Legal thriller

Legal thriller

The legal thriller is a sub-genre of crime fiction in which the major characters are lawyers and 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 Bauer and Arthur Train.

A 2007 legal thriller film, "Michael Clayton", was nominated for multiple and won one Academy Award in the 80th Academy Awards ceremony.

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