The #1 Lawyer - James Patterson & Nancy Allen

The #1 Lawyer

By James Patterson & Nancy Allen

  • Release Date: 2024-03-18
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 915 Ratings


Biloxi’s best criminal defense attorney has never lost a case. Then his client’s beautiful wife is murdered, and America’s #1 lawyer suddenly becomes its #1 suspect. 

Stafford Lee Penney is a small-town lawyer with a big-time reputation for winning every case he tries. In his sharp suits and polished Oxford shoes, Penney is Biloxi, Mississippi’s #1 Lawyer and top local celebrity.
Just as Penney notches his latest courtroom victory, his wife is scandalously killed. He spirals into a legal and personal losing streak, damaging his reputation and ruining his career. 
That’s when Penney makes a bold decision. He stops trading on his power-lawyer identity and creates a new one: lawyer lifeguard. Moonlighting at the beach, showing up to court in flip-flops, mentoring a law student, the new Penney is at first unrecognizable. 
It’s said that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. But when Penney is accused of murder, the #1 Lawyer will find a way to triumph. 


  • He did it again.

    By Bobbi1956
    James did a bang up job to keep you interested till the end. Hope he continues to write and keep everyone in suspense.
  • Great read, quite a page turner

    By Nancie820
    Many plot twists and character development keep this going until the very end
  • #1Lawyer

    By surelycharmed
    Definitely a terrific read. Kept me off guard all the way! I even got emotionally involved in the plot! And the end…well SURPRISE!
  • A few twists and turns

    By damadelago
    Good story line, interesting characters and plot.
  • No John Grisham

    By BGHPC
    And to think I was getting bored with Grisham’s work. Patterson and his army of ghost writers can’t hold a candle to him. Flimsy, cutesy writing with ridiculously unrealistic depictions of courtroom action. A page turner only in the sense that I just wanted to get it over with.
  • Classic Patterson.

    By RnbwsFllwRn
    Quick pace, with a great twist for the ending.
  • One of his best

    By Mirage Flyer
    This book was captivating from the onset. Probably one of his best books yet.
  • Great read

    By Mystery gal D
    Couldn’t put it down
  • The Lawyer

    By Halsterx
    3/5 stars Interesting characters. Kind of a fun read. Too convoluted of a plot, like trying to tie two or three stories into one. Hal R - Troy MI
  • Great Book

    By TDaleT
    W O W !!!! Really fast moving and exciting book. The characters are believable and the story was interesting and exciting.