Legal Thrillers

These books are reviewed and rated by the HCF Bookworm.  The sole purpose of the Bookworm’s Bookstore is to generate operating funds for the nonprofit Human Cloning Foundation. 

1total garbage6above average
2really, really, bad7good
3real bad8real good
4bad9really really good
5below average10a masterpiece!

10- Disclosure by Michael Crichton

Leave it to a tall doctor who never practiced medicine to write this phenomenal New York Times best selling legal thriller.  This is a book about sexual harassment in the workplace and in a nice role reversal it’s the woman who’s at fault.  You won’t be able to put this book down.

10 The Firm by John Grisham

This is the legal thriller that rocketed John Grisham to fame and fortune and remains the best of all his legal thrillers to date.  It translated into a great movie, with the script writers actually improving upon the ending a little bit.

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow 

 A great first novel by attorney Scott Turow.  This book deserved all the aclaim that it received and is truly a phenomenal novel.  It was one of the books that set the standard and started the legal thriller genre.  You won’t be able to put it down.

9- The Street Lawyer by John Grisham 

As does much of the population, I love Grisham’s writing style.  The hero of the Street Lawyer is a very interesting protagonist but the book spent too much time getting to the good stuff, so this one slips from a ten to a nine.  Once you into it, however, you won’t be able to put this one down.

7 A Time to Kill by John Grisham

This was John Grisham’s first book and it shows.  I have seen him say in interviews many times that it’s his best book.  I don’t think Grisham is being objective.  A Time to Kill contains some unappealing violence and lacks the can’t-be-put-down quality of his later books.

6-Final Appeal by Lisa Scottoline

She’s billed as the female John Grisham but she’s not.  I found this to be an easy to put down, lowbrow, lightweight read.  There were too many domestic diversions that had little to do with the plot and didn’t help with characterization either.

9- The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

Grisham’s third book.  He writes great characters!  It’s tiny flaw is that some many people are after the protagonist there’s a loss of tension while trying to keep them all straight.

9- The Chamberby John Grisham

    A story about a legal execution, with race and prejudice thrown in.  It’s powerful and gripping.

9- The Client by John Grisham

 Grisham inserts a child as the protagonist in this novel and it works great.  It’s another compelling read and we enjoy the kid outsmarting everyone.

9- The Partner by John Grisham

This is a well written, very intelligent read.  The topic is extraordinarily interesting and the protagonist is more of a bad guy this time.

9- The Rainmakerby John Grisham

The romantic subplot keeps this from being a ten.  It’s too disjointed and doesn’t intertwine well with the interesting legal case.

9- The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

It’s unbelievable.  You wonder how he comes up with such great plots.  You can’t help but wonder if everything in this book didn’t actually happen.

9- Reckless Homicide by Ira Genberg

 The author can be very proud of his debut.  It’s a great read but for me didn’t quite reach the level of Scott Turow’s first novel, Presumed Innocent.  I certainly hope that Genberg starts cranking out legal thrillers and he’s clearly another one of the heavyweights in this genre. 

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