Monday, October 12, 2009

Read-alike Guides - The Runaway Jury

If you liked The Runaway Jury by John Grisham, you might enjoy one of these books:

Absolute Power by David Baldacci
When a wealthy campaign contributor's wife is found murdered, the President of the United States promises to help find the killer—until he is linked to the crime by a cat burglar. Although the reader knows the identity of the guilty party, multiple plots and the mystery of how things will play out create page-turning suspense.

A Certain Justice by John Lescroart
Kevin Shea is an ordinary man who, through no fault of his own, is hounded, hunted, and almost destroyed for a crime he did not commit. Four major homicides create one political and legal nightmare for San Francisco as race relations spiral out of control in the city. This novel about justice and injustice is a shockingly realistic, thoughtful, and exciting thriller.

Dead Even by Brad Meltzer
Husband and wife lawyers Sara and Jared face each other in court, forced into the situation by blackmail and politics. Both have been threatened: win the case or your spouse dies. Sara and Jared’s desperation to protect one another is almost palpable. Two young lawyers pitted against corrupt but powerful enemies is a recipe for exciting danger and heart-stopping suspense.

Final Jeopardy by Linda A. Fairstein
For a twist on the legal thriller, try this series featuring ADA Alex Cooper. In the first, a famous actress is murdered—though Alex may have been the intended victim. Medical details and the investigative role of the District Attorney's office are an added bonus to the legal detail and the great characterization of scrappy, unrelenting Alex.

The Jury by Steve Martini
Paul Madriani defends genetic researcher, Dr. David Crone, who is accused of murdering his assistant. As in many of Martini’s works, investigation plays an important role—actual courtroom drama often takes second place. Readers are sure to become attached to the sympathetic characters of Madriani and his colleagues, underdog lawyers fighting for justice.

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Operating out of his Lincoln Town Car (hence the moniker “Lincoln Lawyer”), Mickey Haller discovers that there is “no client as scary as an innocent man,” as his late father said. Connelly has written a heart-stopping thriller and an intricate, cynical look into the criminal justice system with a world-weary, funny, and likeable protagonist.

Mistaken Identity by Lisa Scottoline
Smart-mouthed attorney Beenie Rosato represents a woman accused of killing a cop in this tale of personal issues and legal corruption. Like Grisham, Scottoline employs sympathetic characters, unexpected twists, and fast pacing, though with a good deal more humor and sarcasm.

New York Dead by Stuart Woods
Detective Stone Barrington hunts for the murderer of a New York newscaster, who fell—or jumped—from her apartment, survived the fall, and disappeared when the ambulance transporting her was hit by a fire truck. While there is suspense, action, and plot twists aplenty, there is more sex and violence than one finds in Grisham.

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
Rusty Sabich is a prosecuting attorney investigating the murder of Carolyn Polhemus, his former lover and a prominent member of his boss's staff. Attempting to cover up his affair with Carolyn to spare his wife, Rusty finds himself accused of the crime. Written at a slower pace than Grisham’s work, this novel is still a compelling, believable novel, told in the first-person by the accused lawyer.

Wild Justice by Phillip Margolin
A serial killer is torturing and murdering people seemingly at random, and there are two prime suspects—a prominent surgeon and his estranged wife. Amanda Jaffe, an inexperienced young attorney, has to figure out which of her clients may be a killer in this clever page-turner. Much more gruesome and grisly than the average legal thriller, this is not for the faint-hearted.

Also by John Grisham:

Ford County: Stories
Grisham writes more than legal thrillers. In his most recent work, he returns to Ford County, Mississippi—the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill—in a surprising collection of seven short stories. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters, these stories bring Ford County to life. Hilarious, moving, and entertaining, this collection offers an interesting change of pace for fans of Grisham’s suspense novels.

A Painted House
There are no lawyers here! In this coming-of-age story, 7-year-old Luke lives in the cotton fields with his parents and grandparents in a little house that's never been painted. Inspired by his own childhood in rural Arkansas, Grisham follows one boy's difficult journey from innocence to experience with descriptive prose.

Playing for Pizza
Cut from the Cleveland Browns after the worst performance in the history of the NFL, Rick Dockery, desperate to play football, is hired by the Panthers of Parma, Italy. He finds himself confronted by the confusing diversity of Italian culture, language, and romance. Grisham’s detailed descriptions of Italy and its culture speak of a true love for the country in this whimsical, charming novel.

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