Legal Thrillers: April 15 Meeting of SE-RART in Quincy

cover imageAs a fan of Agatha Christie, I think lawyers work as protagonists in thrillers for the same reason it’s so much fun to read a mystery with Hercule Poirot on the case. Like Poirot, lawyers understand motives, and a well-drawn lawyer in a work of fiction doesn’t just guide the reader through the story. That fictional lawyer stays with the reader long after the story is finished and shapes the way readers think about things outside the story. Abe is a smart lawyer, but he faces problems we all face—family problems, eroding trust in relationships, and more. Watching him make mistakes—and he makes some big ones— makes for compelling reading, because we know he’s on the right side… or is he?” — James Grippando in an interview about his new book Cane and Abe on The Big Thrill

The next meeting of the Southeastern Mass. Reader’s Advisory Roundtable (SE-RART) will be held at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy on Wednesday, April 15, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

The benchmark title for the April meeting is The Firm by John Grisham and participants are asked to read a second title in the mystery subgenre of Legal Thrillers. Please try to pick a legal thriller for your second title, although sometimes they may not turn out to be one! Please be prepared to talk briefly about it and write it up afterwards in terms of reader’s advisory appeal factors. (We’re trying for information that will help us decide why the book might appeal to different readers, rather than plot summaries. It’s hard to find a good balance in a short book talk!)

Participants are also asked to read a few short reader’s advisory related readings, which are sent out by email. One of the online readings will be:
The Reader’s Advisor Online: Order in the Court! Legal Thrillers

And for the really dedicated, check out this scholarly take the subject of legal thrillers (optional reading):
Collins to Grisham: A Brief History of the Legal Thriller

Here are some ideas for your second titles. For series, the pictured title is the first in the series:

  PrimaryJusticeBernhardt, William
Ben Kincaid series


GuiltbyAssociationClark, Marcia
Rachel Knight (Los Angeles D.A.)


trialsDarden, Christopher and Lochte, Dick
Nikki Hill series


HiddenManEllis, David
Jason Kolarich series


FinalJeopardyFairstein, Linda
Alexandra Cooper (sex-crimes prosecutor) series


BeyondJusticeGraham, Joshua
Beyond Justice (Christian faith-based legal thriller)


CaneandAbeGrippando, James
Cane and Abe (Miami prosecutor)


LawofAttractionLeotta, Allison
Anna Curtis series


DeadIrishLescroart, John T.
Dismas Hardy (ex-cop lawyer) and Abe Glitzky (SFPD) series


CompellingEvidenceMartini, Steve
Paul Madriani (California defense attorney)



Patterson, Richard North
Christopher Paget series


EverywhereThatMaryWentScottoline, Lisa
Rosato and Associates series



Turow, Scott
Kindle County series


CrimeofPrivilegeWalker, Walter
Crime of Privilege (stand-alone, Defending Jacob readalike)

Feel free to jump in at any point along the way, as we head full-speed towards the end of our first year of a mystery genre study. We’ll need to decide whether to stick with mysteries for another year or start a new genre!

Please remember to register on the MLS Workshop Registration calendar here so you will receive the reminder email before the meeting!


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