John Lescroart Books

John Lescroart Book List

A list of books by  John Lescroart who writes legal and police thrillers or dramas. Most of his novels are in one series with the same main characters.

Sunburn (1981)

Auguste Lupa Series

In the Auguste Lupa series, the main character Lupa, is son of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler and it is strongly hinted that he later becomes Nero Wolfe, although Wolfe is never mentioned by name.

Son of Holmes (1986)
Rasputin's Revenge (1987)

Legal Thriller Series

Lescroart's legal thrillers are based around San Francisco, beginning with Dead Irish. They center around ex-cop and lawyer, Dismas Hardy, and his best friend, officer Abe Glitsky. Though both characters are usually included in the novels, the books can be sorted and read in order of publication date or selectively by the main protagonist if the reader prefers.

Dismas Hardy, ex police and lawyer,

Dead Irish (1989)
The Vig (1990)
Hard Evidence (1993)
The 13th Juror (1994)
The Mercy Rule (1998)
Nothing But the Truth (1999)
The First Law (2003)
The Second Chair (2004)
The Motive (2004)
Betrayal (2007)
A Plague of Secrets (2009)

Abe Glitsky, police officer

A Certain Justice (1995)
Guilt (1996)
The Hearing (1999)
The Oath (2002)

Wyatt Hunt, private investigator

The Hunt Club (2005)
The Suspect (2007)
Treasure Hunt (2010)

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Scott Turow Books

Scott Turow Book List

Novels

* Presumed Innocent, 1987
* The Burden of Proof, 1990
* Pleading Guilty, 1993
* The Laws of Our Fathers, 1996
* Personal Injuries, 1999
* Reversible Errors, 2002
* Ordinary Heroes, 2005
* Limitations, 2006
* Innocent, 2010

Non-fiction

* One L, 1977
* Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty, 2003

Films

* Presumed Innocent, 1990
* The Burden of Proof, 1992
* Reversible Errors, 2004

Biography

In 1995, Canadian author Derek Lundy published a biography of Turow, entitled Scott Turow: Meeting the Enemy (ECW Press, 1995).

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About Scott Turow

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About the Lawyer - Scott Turow

Born in 1949, Scott F. Turow is a practising lawyer, a partner of a Chicago law firm, who works pro bono in most of his cases. In a 1995 case he won the release of Alejandro Hernandez, who had spent 11 years on death row for a murder he did not commit.

Turow was lead counsel in Operation Greylord, the federal prosecution of Illinois judicial corruption cases and he also prosecuted the case of state Attorney General William Scott regarding tax fraud.

From 1997 - 8  Scott Turow was a member of the U.S. Senate Nominations Commission for Illinois, which recommends federal judicial appointments and was also appointed to the commission for the reform of the Illinois death penalty.

About the Author - Scott Turow

A bestselling American author of crime fiction based around the legal system, Scott Turow has also written nonfiction books. Three of his novels have been made into movies and his books have been translated into over 20 languages and have sold over 25 million copies.

Turow was born in Chicago. After receiving an Edith Mirrielees Fellowship, from 1970 to 1972, he attended the Stanford University Creative Writing Center.

Turow entered Harvard Law School in 1975 and wrote his first book about this first year at law school called One L in 1977.  He earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1978 and became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, serving in that position until 1986.

After leaving the U.S. Attorney's office Scott Turow published legal thrillers such as The Burden of ProofPresumed InnocentPleading Guilty, and Personal Injuries. All four became bestsellers, and Turow won multiple literary awards, including the Silver Dagger Award.

His most recent book, Innocent,  returns to his main character, the lawyer Rusty Sabich and is a sequel to his most popular novel Presumed Innocent.  INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

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About Stieg Larsson

About Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson (15 August 1954 – 9 November 2004) was a Swedish investigative journalist and writer, born in Skelleftehamn  outside Skellefteå. His Millennium trilogy of novels were published after he died in Stockholm at the age of 50 of a massive heart attack and he was the no 2 best-selling author in the world in 2008, behind Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini.

The Millennium Trilogy

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Current news articles state that different editions of this Millennium trilogy had sold between 27 - 40 million copies worldwide by April 2010.

Cover of "Modesty Blaise"
Cover of Modesty Blaise

It is reported that Stieg Larsson was influenced by both British and US detective novel authors. By writing his characters as reading these books he has inserted some of his favourites within the text of his own books. At the top of his favourite book list are Sara Paretsky, Agatha Christie, Val McDermid, Dorothy Sayers and Peter O'Donnell (Modesty Blaise).

But perhaps his strongest influence comes from Sweden, his own country - Astrid Lindgren's childrens book Pippi Longstocking. The girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, is  based on Pippi Longstocking, how Larsson imagined her to be if she was all grown up.

Stieg Larrson wrote both for fun and money. As a science fiction fan, he was editor or co-editor of several SF fanzines. He was a political activist for the Kommunistiska Arbetareförbundet (Communist Workers League) and the editor of the Swedish Trotskyist journal Fjärde internationalen. He wrote regularly for the weekly Internationalen, but Larsson was also a photographer and worked as a graphic designer at the largest Swedish news agency, Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå (TT) between 1977 and 1999.

Due in June 2010, is a  biography of Stieg Larsson called The Man Who Left Too Soon. It's author, Barry Forshaw, said that the outrage that runs through Larsson's trilogy - anger at men who beat and abuse women, contempt for corrupt industrialists and hate groups was because he was "a man who thought the world could be better." Apparently Larsson had a tough old grandfather, a communist who risked his life during the 1930s speaking out against Hitler and Nazism, who had a strong influence on Larsson.

Larsson's political ideals and journalism experience led him to found the Swedish Expo Foundation in 1995. Similar to the British Searchlight Foundation, this foundation was established to "counteract the growth of the extreme right and the white power-culture in schools and among young people." He was an influential debater and lecturer on the subject and became such a formidable foe of  "hate groups" that for years he suffered death threats as editor of the Expo Foundation magazine. Some of his fans even wonder if he was murdered but rumours that his death was suspicious, because of death threats received as editor of Expo, have been denied.

At his death, Larrson left an unfinished manuscript of a fourth novel, and synopses of the fifth and sixth in the Millennium books, which was intended to be a series of ten novels. Rumors say these are stored on a laptop and hidden somewhere in a safe, while Larsson's long time partner Eva Gabrielsson, struggles with Swedish inheritance law and Larsson's family over control of Larssons estate.

The Swedish film version of Stig Larsson "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", released in Scandinavia in 2009, was recently released in America. The Swedish versions of the next two films are expected in U.S. theatres later this year. According to the U.S. publisher, Knopf,  Sony Pictures plan to make an English-language film adaptation of Larssons Millennium trilogy.

Sources for Information:
Man behind Girl with Dragon Tattoo from CNN
Wikipedia contributors, 'Stieg Larsson', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 April 2010, 16:01 UTC,  

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John Grisham Books

Complete List of John Grisham Novels

Legal Thrillers - fiction

Books Movies

* A Time to Kill (1989)                    A Time to Kill (1996)
* The Firm (1991)                             The Firm (1993)
* The Pelican Brief (1992)             The Pelican Brief (1993)
* The Client (1993)                          The Client (1994)
*  The Chamber (1996)                  The Chamber (1994)
* The Rainmaker (1995)               The Rainmaker (1997)
* The Runaway Jury (1996)        Runaway Jury (2003)
* The Partner (1997)                      The Partner (2010)
* The Street Lawyer (1998)
* The Testament (1999)                The Testament (2012)
* The Brethren (2000)
* The Summons (2002)
* The King of Torts (2003)
* The Last Juror (2004)
* The Broker (2005)
* The Appeal (2008)
* The Associate (2009)                    The Associate (2012)
* Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (May 25, 2010)
* The Confession (October 26, 2010)

Non-fiction

* The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2006)
This account won Grisham the Justice in Arts Award from Death Penalty Focus in 2008.

Non-Legal Fiction -
Topics: The American South and Baseball

Books Movies
Based on an unpublished short story      The Gingerbread Man (1998)
* A Painted House (2001)                            A Painted House (2003)
* Skipping Christmas (2001)                  Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
* Bleachers (2003)
* Playing for Pizza (2007)
* Ford County (2009)

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