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John Grisham

Author of A Time to Kill

307+ Works 254,397 Members 4,223 Reviews 451 Favorited

About the Author

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 show more 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) show less

Series

Works by John Grisham

A Time to Kill (1989) 12,496 copies
The Firm (1991) 11,525 copies
The Pelican Brief (1992) 11,073 copies
The Client (1993) 10,681 copies
The Runaway Jury (1996) 10,457 copies
The Rainmaker (1995) 10,156 copies
The Testament (1999) 10,134 copies
The Partner (1997) 9,522 copies
The Street Lawyer (1998) 9,446 copies
A Painted House (2001) 9,349 copies
The Brethren (2000) 9,255 copies
The Broker (2005) 9,193 copies
The Chamber (1994) 8,746 copies
The Summons (2002) 8,480 copies
The Last Juror (2004) 8,351 copies
The King of Torts (2003) 8,286 copies
Skipping Christmas (2001) 6,596 copies
The Appeal (2008) 6,566 copies
Bleachers (2003) 5,143 copies
The Associate (2009) 5,101 copies
Playing for Pizza (2007) 4,684 copies
The Confession (2010) 4,462 copies
The Litigators (2011) 4,080 copies
Sycamore Row (2013) 4,067 copies
The Racketeer (2012) 3,885 copies
Gray Mountain (2014) 3,282 copies
The Whistler (2016) 3,011 copies
Camino Island (2017) 2,910 copies
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (2010) 2,907 copies
Ford County: Stories (2009) 2,878 copies
Rogue Lawyer (2015) 2,707 copies
The Rooster Bar (2017) 2,434 copies
The Reckoning (2018) 2,221 copies
Calico Joe (2012) 2,007 copies
The Guardians (2019) 2,004 copies
Theodore Boone: The Abduction (2011) 1,652 copies
A Time for Mercy (2020) 1,639 copies
The Judge's List (2021) 1,512 copies
Camino Winds (2020) 1,431 copies
Theodore Boone: The Accused (2012) 1,148 copies
The Boys from Biloxi (2022) 1,065 copies
Sooley (2022) 935 copies
Theodore Boone: The Activist (2013) 841 copies
Sparring Partners (2022) 798 copies
The Exchange: After The Firm (2023) 696 copies
Theodore Boone: The Fugitive (2015) 563 copies
Theodore Boone: The Scandal (2016) 492 copies
The Client {Penguin Readers ∙ Level 4} (1996) — Original Author — 265 copies
The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller (2015) — Author — 228 copies
A Time to Kill [1996 film] (1996) — Novel and Producer — 189 copies
A Painted House [Abridged] (2001) 55 copies
A Time to Kill {abridged} (1992) 44 copies
Camino Ghosts (2024) 32 copies
The Client {and} The Firm (1994) 24 copies
The WaveDancer Benefit (2002) 22 copies
Theodore Boone box set (2013) 20 copies
Mickey: A Family Story [film] (2004) — Screenwriter — 19 copies
A Time to Kill, Part 2 (1993) 17 copies
[unidentified works] (1989) 15 copies
PLPR6:Runaway Jury, The RLA (2008) 11 copies
A Time to Kill, Part 1 (1993) 11 copies
Los adversarios (2023) 7 copies
The Chamber (Part 2 of 2) (1995) 6 copies
Le droit au pardon (2023) 6 copies
The Chamber (Part 1 of 2) (1995) 5 copies
Lo scambio (2023) 4 copies
Sooley (2021) 4 copies
Gli avversari (2022) 3 copies
La Chance d'une vie (2022) 2 copies
O Ativista (2016) 2 copies
Rain-maker (1983) 2 copies
Casino (2011) 2 copies
L'ultima storia (2020) 2 copies
Fish files (2011) 2 copies
Negustorul De Manuscrise (2019) 2 copies
THE CHAMBER 2 copies
Feinde 2 copies
The Firm (abridged) (1991) 1 copy
Sooley r 1 copy
Den siste dagen (2021) 1 copy
The King of Torts, The Last Juror (2012) — Author — 1 copy
The Firm r 1 copy
Das Fest (2005) 1 copy
The appeal 1 copy
NDERMJETESI 1 copy
RREFIMI 1 copy
Väktarna (2021) 1 copy
Lain molemmin puolin (2023) 1 copy
Son nom sur la liste (2023) 1 copy
The Appeal r 1 copy
The Broker r 1 copy
John Grisham (1994) 1 copy
Die Truhe - 36 CD's (2005) 1 copy
Baseball Playbook (1985) 1 copy
The man from the fog (2015) 1 copy
Thai 1 copy
Ingerii Dreptatii (2020) 1 copy
A LAW unto HIMSELF (2011) 1 copy
Suspended Terror (2017) 1 copy
Quiet haven (2011) 1 copy
Funny boy (2011) 1 copy
Spoločník (2009) 1 copy
confesion la (2011) 1 copy
Pritožba 1 copy
Tuomarin lista (2022) 1 copy
Osamělý střelec (2016) 1 copy
Thanai khang thanon (2022) 1 copy
O Rapto 1 copy
Informators : romāns (2018) 1 copy

Associated Works

Firestarter (1980) — Introduction, some editions — 9,524 copies
The Pelican Brief [1993 film] (1993) — Original novel — 255 copies
Christmas with the Kranks [2004 film] (2004) — Author — 226 copies
Runaway Jury [2003 film] (2004) — Original novel — 215 copies
The Firm [1993 film] (1993) — Author — 188 copies
Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel (2022) — Contributor — 185 copies
The Client [1994 film] (1994) — Original novel — 168 copies
The Rainmaker [1997 film] (1998) — Original book — 157 copies
Legal Briefs (1998) — Contributor; Author — 98 copies
Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court (2009) — Foreword — 76 copies
Delta Blues (2009) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Gingerbread Man [1998 film] (2002) — Author — 31 copies
The Mammoth Book of Legal Thrillers (2001) — Contributor — 19 copies
A Painted House [2003 TV movie] (2003) — Author, some editions — 11 copies

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John Grisham's "The Confession." - his most Christian book yet. in Progressive Christianity (August 2012)

Reviews

This was a surprisingly dull book with a predictable plot that unfolded over many pages. Thankfully, the CIA shenanigans kept me entertained and Teddy Maynard quickly became my favourite character. I'm also uncomfortable by the patently immoral ending: this is the second of Grisham's that I've read where ethics are sacrificed for the story. In this case, I was not entertained.
I will say, though, it's amazing that the book was published before 9/11. Grisham certainly has the pulse on current events and all but predicted the terrible attacks. In this sense, it is a fascinating read of politics and backroom manipulations.… (more)
 
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Cecilturtle | 76 other reviews | May 24, 2024 |
It was nice to go back to the island again, even if Bruce is a slightly less compelling or like able protagonist than Mercer was. Some parts worked, some didn’t, I’d read the next one because I like the Camino “world” quite a bit.
 
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zhoud2005 | 112 other reviews | May 19, 2024 |
Quit reading after a particularly sickening violent section, but went back & finished later. Certainly not one of my favourite Grishams.
 
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Works
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Members
254,397
Popularity
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Rating
½ 3.6
Reviews
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ISBNs
4,157
Languages
38
Favorited
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