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If you're looking for something to read as you chill by the pool, or something to get your 'law brain' thinking, we have some suggestions! - Check out this ResearchGuide to get some ideas of summer reading material, all available in our library!
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Suggested Cool Reads for Hot Days!

Looking for something to read for the summer? We have a few suggestions, from very light to extremely serious. Browse the list to the right for some of our picks!



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The Advocate's Devil - Alan M. Dershowitz
Call Number: PS3554.E77 A64 1994
ISBN: 0446517593
Publication Date: 2001
Taking the case of a professional basketball player accused of rape, a high-powered defense attorney is confident that he can win, but struggles with the morality of defending a client who may be guilty.

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Airframe - Michael Crichton
Call Number: PS3553.R48 A77 1996
ISBN: 0679446486
Publication Date: 1996
Cruising 35,000 feet above the earth, a twin-engine commercial jet encounters an accident that leaves 3 dead, 56 wounded, and the cabin in shambles. What happened? With a multi-billion-dollar company-saving deal on the line, Casey Singleton is sent by her hard-driving boss to uncover the mysterious circumstances that led to the disaster before more people die. But someone doesn't want her to find the truth.

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The Appeal - John Grisham
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 A86 2008
ISBN: 9780385515047
Publication Date: 2008
Wall Street millionaire Carl Trudeau purchases an unsuspecting Mississippi State Supreme Court judge candidate when a lower court rules against one of his chemical companies for dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply causing a cancer cluster

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The Associate - John Grisham
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 A95 2009
ISBN: 9780385517836
Publication Date: 2009
Three months after leaving Yale, Kyle McAvoy becomes an associate at the largest law firm in the world, where, in addition to practicing law, he is expected to lie, steal, and take part in a scheme that could send him to prison, if not get him killed.

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The Blessing Way - Tony Hillerman
Call Number: PS3558.I45 B5 1990
ISBN: 0061000019
Publication Date: 1990
Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high lonely place, a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer. There is palpable evil in the air, and Leaphorn's pursuit of a Wolf-Witch is leading him where even the bravest men fear, on a chilling trail that winds perilously between mysticism and murder.

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The Chamber - John Grisham
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 C47 1994
ISBN: 0385424728
Publication Date: 1994
"The decision to bomb the office of the radical Jew lawyer was reached with relative ease." So begins Grisham's legal leviathan The Chamber, a 676-page tome that scrutinizes the death penalty and all of its nuances--from racially motivated murder to the cruel and unusual effects of a malfunctioning gas chamber.

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The Client - John Grisham
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 C57 1993
ISBN: 038542471X
Publication Date: 1993
Mark Sway, age 11 but years wiser thanks to a drunken dad who abused his mom, is out in the woods behind his Memphis trailer park teaching his kid brother, Ricky, how to smoke Virginia Slims heisted from Mom's purse. He's a pretty upright kid--he's determined to protect his brother from drugs, and he once defended his mom with a baseball bat. The dangers of smoking rapidly escalate when Mark glimpses a guy trying to commit suicide by carbon monoxide in his car nearby and tries to stop him. The guy is Jerome, a lawyer who tells Mark that his Mafia client has murdered Senator Boyd Boyette and buried him in the concrete under his garage in New Orleans.

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The Confession - John Grisham
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 C664 2010
ISBN: 9780385528047
Publication Date: 2010
In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, Travis Boyette abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

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Compelling Evidence - Steve Martini
Call Number: PS3562.A7294 C66 1992
ISBN: 0399137122
Publication Date: 1992
Ben Potter, successful lawyer and possible U. S. Supreme Court nominee, is found dead in his office--suicide or murder? All of the police evidence points to foul play, and his beautiful young wife, Talia, stands trial for a crime she claims she didn't commit--or did she? Paul Madriani defends Talia, but, in doing so, exposes a part of his own life that he would like to forget. This gripping, fast-paced novel will hold YAs' attention from beginning to startling conclusion.

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Coyote Waits - Tony Hillerman
Call Number: PS3558.I45 C69 1990
ISBN: 0061099325
Publication Date: 1992
The car fire didn't kill Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez—a bullet did. And the old man in possession of the murder weapon is a whiskey-soaked shaman named Ashie Pinto. Officer Jim Chee is devastated by the slaying of his good friend Del, and confounded by the prime suspect's refusal to utter a single word of confession or denial.

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Daddy's Girl - Clifford Irving; Kensington Publishing Corporation Staff
Call Number: PS3559.R79 D34 1988
ISBN: 0786010568
Publication Date: 1999
The Houston murder of James and Virginia Campbell by their daughter, Cindy, and her boyfriend, David West, is the subject to Irving’s 1988 book. Irving focuses on the trials and after one hung jury, Cindy was convicted although Irving doubts her guilt. Clearly, Cindy is unlikable and unbalanced and Irving's sympathy for her was unpopular. He was a defense witness at one trial, and his thorough account is personal in tone.

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Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller (Illustrator)
Call Number: PS3525.I5156 D4
ISBN: 0822202905
Publication Date: 1952
The tragedy of a typical American--a salesman who at the age of sixty-three is faced with what he cannot face; defeat and disillusionment

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First, Kill All the Lawyers - Bill Adler
Call Number: PN6231.L4 A35 1994
ISBN: 0806515872
Publication Date: 1994
Chockful of the best one-liners, puns, riddles, epitaphs, proverds, stories, and anecdotes involving lawyers and the legal system

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The Handbook of Law Firm Mismanagement - Arnold B. Kanter; Paul Hoffman (Illustrator)
Call Number: PS3561.A477 H36 1990
ISBN: 0945774125
Publication Date: 1990
Compiled in 1950, the jokes in this book are somewhat anachronistic, both in tone and in content. Given the more rigid censorship of the times, there is a general lack of sexual innuendo although when it appears it is quite funny. The content is that of the 1940's and earlier, so there are situations and terms that the modern reader will not understand. Nevertheless, there are some very funny jokes in this book, particularly those that rely on the properly stated double entendre, of which there are many. Such jokes are timeless and so will survive for the next fifty years.

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Just Revenge - Alan M. Dershowitz
Call Number: PS3554.E77 J87 1999
ISBN: 0446519839
Publication Date: 1999-09-01
In Dershowitz's second legal thriller--Abe (along with the whole judicial system) is confronted with a still bigger dilemma: Is a Holocaust survivor entitled to seek revenge on the perpetrator who butchered his family some 50 years earlier?.... A Jew in Boston spots a Nazi who killed his family in Lithuania fifty years earlier. Fearing the Nazi will die of old age before he is tried, he abducts and subjects him to psychological torture. The Nazi commits suicide and the Jew goes on trial for murder, to argue the righteousness of his act

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The Last Juror - John Grisham
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 L37 2004
ISBN: 0385510438
Publication Date: 2004
In 1970, small town newspaper is purchased by 23-year-old Willie Traynor, formerly the paper's cub reporter. Soon afterward, his new business receives the readership boost it needs thanks to his coverage of a particularly brutal rape and murder committed by the scion of the town's reclusive bootlegger family. Rather than shy from reporting on the subsequent open-and-shut trial, Traynor launches a crusade to ensure the unrepentant murderer is brought to justice.

Laughter is Legal - Francis Leo Golden
Call Number: PN6231.L4 G6 1950
Publication Date: 1950
Compiled in 1950, the jokes in this book are somewhat anachronistic, both in tone and in content. Given the more rigid censorship of the times, there is a general lack of sexual innuendo although when it appears it is quite funny. The content is that of the 1940's and earlier, so there are situations and terms that the modern reader will not understand. Nevertheless, there are some very funny jokes in this book, particularly those that rely on the properly stated double entendre, of which there are many. Such jokes are timeless and so will survive for the next fifty years.

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Legally Correct Fairy Tales - David Fisher
Call Number: PN6231.L4 F57 1996
ISBN: 0446520756
Publication Date: 1996
Legally correct Fairy Tales recasts classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes--from Goldilocks to Beauty and the Beast--as hilarious legal wrangles replete with lawyers, prosecutors and defendants.

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Lion of Islam - Howard L. Oleck
Call Number: PS3565.L38 L5
ISBN: 0890836159
Publication Date: 1980
His name was Al-Malik al Zahir (meaning victorious) Rukn-al-Din(for pillar of the faith Bybars al-Bundukari (of the crossbowman), but he was called Bybars. Long ago, in the thirteenth century, when Christian pilgrims clashed swords with heathen Muslims, he wielded his blade to become the most fearsome, most powerful Mamluke Sultan.

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My Summer with George - Marilyn French
Call Number: PS3556.R42 M9 1996
ISBN: 0679447741
Publication Date: 1996
French has written a romantic novel, and true to her youthful vigor, it is a subversive one. She believes that the libido can survive old age in women as in men. At the beginning of the novel, the heroine has cast aside her self-image as a desirable woman, as society expects; but then she meets a dashing editor in his 50s, and snap--she is consumed by erotic longing. She is able to analyze intelligently the whole disturbing situation with her knowing women friends, even while she enjoys a delicious summer of romance.

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The Ox Bow Incident - Walter Clark
Call Number: PS3505.L376 O9 1942
Publication Date: 1942
Set in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally powerful, vivid, and unforgettable re-creation of the Western novel, which Clark transmuted into a universal story about good and evil, individual and community, justice and human nature.

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The Partner - John Grisham
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 P35 1997
ISBN: 0385472951
Publication Date: 1997
Patrick Lanigan had been a young partner in a prominent Southern law firm. He had a beautiful wife, a new baby girl, and a bright future. Then one winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car; the casket they buried held nothing but ashes. A short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial then fled. A fortune was stolen from his ex-firm's offshore account and Patrick ran, covering his tracks the whole way. But now they've found him!

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The Rainmaker - John Grisham
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 R35 1995
ISBN: 0385424736
Publication Date: 1995
Rudy Baylor, a new law school graduate, once dreamed of the good life as a corporate attorney. Now he faces joblessness and bankruptcy--unless he can win an insurance case against a heavyweight team of lawyers, a case that starts small but mushrooms into a frightening war of nerve and legal skill that could cost Rudy not only his future, but also his life.

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The Runaway Jury - John Grisham
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 R8 1996
ISBN: 0385472943
Publication Date: 1996
In Biloxi, Mississippi, a woman sues a tobacco company for the death of her husband from lung cancer. The protagonists are a jury fixer, that is a lawyer whose role is to assure a jury favorable to the company, and a rogue juror whom the fixer cannot eliminate or control. This is a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake which begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juror is convinced he’s being watched. Soon they have to be sequestered. Then a tip from an anonymous young woman suggests she is able to predict the jurors’ increasingly odd behavior. Is the jury somehow being manipulated, or even controlled? If so, by whom? And, more important, why?

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Sacred Clowns - Tony Hillerman
Call Number: PS3558.I45 S23 1994
ISBN: 0061092606
Publication Date: 1994
Tony Hillerman spins his magic once more in this story of missing people and a death that may be related or religion and again maybe just down right greed. Chee and Leaphorn bust work together to find meaning and reason. In the Hillerman tradition all the clues are laid out in the open allowing you to bet them to the conclusion if you can.

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Streets of Laredo - Larry McMurtry
Call Number: PS3563.A319 S7 1993
ISBN: 0671792822
Publication Date: 1994
In the long-awaited sequel to Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry returns to the Texas wilderness to spin an exhilarating tale of myth, legend, history, and heroism.

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Das Testament - John Grisham
Call Number: PS3557.R5355 T37 1999
ISBN: 0385493800
Publication Date: 1999
Troy Phelan, a 78-year-old eccentric and the 10th-richest man in America, is about to read his last will and testament, divvying up an estate worth $11 billion. Phelan's three ex-wives, their grasping spawn, a legion of lawyers, several psychiatrists, and a plethora of sound technicians wait breathlessly, all eyes glued to digital monitors as they watch the old man read his verdict. But Phelan shocks everyone with a bizarre, last-gasp attempt to redistribute the spoils, setting in motion a legal morality tale of a contested will, sin, and redemption.

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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Call Number: PS3562.E353 T6 1982
ISBN: 0446310786
Publication Date: 1982
A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father -- a crusading local lawyer -- risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

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