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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Teaching with Fiction

A repository of fiction titles for teaching across disciplines.

Suggested titles

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: The book is about a criminal trial in the 1930’s that involves racism in the South.

The Trial by Franz Kafka: This is a philosophical book that discusses the basics of justice and fairness.

Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose: Discusses criminal cases and the whole jury process involved in trying those cases.


Crime, Mafia and Gangsters: Crime Fiction: A guide from the Lloyd Sealy Library.