Welcome to my world of legal thrillers! This is a fun place where you’ll find escapes from the real world, and those little escapes are called novels. That’s what I do—I write the things. I hope to transport you into the exciting world of trial lawyers as experienced by me, John Ellsworth, a trial lawyer with forty years of trial experience. But trials aren’t the be-all and end-all of my books. You’ll find that in addition to trials there are compelling stories. And life-size, believable characters. My ability to develop characters that people can love and hate is one of the most often mentioned bits when people leave reviews of my work on Amazon. You can read about my latest offering below. Please, come on in, pull up your favorite chair, put your feet up, take a sip of your favorite coffee, and turn to the first page. 

Legal thrillers sure to satisfy the most demanding readers of legal fiction and lawyer novels. For the fans of John Grisham and Michael Connelly, the novels of John Ellsworth are burning up the Amazon charts with over 500,000 downloads.


Carlos has a sick daughter and needs money. He’s also an upstanding citizen who pays his taxes, puts in his forty hours, doesn’t drink and carouse, and loves his wife. Still…he has nowhere else to turn. So Carlos gets money the old-fashioned way—he robs banks. The money comes pouring in but then a new man joins the crew and everything tumbles downhill. Criminal charges for armed robbery are brought against Carlos in several states and he needs a heavy hitter to defend him.

Carlos calls Michael Gresham for help and the lawyer comes to his aid. But it is going to be the meanest case of Michael’s career, as the prosecutor is a woman who means to jab the death needle in Carlos’ arm and watch him die. And she has the legal chops to do just that. But she has problems of her own–legal problems, big ones.

Full of bank robberies and courtroom action, this novel is sure to satisfy even the most ardent Michael Gresham fan as the trial lawyer walks into a courtroom where the toughest district attorney and the guiltiest client on the West Coast await him.