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John Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on February 8, 1955. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Mississippi State University. He was admitted to the bar in Mississippi in 1981 after receiving a law degree from the University of Mississippi, specializing in criminal law. While a lawyer in private practice in Southaven, Mississippi, Grisham served as a Democrat in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1983 until 1990. He left the law and politics to become a full-time author. His first novel, A Time to Kill, was published in 1989. His other novels include The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza, The Appeal, Calico Joe, The Racketeer, Gray Mountain, Rogue Lawyer, The Confession, The Litigators, The Whistler, Camino Island, The Rooster Bar, and the Theodore Boone series. Several of his novels were adapted into films including The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas. (Bowker Author Biography)
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A Time to Kill 11,116 copies, 138 reviews
The Firm 10,533 copies, 99 reviews
The Pelican Brief 10,143 copies, 73 reviews
The Client 9,722 copies, 71 reviews
The Runaway Jury 9,376 copies, 64 reviews
The Rainmaker 9,297 copies, 60 reviews
The Testament 9,198 copies, 89 reviews
The Partner 8,693 copies, 67 reviews
The Street Lawyer 8,557 copies, 86 reviews
A Painted House 8,519 copies, 106 reviews
The Broker 8,359 copies, 106 reviews
The Brethren 8,357 copies, 72 reviews
The Chamber 7,906 copies, 52 reviews
The Last Juror 7,604 copies, 91 reviews
The Summons 7,553 copies, 70 reviews
The King of Torts 7,463 copies, 67 reviews
The Innocent Man 7,090 copies, 148 reviews
Skipping Christmas 5,876 copies, 139 reviews
The Appeal 5,426 copies, 136 reviews
Bleachers 4,612 copies, 64 reviews
The Associate 4,536 copies, 115 reviews
Playing for Pizza 4,184 copies, 117 reviews
The Confession: A Novel 3,851 copies, 134 reviews
The Litigators 3,485 copies, 113 reviews
Sycamore Row 3,365 copies, 150 reviews
The Racketeer 3,261 copies, 121 reviews
Gray Mountain: A Novel 2,654 copies, 121 reviews
Ford County: Stories 2,454 copies, 86 reviews
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer 2,370 copies, 80 reviews
The Whistler 2,240 copies, 85 reviews
Camino Island: A Novel 2,215 copies, 103 reviews
Rogue Lawyer 2,146 copies, 104 reviews
The Firm {Penguin Readers, Level 5} 1,844 copies, 18 reviews
The Rooster Bar 1,795 copies, 74 reviews
Calico Joe 1,684 copies, 90 reviews
The Reckoning 1,546 copies, 78 reviews
The Guardians 1,332 copies, 61 reviews
Theodore Boone: The Abduction 1,282 copies, 25 reviews
A Time for Mercy 947 copies, 33 reviews
Camino Winds 902 copies, 40 reviews
Theodore Boone: The Accused 877 copies, 13 reviews
Theodore Boone: The Activist 631 copies, 8 reviews
The Judge's List 619 copies, 22 reviews
Sooley 508 copies, 23 reviews
Theodore Boone: The Fugitive 404 copies, 3 reviews
The Appeal: A Novel 395 copies, 5 reviews
Theodore Boone: The Scandal 350 copies, 6 reviews
The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller (Author) 183 copies, 15 reviews
A Time to Kill [1996 film] (Novel and Producer) 170 copies, 2 reviews
Witness to a Trial [short story] 153 copies, 12 reviews
Theodore Boone: The Accomplice 110 copies, 2 reviews
A Time to Kill {abridged} 42 copies, 2 reviews
The Summons {and} The Brethren 24 copies, 1 review
The WaveDancer Benefit 20 copies, 1 review
Mickey: A Family Story [film] (Screenwriter) 15 copies
The Accused 3 copies
Aguliadvokaat 2 copies
Sin Salida 1 copy
Sterspeler 1 copy
Juri 1 copy
Tvrtka 1 copy
Cudotvorac 1 copy
Thai 1 copy
Runaway Jury [2003 film] (Original novel) 170 copies, 1 review
The Pelican Brief [1993 film] (Original novel) 168 copies, 3 reviews
The Firm [1993 film] (Author) 149 copies, 1 review
The Client [1994 film] (Original novel) 130 copies
The Rainmaker [1997 film] (Original book) 129 copies, 2 reviews
Legal Briefs (Contributor) 83 copies, 1 review
Delta Blues (Contributor) 48 copies
The Mammoth Book of Legal Thrillers (Contributor) 17 copies
A Painted House [2003 TV movie] (Author, some editions) 9 copies

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