Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Legal Books

A Game of Proof: A Mother's Fight to Defend her Son, a gripping and enthralling legal thriller (The Trials of Sarah Newby series Book 1)

A mother's worst nightmare - can her son be guilty of murder?Sarah Newby, who left school at 15, and was living as a teenage single parent on an inner-city estate, has worked her way up to begin a career as a criminal barrister. But what should she do when her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders? Has Sarah, in her single-minded determination to create a career for herself, neglected her son so much that she no longer knows him? He has often lied to her in the past, so how can she trust him when he says he is innocent this time? When she herself finds evidence of his guilt, how can she defend him? 'A top class British legal thriller which puts the author up there with his American counterparts, John Grisham, Scott Turow and Michael Connolly.' Tim Kevan, barrister.'A brilliant British crime thriller that you really should read. Sarah Burns, Kindle Book Review. 'One of the ABSOLUTE BEST legal mystery books I've ever read.' Amazon reader review.'A gripping and compelling rip-roaring roller-coaster of a read unerringly focused on courtroom drama as a whole truth game.' D Elliott TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICEWinner of the B.R.A.G Medallion of Excellence, 2016.

The Contract Lawyer (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thriller Series Book 14)

He went into the jungle to find his family. He came back out to find himself...Thaddeus Murfee is an attorney in San Diego whose nephew is kidnapped to South America. The traffickers just didn't know all the rules, but he did. This is Thaddeus at his best, pulled away from his normal life and cast into a cruel world where the cartels run rife and anything goes. This time, they rang the wrong doorbell, took the wrong kid, and ran in the wrong direction. Because this seasoned lawyer will stop at nothing to bring back his sister's son. And in the end, there will be a trial, inside a California courtroom, where justice is sought and crimes are punished. But will they even be there? Or will they no longer walk the earth, buried in a South American jungle where no one cares?Join million-seller John Ellsworth on a train wreck of a ride through South American jungles and back streets while your hero, Thaddeus Murfee, does his thing. Get it now!John Ellsworth is a Goodreads writer with over 60,000 ratings and a USA Today Bestseller and a Kindle All-Star. "The Best Legal Fiction." - American Institute of Justice"WE ARE INSPIRED BY THIS WRITER AND HOW HE IS DELIGHTING READERS"--AMAZON PRESS RELEASE 10/15/18More than 3m copies downloaded and 1000s of five-star reviews. Available in digital, print, and audiobook.What Amazon readers are saying:★★★★★ 'Once I started reading, I didn't want to put it down!'★★★★★ 'Recommend to anyone who likes legal thrillers.'★★★★★ 'Once again, I love the way the author keeps you on your toes on who is going to be involved in the next crime.'★★★★★ 'So far, this series is a must-read. John Ellsworth is a new author to me, and I will continue to read what he writes.'★★★★★ 'John Ellsworth has done a great job creating a character who is in the same category as John Grisham, And the other great writers, my new favorite.'★★★★★ 'Of course, I enjoy all of his books, but this one was exceptional!'★★★★★ 'Remarkable book!'★★★★★ 'John Ellsworth doesn’t fool around.'★★★★★ 'Simply awesome.'★★★★★ 'This is another unputdownable book by Mr. Ellsworth.

HOSTILE WITNESS: A Josie Bates Thriller (The Witness Series Book 1)

When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both."This story was inspired by a case my husband handled. As a superior court judge he had to sentence a minor to life in prison. It made me wonder how I felt about minors arrested for violent crimes. Are they most vulnerable among us - capable or horrible violence, perceived as adults and yet emotionally still children?" Rebecca Forster "An enthralling read, with colorful, well-developed characters and the unique atmosphere of the California beach communities." Nancy Taylor Rosenberg"Blending complex psychological character portraits with spot-on accurage courtroom drmaa, Forster's riveting legal thriller keeps the plot twists coming until the last, satisfying page." - Alafair Burke

The Sasha McCandless Series: Volume 1 (Books 1-3) (The Sasha McCandless Box Set Series)

Now available in one volume, the first three fast-paced, suspense-packed legal thrillers in the Sasha McCandless series by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Melissa F. Miller!Irreparable Harm (Book 1)After eight long years, Sasha McCandless is about to make partner at a prestigious law firm. When a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard, Sasha gears up to defend the inevitable civil lawsuits. She soon realizes the crash was no accident: a developer has created an application that can control a commercial plane's onboard computer from a smartphone. Sasha joins forces with a federal air marshal, and they race to prevent another airline disaster. But when people close to the matter start turning up dead, Sasha must rely on both her legal skills and her Krav Maga training to stop the madman before he kills her.Inadvertent Disclosure (Book 2)Six months after an airplane crash altered the course of Sasha's professional and personal life, she's focused on building her solo law practice and tending her budding relationship with federal air marshal Leo Connelly, who helped her stop a madman. When she drives from Pittsburgh to rural Clear Brook County to argue a discovery motion, she finds a town bitterly divided over the issue of hydrofracking the Marcellus Shale. Outsiders from the oil and gas industry and environmental activists threaten to rip apart the community's fabric. Then the town's only judge is murdered, and Sasha can't just walk away. As she works to find the killer, she must race to save the town before it fractures beyond repair.Irretrievably Broken (Book 3)The venerable law firm of Prescott & Talbott is reeling from the murder of partner Ellen Mortenson -- purportedly at the hands of her estranged husband -- when a photograph of the dead woman arrives, her face Xed out and "ONE DOWN" scrawled across the bottom. Within days, a second partner is murdered, her husband also accused. Sasha doesn't practice criminal defense, so she's suspicious when her former firm asks her to represent Ellen's husband. Owing Prescott a favor, she takes the case and soon finds herself representing not one, but both, of the so-called Lady Lawyer Killers. The long hours jeopardize her relationship with Leo Connelly when he needs her most. That's the least of Sasha's troubles, though, because what she doesn't know is that the real killer is waging a vendetta for a past case gone wrong. And there's one more lawyer on his list.

Pursuit of Justice: A Legal Thriller (Sam Spencer Legal Thriller Series Book 1)

A crazed killer. A stubborn lawyer. And a deadly race against time.When news of The Golden Lake Killer rise, the police quickly claim they caught their suspect. Refusing to pay mind to it, Sam is met with a surprise once a man is begging her to defend his brother; the man believed to be the culprit.The proof against him is staggering, yet Sam refuses to give up. And as the evidence against him heightens, Sam has no other choice but to take the law in her hands…Pursuit of Justice is Freya's 1st novel in the Sam Spencer series of blood-pumping legal thrillers. If you are an avid fan of strong female leads, action-packed courtroom drama, riveting characters and mind-blowing murder mystery, then you'll love Freya's intriguing story.Buy "Pursuit of Justice" today to discover Freya's new intriguing crime mystery!

Grain of Truth (Innocence Unit Book 1)

They have the power to overturn wrongful convictions... and a target on their backs.Elke Lawrence welcomes the long hours and relocation her “promotion” requires. She hopes leading the new Conviction Review Unit, an experimental investigation team, means leaving her wrecked marriage and troubled past behind.Their first case challenges that notion.Twenty-five years ago, someone sat Dr. Abeer Mukherjee and his wife Tempest on their couch and shot them in the head, execution style. Their eighteen-year-old daughter and her boyfriend were sentenced to life in prison. They insist they are innocent. The evidence suggests they’re telling the truth. But as Elke and her team delve deeper into the case, it becomes clear there are those determined to keep the truth buried... even if that means burying the team with it. Is this all somehow tied to her murky past? Will the CRU's first case be its last?

The Loss Prevention Officer

Have you ever been shopping and felt like somebody was following you, and observing your every move? Have you ever noticed the camera domes scattered along the ceilings of your favorite department store, and wonder who might be operating them, and whether they might be staring at you? Have you ever felt strange getting undressed in a fitting room, and wonder whether someone might be watching you? Those feelings may be telling you something. They may be telling you that you are being watched by a loss prevention officer.THE LOSS PREVENTION OFFICER is a thriller that tells the story of Crane Jefferson, a third-year law student at the University of Miami, who takes a job in the loss prevention department at Taylor’s department store. Through the eyes of Crane, the underground loss prevention world involved in catching shoplifters is explored, a shadow world of violence and perversion that the retail establishment does not want you to know about. Crane enjoys working in his position, until things go horribly wrong when an innocent man is nearly beaten to death. His position then comes back to haunt him as a storm of vengeance develops, threatening to destroy him and everyone else in its deadly path.

Every Reasonable Doubt (Vernetta Henderson Series Book 1)

When attorneys Vernetta Henderson and Neddy McClain are tapped to take on the biggest case of their careers, they are less than thrilled about working together. Their strained relationship, however, is the least of their problems. Their socialite client—charged with the brutal murder of her husband—is demanding an immediate dismissal of the case. But a ruthless prosecutor is determined to make sure that doesn't happen. Forced to fight a common enemy, the two women close ranks and, in the process, develop a bond that sees them through the uncertainties of trial, the pain of betrayal and pressures neither could have imagined.

Critical Vulnerability (An Aroostine Higgins Novel Book 1)

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aroostine Higgins’ most critical vulnerability is exposed in this smart, gripping thriller from a USA Today bestseller.Aroostine’s gearing up to prosecute a major bribery trial … one that could make or break her career in the Department of Justice’s elite Criminal Division. But everything’s going wrong.By the time Aroostine realizes her string of bad luck is anything but random, the stakes are far higher than the outcome of a high-profile court case. The life of the only man she’s ever loved hangs in the balance.Now, it’s personal.

The Judge: this is Part 1 of two books you will need to buy both to finish the story - both books are on offer

Peter Ritchie is just an ordinary solicitor, with an ordinary (if slightly shambolic) life, until the day his client, a male prostitute called Bobby Black dies suddenly when a kinky trick goes wrong. Bobby has been brutally murdered, and someone had tried to cover it up. But who, and why? Peter cannot rest until he knows the truth. And so begins a rollercoaster ride for him and his on-off girlfriend Naomi, that will see him pitted against some powerful enemies, and everyone he ever knew or cared for in mortal danger.Set in 1990’s London at the peak of Blair Brittania, Peter is forced to turn detective in order to find Bobby Black’s killer, and he has to break all the rules to do it. Forced to go on the run, a desperate Peter plays a terrifying game of cat and mouse to the bitter and surprising end.

The Incident: a Novella

When Tom Slater and his eight-year-old son walk to their car after seeing a New Jersey Devils hockey game, they are accosted by two loudmouths who were sitting near them during the game. They try to rob Slater, but he fights back, inadvertently killing one of the attackers. Slater is subsequently arrested and charged with manslaughter. Enter Sidney Diamond, the flashy female attorney who maintains that the only way for Slater to save himself from being convicted is for young Nolan to testify, he being the only eyewitness as to what really happened. Slater and his wife will have nothing of it. See what happens as Slater tries to protect his son from reliving this traumatic experience, while also trying to avoid a multi-year prison sentence.

Everything to Lose: Part One, Chapters 1a??5

Part 1 of the heart-pounding new thriller from the co-author of five No. 1 James Patterson bestsellers including Judge and Jury and Lifeguard, and the Sunday Times bestsellers The Blue Zone and Reckless.WHEN YOU HAVE EVERYTHING TO LOSEYOU STOP PLAYING BY THE RULESHilary Cantor’s life is falling apart. She has lost her job, is about to lose her house, and is running out of money to care for her young son with Asperger’s syndrome.But when Hilary is first on the scene of a fatal car accident, she finds a satchel full of cash on the backseat – enough to solve all of her problems. Her split-second decision has devastating consequences…Because the money she takes is at the heart of a conspiracy involving murder, blackmail and a powerful figure who’ll do anything to keep the past buried. They don’t just want their money back: they want Hilary’s life – and that of her son…

Guilt by Association

Jayson Cook is reaping the rewards of a flourishing law practice in Boston. However, his comfortable life is turned upside down after he agrees to represent Brian Stone, a white supremacist charged with planting a bomb that destroyed an inner city church, killing a twelve-year-old black girl.Jayson believes an ethical lawyer provides his client with a vigorous defense no matter the crime, and Brian Stone is no exception. His efforts to free Stone garner strong opposition not only from a highly successful prosecutor and the local black community, but even from his own wife. Adding to his problems, a young, seductive woman from his past returns to capitalize on an error in judgment he made years before; an error if made public, could cost him his license to practice law and his family.

Licensed to Thrill: A Diane Capri Mystery Thriller Sampler

LONG SAMPLES!!USA Today Bestselling Author DIANE CAPRI Presents Licensed to Thrill!So many books, so little time, right? Which ones will you love?Open this collection of hefty samples and enjoy great characters, mystery, suspense, thrills, a few laughs, and loads of atmosphere that will have you Thrilled to read more!“Full of thrills and tension – but smart and human too.”Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher ThrillersDear Friends,It might be better if I didn’t confess this right up front. But I thought you should know....WARNING: Licensed to Thrill is a nefarious plot.How so? We want to entice you to read more of my books the way chocolatiers ply me with irresistible morsels and wineries waft swoon-worthy samples under my nose. Like the famous potato chips, we hope you won’t be able to stop after reading this collection of special gems not gathered anywhere else.Fiendishly clever, isn’t it? Exactly.We need to give you enough to whet your appetite and draw you in, but not so much that you’ll no longer be hungry for more. A fine line. Tricky. Challenging. Fun!Here’s what we selected for your reading pleasure in Licensed to Thrill: A Diane Capri SamplerFatal Enemy, featuring the new heroine I really love—Jess Kimball. A fiery woman, driven by her own past to fight for crime victims the justice system failed. Jess reminds me of Jack Reacher, only female, smaller, and nicer. Jess is alone in the world wherever she goes. But unlike Reacher, Jess's mission is one only she believes in and only she can complete. In Jess’s shoes, could you do what she’s done? I wonder....Jess Kimball’s story continues in the sample of Fatal Distraction, which opened as the Amazon #3 Bestselling Legal Thriller, behind John Grisham. What a thrill that was for me. (Why? Hang on — I’m getting to that.)Behind the Book scoop on my friendship with #1 worldwide publishing phenomenon Lee Child who calls my work, "Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too." Lee gave the Hunt for Reacher series an enthusiastic two thumbs up: “Kim Otto is a great, great character. I love her!”Don’t Know Jack garnered #1 Amazon Bestseller spots on the Mystery, Hard-boiled Mystery, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths, and Legal Thriller lists both in the U.S. and U.K. The sample here should whet your appetite to find out what happens when two F.B.I. agents are tasked with the mysterious and confounding task of hunting Jack Reacher.What does law have to do with justice? We lawyers are an odd bunch and the law is a very strange mixture of the best and the worst of times for heroes and villains alike in my Justice Series of witty legal suspense mysteries. All six of these are set in Florida, so if it’s a bit cold where you are right now, take a little trip with me to the Sunshine State where things are a whole lot warmer. Readers and reviewers alike love this series, but when the mystery reviewers at Romantic Times awarded Wasted Justice their coveted "Top Pick" -- well, all I can say is what a rush!Licensed to Thrill also includes an excerpt from Lee Child’s Reacher Report sharing his views on Don’t Know Jack; a humorous piece titled “Diane Capri Reveals Lee Child (not Jack Reacher?)”; and finally—remember what I said earlier about John Grisham? What? I'm out of space? Yikes! Well, you’ll just have to see for yourself! Grab your copy now and start reading today! Enjoy!Diane CapriMore Raves!“Expertise shines on every page.”Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award Winning MWA Past PresidentReaders love Jess Kimball!“Thrilling read! Makes you sit up and take notice. She knows how to keep readers reading. Capri has a way with words that's both captivating and compelling.” C.B. “Great stuff!” N. “I was caught at the get go and sailed right through, holding my breath at the end.” M.P.Grab your copy now!

Wrongful Death: The AIDS Trial

If you like courtroom drama in the style of John Grisham, you’ll want to read this book. If you ever knew someone with AIDS or HIV, you need to read this book. If you still believe the government and the FDA are protecting you against deadly diseases and dangerous drugs, you must read this book! "WRONGFUL DEATH: The AIDS Trial" is a work of fiction based on fact: the true story behind the government lies and incompetence, gross medical malpractice, and unbridled greed by a drug company that caused our American AIDS epidemic and cost 300,000 lives in just ten years.Follow along with attorney Benjamin Messick and health reporter Sarah Meadows in this class-action lawsuit as they expose the man who claims to have discovered the cause of AIDS, Dr. Robert Gallo. Dr. Gallo announced to the world at a press conference on April 23, 1984 that a virus later to be called HIV was the culprit. Unfortunately, Dr. Gallo’s peers were never given the chance to prove his theories, and still can’t to this day. In the last twenty years, Dr. Gallo has been exposed as nothing more than a common criminal, a thief, and a liar. He finally admitted he had stolen the AIDS virus from a French researcher. He also stole another virus from the Japanese. He lied on his patent application for the HIV blood test. A congressional investigation found Dr. Gallo guilty of “intellectual recklessness of a high degree,” and the Office of Research Integrity of the Department of Health and Human Services found Dr. Gallo guilty of scientific misconduct and called some of Dr. Gallo's key AIDS research, “of dubious scientific merit” and “really crazy.” As one German scientist put it, Dr. Gallo is “an American scientific gangster who has committed so many crass, self-aggrandizing blunders…that he could not really be relied upon to tell the time correctly.”Attorney Messick questions a number of witnesses who all agree with 2700 of the world’s leading doctors and medical researchers today, including Nobel Prize winners in chemistry and medicine and members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, that HIV cannot cause AIDS. At the end of the book you'll find out what actually DOES cause AIDS.The testimony in this court case finally discloses that in the decade from 1987 to 1997, three-hundred-thousand Americans (mostly homosexual men) died NOT from some horrible disease they caught from a virus, but as a result of taking the very drug they were told would cure them. Urged on by their doctors, parents, families and loved-ones, these HIV-positives took AZT, a drug originally designed and created in 1964 to kill cancer cells, but never approved because it was found to be far too toxic to a human body.Read the testimony of witness after witness - all based on over 900 actual medical and scientific research papers and reports - that when the FDA finally approved AZT for the treatment of AIDS in 1987, it began causing Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; and every person who took it - healthy or not at the time - would die within three years from one of many different opportunistic diseases. Be prepared for the anger and outrage you will feel when you realize that hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children are still being murdered today in Africa with AZT, simply because they have been declared to be HIV-positive, while the drug company rakes in billions of dollars in profits.The question remains: After 30 years and 300 billion dollars, why don't we have a cure or a vaccine for AIDS? The witnesses in this court case provide the only answer that makes any sense: We have the wrong cause."I enjoyed the book. It read like a cross between a John Grisham legal thriller and an informative scientific treatise on AIDS."- D.D. Steele, attorney "Congratulations Mr. Davis, you actually pulled it off and created a legitimate page-turner from the debacle of HIV/AIDS."- Harvey Bialy, author