RARA-AVIS: Legal thrillers

From: Randy Krbechek ( randyk@psnw.com)
Date: 14 Mar 2008

At 3/14/2008, Kevin Burton Smith wrote:
>Gardner's A.A. Fair books come closest, maybe -- although the action
>is as old-fashioned pulpy and often as hard-boiled as you'd like,
>Donald Lam's scams are often based on sound, if obscure, legal
>theory (Gardner was a lawyer).
>Any other suggestions for hard-boiled (or noir, I guess) legal
>thrillers? Does such a cat really exist?

Hi -

I'm a lawyer. I like Thompson. I like Chandler. (That's my qualifications for the following.)

I'm not keen on the A.A. Fair titles. I don't think Gardner was a careful writer.

See if you can find the novels by C.W. Grafton (Sue Grafton's dad). Probably out of print. Old man Grafton was a lawyer, and I liked his books, which had a legal twist to them. They weren't whodunits, but I would not call them hard-boiled, either. Just pretty good reads.

Bye. Randy Krbechek Fresno, CA

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