10 lawyer-authors choose the top 10 law novels in the past 10 years

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Anatomy of a Murder, Presumed Innocent, The Firm. Most legal fiction top 10 lists include one or more of these recognizable titles. But what about more recent fare? After all, it’s been more than 55 years since Harper Lee introduced us to Atticus, and more than 25 years since the name “Grisham” became synonymous with the legal thriller. To compile a more recent collection, I enlisted the help of some fellow lawyer-authors—10 of the best in the business—to identify their favorite law novels published in the past 10 years.

Their top 10 includes some interesting picks—stories of law and justice, family and loss, morality and greed. You’ll find crime and murder novels, a historical novel and even one with a Marvel superhero. And, of course, you’ll find John Grisham.

Anthony Franze is a Washington, D.C., lawyer in the appellate and Supreme Court practice of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and a critically acclaimed thriller writer with novels set in the nation's highest court, including his upcoming book, The Outsider.

This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of the
ABA Journal with this headline: "10 Lawyer-Authors Choose the Top Ten Law Novels in the Past 10 Years: Curl up with a book about law and justice, crime and murder or even a Marvel superhero."

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