The author of a new book about a 2007 Vioxx trial in New Jersey had a unique perspective, since she was embedded on Houston lawyer Mark Lanier’s legal team. “I gave her complete backstage access to what we do and how we do it,” says Lanier, the well-known plaintiffs lawyer with the Lanier Law Firm.

Author Snigdha Prakash of Washington, D.C., a former National Public Radio reporter, says she quit her reporting job to write a book about Vioxx, and ended up focusing on the trial because “I realized that trial itself had been so absorbing that it had become the book.”