One of the most popular literary genres in the world is crime fiction, and one of the most specific subsets of that genre to come out of the United States is the legal thriller. Most readers in the United States at least have heard of John Grisham, even if they have not read his novels, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is still taught in schools today. Legal thrillers are a type of story focusing on some sort of investigation, with a particular focus on courtroom proceedings or the legal system of its setting. More often than not, the best legal thrillers are also interested in examining social justice as it pertains to a legal system while its heroes fight uncover misdeeds or prove their clients innocence. Our heroes tend to fight using legal means, working within the system with competency. Meanwhile, villains tend to be corrupt, either working outside the legal system or taking advantage of the system through their corruption. No matter the setup, this is a genre that is at its best when tackling real-world, timely issues.
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