Michael Connelly has won the 2nd annual Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction, according to the ABA Journal. Connelly’s legal thriller, The Fifth Witness, which debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list, features his recurring character, maverick Los Angeles lawyer Mickey Haller (whom you’ll recognize from The Lincoln Lawyer). This time, Haller is representing a woman accused of killing a banker who’s threatened to take her home away.
The two other finalists were Robert Dugoni, author of Murder One, and David Ellis, author of Breach of Trust.
This year’s Harper Lee Prize Selection Committee included best-selling novelist Linda Fairstein, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, best-selling novelist Lisa Scottoline, NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and Fox News political analyst Juan Williams.
The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction was created in 2011 by the University of Alabama and the ABA Journal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird and to honor its author (former Alabama Law student) Harper Lee.
Connelly will receive the prize at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., this September, during the National Book Festival there, an annual event sponsored by the Library of Congress.
The Fifth Witness
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (April 5, 2011)
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