James Grippando won the award for his book Gone Again, the 12th in the Jack Swyteck series, about the adventures of a Miami criminal defense attorney. The novel opens with Swyteck being approached to help stop the execution of a convicted murderer—by the mother of the purported victim, who believes her daughter may still be alive.
Gone Again was one of three finalists for the prize. The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult were also nominated. Grippando, Moore and Picoult recently appeared in an episode of the Modern Law Library podcast to discuss their nominations.
Many lawyers write legal fiction thrillers. For some great reads, see the works of these attorney authors: