Fall’s rainy weather and chilly nights are here, and that means it’s time to curl up on the couch with a stack of books. Here are a few new legal page-turners to add to your reading list — and as a bonus, we’ve got three copies of Lisa Scottoline’s new thriller, Corrupted, to give away!
BIGLAW, by Lindsay Cameron (2015; 304 pp.; Ankerwycke; $27)
Nearly two years into her job as an associate at a premier Manhattan law firm, Mackenzie Corbett is living her fantasy: big salary, high-profile deals, boyfriend, and designer clothes. But she’s also overworked, exhausted, and tormented by a bitter senior associate. When she’s given the chance at a prestigious assignment, she’s determined to endure whatever it takes to close the biggest deal in the firm’s history. But when Mackenzie finds herself the focus of a devastating investigation, her dream job spirals into a nightmare. Debut author Lindsay Cameron is a former “biglaw” corporate attorney.
Career of Evil &Cormoran Strike, by Robert Galbraith (2015; 512 pp.; Mulholland Books; $28)
J.K. Rowling’s crime-thriller alter ego, Robert Galbraith, has been hard at work penning another twist-filled mystery. A gruesome package containing a woman’s severed leg is delivered to Robin Ellacott, but her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, isn’t exactly shocked. Strike can think of four prime suspects — and, of course, the police go right for the least likely one. Cormoran and Robin start their own investigation into the other three, but as more frighteningly violent acts follow, their time is running out.
Injustice, by Lee Goodman (2015; 352 pp. Atria/Emily Bestler; $26)
From the author of Indefensible comes a suspenseful legal mystery and courtroom drama about the blurry boundaries between guilt and innocence. When someone close to federal prosecutor Nick Davis is murdered, investigators see it as either a case of mistaken identity or the work of a jealous fiancé, but the case keeps stalling. Meanwhile, Nick’s relationship with his wife, Tina, hangs by a thread. She is also a lawyer, working to vindicate a young man convicted of killing a child eight years ago. When old DNA evidence is discovered and analyzed, the shocking results make Nick question everything he thought he knew about the law.
And now for the giveaway!
Corrupted, by Lisa Scottoline
Corrupted, out Oct. 27, is the newest legal thriller by bestselling author and former lawyer Lisa Scottoline. Bennie Rosato, founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, confronts a case from her past that still haunts her: defending Jason, a 12-year-old boy who was sent to juvenile prison for fighting a bully. After years in the juvenile justice system and a troubled adulthood, Jason is indicted for killing the former bully, and Rosato feels compelled to defend him to right the wrongs he suffered years ago. Read Chapter 1 online.
Scottoline will be at the University Bookstore in Seattle on Oct. 30 for a reading, signing, and discussion of Corrupted and life as a writer with Seattle’s best-known librarian, Nancy Pearl. For a chance to win one of three copies of Corrupted, leave a comment below about what you’re looking forward to reading this fall! Contest closes at 5 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2015. Winners will be randomly selected.