TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A best-selling suspense author from Florida is this year's winner of an award named for the late Alabama novelist Harper Lee.

The University of Alabama Law School and the American Bar Association Journal announced that James Grippando will receive the 2017 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his book "Gone Again."

The prize recognizes fictional books that best depict the role of attorneys in bringing about change in society.

Grippando is a Fort Lauderdale attorney and author who writes about the fictional attorney Jack Swyteck, who is dedicated to bringing about social justice.

Grippando says winning the Harper Lee Prize is the proudest moment of his dual career.

The award started seven years ago to mark the 50th anniversary of Lee's landmark novel "To Kill a Mockingbird."