- Legal thriller
The legal thriller is a sub-genre of
crime fictionin which the major characters are lawyersand their employees. The system of justice itself is always a major part of these works, at times almost functioning as one of the characters. In this way, the legal system provides the framework for the legal thriller much as the system of modern police work does for the police procedural.
Usually, crusading lawyers become involved in proving their cases (usually their client's innocence of the crime of which he is accused, or the culpability of a corrupt corporation which has covered up its malfeasance up until this point) to such an extent that they imperil their own interpersonal relationships and frequently, their own lives.
Major authors of this genre include
John Grisham, Scott Turow, Lisa Scottoline, Sheldon Siegel, Richard North Patterson, James Grippando, Steve Martini, Bill Blum, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, Brad Meltzer, John Lescroart, Phillip Margolin, Perri O'Shaughnessy, Michael Nava, William J Coughlin, William Bernhardt, Kate Wilhelm, Linda Fairstein, William Lashner, Jeremiah Healy, Sydney Bauerand Arthur Train.
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