Remember The Lincoln Lawyer? That legal thriller by Michael Connelly which introduced unconventional lawyer Mickey Haller? He’s back! And apparently because of John Grisham.
Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer is Sebastian Rudd, who works out of a van instead of an office, has a driver/bodyguard instead of a receptionist, an ex-wife and a kid, a problem with alcohol and with authority and the occasional brush up against the law. Sound familiar? Apparently readers think so too.
That is the reason why The Lincoln Lawyer is enjoying a renaissance of sorts; not because the protagonist in Rogue Lawyer admits reading it. From the release of Rogue Lawyer on October 20, Michael Connelly’s street lawyer tale has shot up the charts, where it now occupies the #1 spot in legal thriller books on Amazon.com, the #2 spot in legal thrillers on Kindle (where it is #31 in the Kindle Store). Not bad for a book that was released 10 years ago.
As a legal thriller author myself, I have admiration for the work of my fellow authors who write in my genre, and I know there is room for all of us. Grisham was probably inspired by Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer and there is nothing wrong with that. There is room for one more rogue lawyer on the block and there will probably be more. In fact, Michael Connelly should probably send a thank you note to John Grisham for the boost.
Kenneth Eade http://kennetheade.com is a recovering lawyer and the author of the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series; a series of 9 legal thrillers which are wrapped around current issues, such as Guantanamo Bay, police brutality, and mortgage fraud.