(Originally published in The Writer, September 2013)
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (1960)
None of us will ever be Atticus Finch, but we’re better for trying.
The Firm, John Grisham (1991)
A newbie with a dog named Hearsay outwits his wily bosses.
Rumpole of the Bailey series, John Mortimer (1978-2009)
Taught me everything I know about the British legal system.
Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
The epitome of the legal thriller.
Every Secret Thing, Laura Lippman (2003)
A castoff Barbie, a missing baby, and two young girls—a heart-breaking look at juvenile justice.
If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him, Sharyn McCrumb (1995)
Domestic violence is nothing new.
The Trial, Franz Kafka (1925)
Still gives me the chills.
The Indian Lawyer, James Welch (1990)
A tale of anger and revenge, beautifully told.
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