Legal Thriller Authors

Legal thriller authors are the artists who create the courtroom drama lawyers of our imagination who win cases after cases while putting their virtual lives at risk to entertain us on paper.

The main characters are attorneys, counselors and other legal professionals who with the help of their team and surrounded by the justice system can bring criminals after criminals to trial and send them to jail for good.

Their work often starts after the detectives have done their work by catching the hardened criminals. At times though the ruthless killers are targeting them directly, making them fight not only for justice, but also for their lives.

Here are some of the wonderful legal thriller authors – also including legal mystery authors – who have kept us reading their books for hours at no end.


Robert Bailey

  • McMurtrie and Drake legal thriller series

Sydney Bauer

  • David Cavanaugh series

James Scott Bell

  • Ty Buchanan series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Thomas Benigno

  • standalone legal thrillers

William Bernhardt

  • Ben Kincaid series

Robert Gregory Browne

  • Trial Junkies series

Teresa Burrell

  • The Advocate series

Don Brown

  • Navy Justice
  • Navy JAG

D.W. Buffa

  • Joseph Antonelli series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Laura Caldwell

  • Izzy McNeil Mystery series

Marcia Clark

  • Rachel Knight series
  • Samantha Brinkman series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Julie Compton

  • standalone legal thrillers

Michael Connelly

  • Harry Bosch series
  • Mickey Haller series
  • Terry McCaleb series
  • Jack McEvoy series

Rose Connors

  • Marty Nickerson series

William J. Coughlin

  • Charley Sloan series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Jeffrey Deaver

  • standalone legal thriller

Alan M. Dershowitz

  • standalone legal thrillers

William Diehl

  • Vail/Stampler series

Kenneth G. Eade

  • Brent Marks Legal Thrillers series

David Ellis

  • Jason Kolarich series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Linda Fairstein

  • Alexandra Cooper series
  • From the Files of Linda Fairstein (true crime) series

Rebecca Forster

  • Witness series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Anthony Franze

  • standalone legal thrillers

J.F. Freedman

  • Luke Garrison legal thrillers
  • Kate Blanchard mystery series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Philip Friedman

  • standalone legal thrillers

Erle Stanley Gardner

  • Perry Mason series
  • Doug Selby series

Mark Gimenez

  • John Bookman series
  • Scott Fenney series
  • standalone legal thrillers

George Dawes Green

  • standalone legal thrillers

Marti Green

  • Help Innocent Prisoners Project
  • standalone legal thrillers

James Grippando

  • Jack Swyteck series
  • standalone legal thrillers

John Grisham

  • Theodore Boone Series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Robert van Gulik

  • Judge Dee series

Brian Haig

  • Sean Drummond series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Jonathan Harr

  • standalone legal thriller

Greg Iles

  • Penn Cage series
  • The Natchez Burning Trilogy

Jonnie Jacobs

  • Kali O’Brien series

V.S. Kemanis

  • Dana Hargrove Legal Mystery series

David Kessler

  • Alex Sedaka series
  • standalone legal thrillers

William Landay

  • standalone legal thrillers

William Lashner

  • Victor Carl series

Allison Leotta

  • Anna Curtis series

Paul Levine

  • Jake Lassiter series
  • Solomon vs. Lord series
  • standalone legal thrillers

John Lescroart

  • Abe Glitsky series
  • Dismas Hardy series
  • Wyatt Hunt series

Phillip Margolin

  • Dana Cutler series
  • Amanda Jaffe series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Steve Martini

  • Paul Madriani series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Brad Meltzer

  • standalone legal thrillers

Victor Methos

  • Brigham Theodore legal thriller series

Melissa F. Miller

  • Sasha McCandless legal shrillers series
  • Aroostine Higgins series

Adam Mitzner

  • standalone legal thrillers

John Mortimer

  • Rumpole of the Bailey series

Michael Nava

  • Henry Rios Mystery series

Perri O’Shaughnessy

  • Nina Reilly series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Barbara Parker

  • Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana series

Richard North Patterson

  • Christopher Paget series
  • Kerry Kilcannon series
  • Tony Lord series
  • The Blaine Trilogy

Jeanine Pirro

  • Dani Fox Series

Michael Ponsor

  • standalone legal thriller

Scott Pratt

  • Joe Dillard series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Matthew Quirk

  • Mike Ford series

Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

  • Lily Forrester series
  • Carolyn Sullivan series
  • standalone legal thrillers

Kermit Roosevelt

  • standalone legal thrillers

Robert Rotenberg

  • Detective Greene series

Oliver Sands

  • standalone legal thrillers

Lisa Scottoline

  • Rosato and Associates series
  • Rosato & DiNunzio series

Emerson Shaw

  • standalone legal thrillers

Sheldon Siegel

  • Mike Daley Mystery series

Randy Singer

  • standalone legal thrillers

Michael Swiger

  • standalone legal thrillers

Robert K. Tanenbaum

  • Butch Karp series

Joseph Teller

  • Jaywalker series

C.E. Tobisman

  • Caroline Auden legal thriller series

J.D. Trafford

  • Michael Collins series

Arthur Cheney Train

  • standalone legal thrillers

Robert Traver

  • standalone legal thrillers

Scott Turow

  • Kindle County Legal Thriller series

Kate Wilhelm

  • Barbara Holloway series

Stuart Woods

  • Stone Barrington series
  • Ed Eagle series
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