Editor’s Note: Alafair Burke is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, including THE EX, LONG GONE, and the Ellie Hatcher series. She is also the co-author of the Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark. Their latest collaboration is THE SLEEPING BEAUTY KILLER. A former prosecutor, Alafair is now a Professor of Law at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
I like books about lawyers. Where real trials are long and often dry, novels can skip all the boring stuff and show only the juicy parts. Even when lawyers aren’t in court, their work is rich with story potential: gathering evidence, winning over reluctant witnesses, delving into all sorts of long-buried secrets. Here are a few of my favorite legal thrillers.