The three finalists for the 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction have been announced by the ABA Journal and the University of Alabama Law School, co-sponsors of the Harper Lee Prize. They are Ronald H. Balson for Once We Were Brothers, John Grisham for Sycamore Row, and Elizabeth Strout for The Burgess Boys.
You can help choose the winner by voting for your favorite. Voting is open through June 30, and the winner will be honored on August 28 at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
This is the fourth year for the prize. Inspired by Lee’s resolute lawyer/hero Atticus Finch, it is given annually to a book-length work of fiction published in the preceding year that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society. Previous winners include John Grisham, for The Confession (2011), Michael Connelly for The Fifth Witness (2012), and Paul Goldstein for Havana Requiem (2013).