Best Political and Legal Thrillers

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Emma

We’ve compiled eight of our post popular ebooks, which will be ON SALE through February 26th. See the complete collection on Amazon here.

perfect justice

 William Bernhardt’s seventeen-book Ben Kincaid series stars a honest, tough, idealistic defense attorney. In Perfect Justice, Kincaid’s case is handed to him during a fly-fishing trip in the forests of Arkansas. When a young activist is found dead, a white supremacist is the number-one suspect. Although his client may be an indefensible racist, Kincaid takes the case.


lawyer trap

 Lawyer Trap by R. J. Jagger deftly combines a legal thriller and a police procedural. Riveting from beginning to end, the novel alternates between the points of view of three characters: good, evil, and somewhere in between . . .



bad lawyerPeople are often not what they seem, in or out of court. Stephen Solomita’s Bad Lawyer depicts a desperate lawyer defending a battered wife, who may or may not have killed her husband in self-defense. With shady friends and a drug addiction, Priscilla certainly isn’t the perfect client, but Sid Kaplan knows that if he wins the case, he will be famous—either on the front page or in the obituaries.


the eighth trumpet

 Jon Land writes edge-of-your-seat thrillers impossible to put down. In The Eighth Trumpet, a killer proves he can penetrate the world’s finest security systems after he brutally murders three billionaires. It’s up to Jared Kimberlain, a retired special-forces agent, to come out of retirement and go undercover to protect the President before he becomes the next target.


anderson tapesFor a look at New York City in the 1960s and ’70s, try Lawrence Sanders’s The Anderson Tapes. Professional burglar John Anderson targets a Manhattan luxury building for the biggest heist of his career. In order to pull it off, he’ll the need the help of the mafia. However, unbeknownst to them, their conversations have been recorded by the New York Police Department. While Anderson continues with his plan, believing it is foolproof, the NYPD has its own plan to bring Anderson to justice. Sanders tells the story primarily through these wiretaps, so that readers feel they’re in on the game while trying to guess who will win.

the eighth dwarf The Eighth Dwarf, by Ross Thomas, has an especially unusual hero: Nicolae Polscaru, a three-and-a-half-foot-tall Romanian spy. He teams up with a former OSS officer to track down Kurt Oppenheimer, an expert assassin of high-ranking Nazis who won’t stop killing, even if it means disturbing world peace. The duo hopes to track down Oppenheimer and collect the bounty money—if they don’t kill each other first.


under the cover of daylight

In James W. Hall’s first Thorn Mystery, Under Cover of Daylight, the protagonist is consumed by vengeance. On the day he was born, Thorn’s parents died when a drunk driver hit them on their way back from the hospital. Thorn survived, but nineteen years later he tracked down the killer and made him pay—with his life. Another twenty years later, Thorn is still scarred from what he did. When his foster mother is brutally murdered, Thorn vows to track down her killers, and confront the horror of his first act of vigilante justice.  

dancing with the deadBe prepared to get blood on your dancing shoes. John Lutz’s riveting mystery Dancing with the Dead revolves around Mary Arlington, an amateur ballroom dancer in Ohio, who loves nothing more than the tango. The prospect of going to a national competition is a welcome distraction from a life burdened by an abusive boyfriend and an alcoholic mother. Then reports appear about ballroom dancers whose throats have been cut—women who have an uncanny resemblance to Mary. She begins to wonder if the only place she feels alive is also where her death awaits.

Today kicks off our two full weeks of non-stop action, as we pay homage to the thriller genre and its many courageous heroes. From the courtroom to the Cold War, February will be devoted to all of our favorite stories of conspiracy, killers, and corruption, both abroad and closer to home.

Be sure to check back on Open Road’s blog through the end of February to learn about more great thrillers. Happy reading!

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