Brigance1980sCourtroom Drama
The Case of the Lazy Lover Erle Stanley Gardner Perry MasonCourtroom DramaDetective
The King of Torts John Grisham ConspiracyCourtroom Drama
The Last Trial Scott Turow Kindle CountyCourtroom DramaLegal ThrillerWhats New
The Partner John Grisham Courtroom DramaLegal Thriller
The Rainmaker John Grisham Courtroom DramaLegal Thriller
The Reckoning John Grisham 1940sCourtroom DramaSouthern GothicWorld War II
The Runaway Jury John Grisham CorruptionCourtroom Drama