JOSEPH FINDER likes to say that his plan after college was to become a spy. Instead, he’s one of the country’s preeminent thriller writers, celebrating 25 years since his breakout novel, The Moscow Club. That quarter of a century not only found Finder a stalwart on best-seller lists, but also saw an evolution in his work. From his early Russian espionage novels, to the inventive series featuring “private spy” Nick Heller, to his recent stand-alone novels with strong familial themes, the Yale– and Harvard–educated author has managed to keep his stories smart and fresh.

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My son Jake, a high school senior who soon leaves for college to pursue his love of journalism and English literature, is the most well read person I know. Having misspent my own youth, I’ve taken to reading whatever’s on Jake’s bedside table—to try in these last days while he’s under my roof to better connect with him, to see where his heart and mind are at this exciting time in his life. So, that recently led me to The Great Gatsby.

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Anatomy of a Murder, Presumed Innocent, The Firm. Most legal fiction top 10 lists include one or more of these recognizable titles. But what about more recent fare? After all, it’s been more than 55 years since Harper Lee introduced us to Atticus, and more than 25 years since the name “Grisham” became synonymous with the legal thriller. To compile a more recent collection, I enlisted the help of some fellow lawyer-authors—10 of the best in the business—to identify their favorite law novels published in the past 10 years.

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