Justice Denoted: The Legal Thriller in American, British, and Continental Courtroom Literature

Justice Denoted: The Legal Thriller in American, British, and Continental Courtroom Literature

Justice Denoted: The Legal Thriller in American, British, and Continental Courtroom Literature

Justice Denoted: The Legal Thriller in American, British, and Continental Courtroom Literature

Synopsis

White provides the most comprehensive scholarly compilation of fictional work of legal suspense in existence. Almost 2,000 annotations and biographical synopses of major American, British, and European authors make this a unique reference work and essential acquisition for both the scholar of popular culture and the general reader. In addition, its appendices--such as Series Characters, References, and Craft Notes by novelists and trial lawyers--are certain to make this the definitive source of reference for courtroom drama in English or translation.

Excerpt

“What kind of man are you? You have sat here and voted guilty along with everyone else because there are some theater tickets burning a hole in your pocket.”

—George Voskovec (Juror No. 11) to Paul
Hartmann (Juror No. 7) in Reginald Rose s
Twelve Angry Men

“Every person who comes through my door wants one of two things: either they want me to take something away from somebody else or they want me to keep somebody from taking something away from them.”

—Kemp Scales, Attorney-at-Law, Titusville,
PA

He who goes to law holds a wolf by the ears.

—Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy

Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

—Luke (11.46)

“The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.”

—Dick the Butcher in II Henry VI (Act 4. sc.
2) by William Shakespeare

“Why does a hearse horse snicker/Hauling a lawyer away?”

—Carl Sandburg's “The Lawyers Know Too
Much”

“The lawyers know a dead man's thoughts too well.”

—Carl Sandburg, quoted as title of Carolyn
Wheat's Dead Man's Thoughts

The lawyer's truth is not truth, but consistency, or a consistent expediency.

—Henry David Thoreau “On the Duty of
Civil Disobedience”

Sanctus Yves erat Brito Advocatus sed non latro Res miranda populo

{St. Ives was a Breton, a lawyer but no thief—An astonishment to the people.}

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