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10 Books to Read If You Love Watching The Good Fight

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10 Books to Read If You Love Watching <i>The Good Fight</i>

If you loved The Good Wife, chances are you’ve checked out its spin-off show The Good Fight. The series stars Christine Baranski as fan favorite Diane Lockhart and follows her life at a new law firm amidst a financial scandal. So whether you’re caught up on the show or are waiting to watch it (it’s only available on CBS’ streaming service at this time), here’s a list of books that will entertain The Good Fight’s audience.

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blood defense.jpg 1. Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

For fans of: Diane’s new role as an underdog in The Good Fight.

Samantha Brinkman is a defense attorney in Los Angeles struggling to make a name for herself (and a steady income) when a plum case lands on her desk: a TV star has been murdered, and a former cop is accused of committing the crime. Samantha takes on the case, but what she doesn’t realize is that her personal connection to the events might change everything.

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law of attraction.jpg 2. Law of Attraction by Allison Leotta

For fans of: The show’s provocative themes.

Anna Curtis has just risen to the position of Assistant U.S. District Attorney in Washington, DC, and she’s seen her share of domestic violence cases. This latest one, though, has really gotten to her. A woman walks into Anna’s office, but she refuses to tell the truth about her abuse on the stand. A few days later, her body is found. Anna is horrified by this turn of events, and it doesn’t help that her boyfriend is defending the primary suspect.

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unquiet dead.jpg 3. The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

For fans of: The investigation into the hate speech and threats that Diane’s goddaughter, Maia, receives on The Good Fight.

Esa Khattak heads up a department in the Canadian government that solves crimes sensitive to marginalized communities. When the body of a man who might be connected to—or even responsible for—the terrible Srebrenica massacre is found, Khattak and his new partner, Rachel Getty, must discover the truth about the man’s true identity. (This is the first book in the Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak series, whose author holds a PhD in International Human Rights Law.)

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chicago way.jpg 4. The Chicago Way by Michael Harvey

For fans of: The show’s Chicago setting.

Michael Kelly was a Chicago police detective before striking out on his own. But for his latest case, which straddles Chicago’s vibrant daytime community with its seedy night scene, he must utilize all the resources available to him as he investigates a conspiracy surrounding an accused murderer on death row.

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silver girl.jpg 5. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

For fans of: The fallout from the Rindell Ponzi scheme on The Good Fight.

Meredith Delinn lost everything when it was revealed that her husband, Freddie, had been running a Ponzi scheme. Under assault from the media and shunned by her social circle, Meredith flees to Nantucket with her best friend to figure things out and decide where she’s going next.

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wilde lake.png 6. Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

For fans of: The show’s mix of law and politics as Diane’s new firm takes on anti-Trump cases.

Lu Brant, a state’s attorney for Maryland, is hoping to win her next case and secure her political future. But then the case dredges up memories of the past—a fateful night when her brother accidentally killed someone in self-defense. What really happened that night? Was justice actually served?

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defending jacob.jpg 7. Defending Jacob by William Landay

For fans of: The legal thriller twists and turns on The Good Fight.

Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber lives with his wife and son in a sleepy suburb. Life is good, until a young boy’s murder sends shock waves across their community. The accused murderer? Andy’s son, Jacob. Andy believes in his son’s innocence, but mounting evidence forces Andy to decide how far he’s willing to go to protect a son he’s not sure he even knows.

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after i do.jpg 8. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

For fans of: The show’s plotline following Diane’s marital struggles.

Lauren and Ryan are about to go their separate ways in marriage, but before they make an irrevocable decision, they decide on a trial separation. For one year, they will live separate lives and won’t have any contact. Will this be a journey of self-discovery that will ultimately bring the two closer, or will it lead to the end of a marriage that once brought them so much joy?

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the ex.jpg 9. The Ex by Alafair Burke

For fans of: The lawyers’ shifting allegiances on The Good Fight.

Olivia Randall has made a name for herself as a New York City criminal defense lawyer. When she hears that her ex-fiancé, Jack, has been accused of murder, she sees defending him as a chance to rectify an old wrong. Plus, she knows Jack isn’t capable of killing someone…or is he? As the evidence mounts, Olivia begins to wonder if he could be guilty. If he’s not, why is someone so intent on framing Jack for murder?

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killing in the hills.jpg 10. A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller

For fans of: The relationship between Diane and Maia on the show.

When three men are gunned down in a local diner in West Virginia, Carla Elkins, whose mother Bell is the town’s prosecuting attorney, is one of the witnesses. Bell’s relationship with her teen daughter is rocky, so she sees this both as an opportunity to see justice done and as a chance to repair their relationship. But Bell realizes she may be actually making things worse, potentially placing Carla in more danger.

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