Is the Legal Thriller really dead? According to a July 27, 2015 article in Library Journal, The Journal reports that, at Thrillerfest X in New York City July 7-11, 2015, there was a debate over the question by the “Where Legal Thrillers are Headed” roundtable, a discussion which has been kicked around since July 2013 when Slate Magazine declared the legal thriller, and its close cousin, the courtroom drama, officially killed by Hollywood. The panel’s answer to the question was a wishy-washy “No, they’re not dead,” but the Journal went on to report that “The inherent drama of the courtroom assures that, even if lawyers aren’t today’s most beloved professionals.” However, according to the Journal, “The number of agents at Thrillerfest looking specifically for legal thrillers seemed low.”
Author Alafair Burke, in his March 2012 blog post, “Putting the thrill back in the Legal Thriller,” contends that, “Perhaps trying to replicate the success of groundbreaking novels like Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent and John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, publishers had over purchased and over promoted courtroom-centric novels by lawyers who managed to turn the term “legal thriller” into an oxymoron.”
However, given the recent revolution in publishing, where, according to Digital Book World, 50% of all book sales are online sales, legal thriller authors like Paul Levine and Clifford Irving are finding a resurgence of interest of the books on their backlist in electronic sales. Paul Levine’s Bum Rap is the number two best-selling book in the legal thriller genre, knocked out of first place by To Kill a Mockingbird (#27 in the Kindle Store) after the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (#3 in the Kindle Store) in July 2015.
My conclusion? Don’t hold your breath waiting for the demise of the legal thriller. For some reason, which escapes us lawyer-authors who write them, people are fascinated by the law and its application to life situations. Perhaps it is the mystery that surrounds a profession whose language appears to be foreign to most people, or human curiosity in general, but the legal thriller should be around for many years to come.
Kenneth Eade is the author of the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series and the Involuntary Spy Espionage Series. He offers free books and prizes to those who sign up for his mailing list at: http://kennetheade.com.
Kenneth Gordon Eade is an American environmental activist, author and lawyer, best known for his legal and political thrillers. Eade’s first bestseller on Amazon.com was “An Involuntary Spy,” a fictional spy thriller that critics have said has broken wide open the GMO controversy. The story follows a rogue scientist working for an American biotech firm who goes on the run from authorities after stealing information from his employer which proves government collusion and a cover-up of fraud surrounding the dangers of the company’s genetically engineered foods.
All his books are all thrilling fictitious storylines uniquely created by Kenneth Eade, a bestselling author who has built a strong reputation for masterful suspense. The same holds true for Eade’s latest release, “HOA Wire.” “The novel was just released this year,” he says. “When I have inspiration, I write until I am exhausted.”
Fans who’ve already read the book cover-to-cover are describing it as a fast-paced, action-packed, thought-provoking crime thriller that is truly exhilarating. “HOA Wire” is just one of several novels that Eade has written over the years. “I recommend that everyone reads A Patriot Act and Predatory Kill before HOA Wire,” he says. “Each one of these novels stands alone, but the story lines will have much greater impact if they are read in this specific order.”
Kenneth Eade attended the Honors Program at El Camino Real High School, which allowed him to attend classes at Los Angeles Pierce College at the age of 15. By the time he graduated from high school in 1975, he had amassed over two years of transferable credits. He graduated from California State University, Northridge, before attending Southwestern Law School, where he graduated in 1980 the youngest member of his class. After Southwestern, he practiced civil and criminal law for about a decade, then went into business law with an emphasis on securities law, and civil litigation.
In 2011, Eade began writing opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Two of the articles centered on the subject of the unconstitutionality of the now defunct Monsanto Protection Act, and the dangers of genetically modified foods and neonicitinoid pesticides and their adverse effect on bees. This led to his first book, the non-fiction work, “Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It” in 2013, as well as the children’s book, “Bee See: Who are our Pollinators and Why are They in Trouble?”
All of Eade’s novels involve the fictitious character, Brent Marks and are known as the Brent Marks Legal Thrillers. All of these books are now available on Amazon.com.
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