Category Archives: Legal Drama

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Gray Mountain

Reviewed by Allen Hott

One of the most interesting books that I have read in some time. Many of us are familiar with Grisham’s writings which mostly focus on attorneys and courtroom drama. Gray Mountain is pretty much along those lines but with twists and turns that make it even more appealing than usual.

Samantha Korver works as an attorney of a huge law firm in New York City. She is far from the top and is working hard to get there. Billing up to 70 hours per week to clients she does in fact put in more hours than that usually. However she has settled in and loves being in the big city.

The Last Juror by John Grisham

The Last Juror

Reviewed by Allen Hott

One fantastic story about the south and more clearly its residents as can only be told by John Grisham. He writes about courtrooms well but when those courtrooms are located in the south it is just that much better.

The Last Juror tells about a young man Joyner William Traynor who moved from Syracuse after not quite finishing his journalistic degree to the town of Clanton Alabama. This occurs in 1970 when integration was still in its infancy and blacks were not generally accepted in small southern towns.

Shortly after his arrival he gets the opportunity to purchase the small local newspaper that he works for. With help from BeeBee, his aunt, he buys The Ford County Times and begins to make changes from the previous owner’s style (mostly lengthy obituaries).

Just Dreams (The Brooks Sisters Dreams Series) (Volume 1) by L.J. Taylor

Just Dreams

Reviewed by Inishowen Cailín

‘Sparks fly when attorney Kathy Brooks agrees to represent novelist Charles Morgan, Jr. in a high-profile suit against a powerful government defense contractor. But when Charles’ hidden agenda threatens to expose the government’s dirty little secrets, what started out as the case of a lifetime could cost Kathy her heart, her career and even her life. Charles doesn’t just want to win the lawsuit. He wants to destroy the company responsible for his wife’s death. His enemies, however, will stop at nothing to make the case go away – and that includes blackmail, kidnapping, and murder.’

A fast paced legal thriller with a little bit of romance mixed in. The characters are like-able and well developed.

Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance) by John Grisham

Sycamore Row

Reviewed by Allen Hott

There is no doubt that John Grisham is one of the top novelists of today but believe me Sycamore Row is just one more piece of proof of his greatness. Grisham is most adept at writing courtroom stories but he is so special in that he travels away from that area at times and when he does he excels in whatever area he enters.

Sycamore Row is indeed a courtroom drama with pages of happenings in the courtroom but it is also a really fantastic story of a group of characters in their daily lives and even in the lives of those who preceded that group. The story is about a southern attorney and the happenings as he works to defend a handwritten, not witnessed, will that has been mailed to him.

The Partner by John Grisham

The Partner

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Once in a while it is good to go to an old book by one of your favorite authors. In this case The Partner really filled the bill. This is one of Grisham’s that I never read and I do not know why but I do know that I put off reading a really great story for too long. As usual with many of Grisham’s stories it is centered around the Mississippi Gulf Coast and especially the Biloxi area. And pretty much as Grisham’s style it is also about lawyers and the courts.

Danilo Silva was finally located in a small town in Brazil when the hunters made their catch. He had been living rather humbly in a small house and basically blending into the neighborhood. However his living conditions were about to change drastically when they, after watching him for quite a period to insure he was their man, finally grabbed him off the path during one of his daily runs.

The Confession by John Grisham

The Confession

Reviewed by Allen Hott

An extremely well told story of how deeply involved some people can quickly get into others’ lives. Grisham has written a story that is not only about good people and good happenings but he has tempered it with sadness and terrible events. As usual he has written in such a way that the reader cannot put the book down but has to continue moving toward an ending which I am not even sure Grisham had envisioned when he began writing The Confession.

It seems very innocent and not out of the ordinary when a gentleman enters the office of Keith Schroeder, pastor of St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Kansas. He wants to speak to the pastor and the pastor’s wife, Dana Schroeder, after a few basic questions, escorts him into the pastor’s study.

Frame Up by John F. Dobbyn

frameReviewed by Patricia Reid

Michael Knight and John McKedrick were good friends when both attended Harvard Law School and remained good friends although their lives took them in different directions. Michael became a partner in a respectable law firm run by Lex Devlin. Michael had the utmost respect for Devlin and Devlin has deep affection for Michael. John took a position with an attorney who is known for his mob affiliations.

As Michael was leaving the office one evening to meet John for dinner, John’s car blew up just as Michael approached. Michael survived but John is killed. An informant told the police that Peter Santangelo is the person that set the bomb. Peter is the son of Dominic Santangelo, a well-known mafia figure.

Michael is shocked when Devlin requests his presence at a meeting of Devlin’s friends from long ago. The meeting takes place in a church with Monsignor Ryan and Dominic Santangelo. Santangelo has arranged the meeting to request that Devlin represent his son Peter, Godson of Lex Devlin.

Shadow of Power by Steve Martini (Book Review #2)

shadowReviewed by Tina Avon

Okay, I have to say that I am a huge, huge fan of Steve Martini and Paul Madriani. So, I was thrilled when I got a chance to read and review Shadow of Power.

First off, I think that Martini is channelling The DaVinci Code a little bit, with a twist on the movie National Treasure. I must admit that I was taken a little aback by that initially. However, it is a strong show of talent, on the part of Martini, that he somehow manages to take all these pieces and blend them into an absolutely riveting legal thriller.

Madriani is back – representing a white supremacist who is accused of killing a controversial author, who, because of his book, has managed to incite violence and to somehow promote racism and promises to present a up to know, hidden letter written by Jefferson himself – that promises to heat up the racial tensions even more.

Nibble & Kuhn by David Schmahmann

nibbleReviewed by Julie Moderson

Nibble & Kuhn is a Boston Law firm that had been around for 110 years and was expanding fast; it had tripled in size in the seven years that Derek Dover had been there as an associate. Derek was on pace to become a partner by the end of the year if everything continued to go well for him. Derek had met Maria Parma in June when Nibble & Kuhn hired a small troop of law students. They flirt with each other and Derek’s secretary Kay pretends not to notice. They are truly in love but then Derek finds out that Maria is engaged.

The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer

tenthReviewed by Julie Moderson

Ben Addison has just landed the job of a lifetime as a clerk for the Supreme Court justices. Ben is just out of Yale Law School and now has the prestige of clerking for Justice Hollis.

Working on the Supreme Court means that any law firm that wasn’t trying to woo Ben to their law firm before would do so now. Clerks are the most sought after for their experiences on the court by all law firms. Ben finds himself clerking with Lisa Schulman who is a beautiful, funny and great girl to spend a year with in a small office. Ben lives with his three friends that he grew up with; Eric who writes for theWashington Post, Nathan who works for the State Department and Ober who is working for a Senator. The young men have just graduated and are all starting their adult career dream jobs.

Ben gets tricked into sharing a Supreme Court decision before it is public and soon finds himself getting blackmailed. The blackmailer made a fortune on the info and wants more from Ben. Ben is worried he may have just blown his whole career on a stupid mistake and his friends jump into help. Now not only is Ben’s career in jeopardy but all of his friend’s careers are too. Ben thinks it is all about him and is selfish and uses his friends without regard to their safety or well being.