J is for (Books About) Justice #atozchallenge

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I love a good crime thriller. Bonus points if it probes questions of right and wrong, of justice vs. law. (Because sometimes those things aren’t the same.) Here’s a list of some books about justice that I love.

To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (literary): I only read this a few years ago, and I’m so mad that my school didn’t require it. It’s a fantastic story about the child of a lawyer, and how she follows the case of a black man accused of raping a young woman. It’s got all those interesting layers of questions about right and wrong, the way people’s assumptions influence how they think about the world, all filtered through the eyes of an interesting child. And it’s actually enjoyable to read.

A Time To Kill, by John Grisham (crime thriller): When his 10-year-old daughter is raped by white men and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be justice, Carl Lee (a black man) kills them. Everyone hates pedophiles, and so it’s easy for most of us to understand why a father would kill the animals who hurt his daughter like that. This book is a fascinating thrill ride, complete with interesting drama both in and out of the courtroom. It made me think about what justice looks like in a situation like this, and if justice even exists.

Presumed Innocent, by Scott Turow (crime thriller): The movie was good, but the book was better. Rusty is trying to solve the mystery of who killed Carolyn, the coworker he was having an affair with. When the affair comes out, he’s accused of the murder. The twist at the end was amazing. I read this book as a teenager, and I still think about it from time to time.

In Death books, by JD Robb (sci-fi crime thriller): This is a 40+ book series, starting with Naked In Death. It’s 2059, and Eve Dallas is a homicide cop in New York City. She hunts down bad guys and sometimes dispenses her own brand of justice. Each book is a self-contained “murder of the week” along with amazing character development and often interesting subplots about Dallas’s friends and family. She has a rigid definition of right and wrong, and it’s always interesting to see her go up against other characters, both personally and professionally, who have more flexible morals. While you don’t have to start at the beginning, I definitely would. It’s fun to watch how Dallas grows and changes.

I really like crime novels and crime shows, so this list could go on and on and on. But I made myself keep it relatively short. What books about justice do you love?

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