The three finalists this year are:
1.) The Wrong Man by David Ellis;
2.) Havana Requiem by Paul Goldstein; and,
3.) Defending Jacob by William Landay.
I am not having a good year for reading on shortlists. I had not read any of the books on the shortlists for the Canadian Arthur Ellis Awards. For the Petrona Award I had read but one of the four books. Once again I have not read any of the books on the shortlist for the Harper Lee Prize. I regret to say I have not read books by any of the shortlist trio.
More information on the books can be found at http://www.law.ua.edu/programs/harper-lee-prize-for-legal-fiction/.
The Selection Committee for the 2013 prize includes:
1.) Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer and winner of the 2012 Harper Lee Prize;
2.) Katie Couric, former CBS News anchor, now host of the syndicated talk show “Katie;”
3.) Morris Dees, Founder and Chief Trial Attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center;
4.) Dr. Sharon Malone, Physician and sister of the late Vivian Malone Jones, one of the first African-American students at the University of Alabama; and,
5.) Richard North Patterson, best selling author of Fall from Grace.
The American Bar Association Journal at
http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/help_pick_the_best_legal_novel_of_the_year_vote_for_one_of_three_harper_lee/ is inviting readers to help pick the winner by voting on which of the books they consider the best.
After the 2011 Prize was won by John Grisham and the 2012 Prize by Michael Connelly I am glad this year lesser known writers of legal fiction comprise the shortlist. I hoped the Prize would only be awarded to the most prominent writers of legal fiction. I know that I am going to look for the books. Because of last year’s shortlist I read Murder One by Robert Dugoni.
The 2013 winner will be announced on July 16.