You Can't Handle the Truth!

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You Can't Handle the Truth!

Novels that feature scenes in a courtroom

With television shows like Law and Order and How to Get Away with Murder bringing in amazing ratings, it would be no stretch to say that the average person enjoys fiction about the law. We all like to pretend we are involved in the case by defending the accused, piecing together clues, or even acting as a juror or judge handing down the final decision. We sit waiting until to the end of the episode to see what the truth will ultimately be. If this is your type of entertainment check out the books listed below to see if you can handle the truth revealed in these awesome novels. 

Sycamore Row by John Grisham
 
Sycamore Row is John Grisham’s sequel to A Time to Kill. Just as in A Time to Kill, Jake Brigance is the main character and race issues are at the forefront. Multi-millionaire Seth Hubbard (a white man) is diagnosed with terminal cancer and chooses to end his life early by hanging himself from a Sycamore tree. He left behind a very detailed note that gave instructions on how he wanted to be buried and featured a new will that would serve as a replacement for his old one. In his new will he left the majority of his money to his former housekeeper, a black woman by the name of Lettie Lang. Seth purposely chose Jake to defend his new will because of his reputation in defending Carl Lee Hailey (the trial from the first book) and trusted that he would be able to do so successfully. Seth’s family hire very expensive lawyers to convince the jury to throw out the new will and to hold up the original one that was completed prior to his suicide. This novel is will have you unable to put it down as each new twist and turn unfolds. Read to see what the jury ultimately decides.
 
Defending Jacob by William Landay
 
Andy Barber made a career out of defending the constitution and putting away those who did not by breaking the law. That all changed one morning when a local high school student is murdered on his walk to school. Andy is given the case due to its high-profile nature. When students at the local high school are interviewed it becomes apparent that Andy's son Jacob and the deceased boy did not get along.  It isn't long before Jacob becomes the prime suspect and is officially charged with the murder. What is a father to do? Does he defend his son who he hopes is innocent or does he take heed to the signs that point to his guilt? This book questions both family and faith as we all have to wonder what we would do if placed in the same position as Andy. How far would you go to defend Jacob?
 
Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag
 
When a man, Karl Dahl, accused of violently sexual assaulting and murdering a mother and her two foster kids in her home, requests for the prosecution to not be able to mention his prior run ins with the law, his wish is granted by Judge Carey Moore. This now makes Judge Moore public enemy number one in this Minneapolis town. After the ruling she is brutally beat in the work garage parking lot and left within inches of her life. Although Detective Sam Kovac is not too fond of Judge Moore and her favoring the defendant type rulings, he still has a job to do. Who could be after the judge? Could it be the former detective who found the bodies of the mother and her children? Could it be her unhappy husband? Could it be a family member of the murdered mother and her children? Or maybe it could be Dahl? Read to find out just how far Judge Moore's ruling on prior bad acts pushed someone. 
 
Prime Witness by Steve Martini
 
When a couple of vicious murders take place, Defense Attorney Paul Madriani is asked to be the special prosecutor on the case. He gathers as much evidence as possible and is able to make an arrest. A personal vendetta with the defense attorney ultimately leads to the case beginning to spiral out of control.  Madriani also begins to realize that although the defendant definitely committed some of the murders, there is a strong possibility that he did not commit all of the murders. As more truths unfold, more things seem to spiral out of control. Who holds the power to put an end to the chaos? Madriani, the killer, or a witness to the murders? Read to find out how this thriller ends.
 
The Reversal by Michael Connelly
 
When a convicted child killer, Jason Jessup, is set free after 24 years due to new DNA evidence defense attorney Mickey Haller is asked to be the prosecutor on the retrial. He agrees as long as he can hand pick the investigator on the case, Harry Bosch. They work together to prove once and for all that Jessup is indeed a murderer. There are just a few things standing in their way: Jessup, his defense attorney, and a witness who is not interested in testifying after all of these years. Read to find out how this dynamic duo works together to set the truth free.