''To Kill a Mockingbird,'' ''The Firm,'' and more are on his list

By EW Staff
Updated October 10, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
”This great American novel also hits every requirement of a thriller.”

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
”The high-water mark for the literary legal thriller.”

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
”Nonfiction, but as riveting as a novel.”

The Firm by John Grisham
”Turned the genre on its ear. Momentum, action, and surprise in a story on the law.”

El Niño by Douglas Anne Munson
”Obscure but beautiful — when the law is a hurtful thing.”

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