John Ray Grisham Jr. (born February 8, 1955) is an American novelist, attorney, politician and activist, best known for his popular legal thrillers. His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide.
Grisham graduated from Mississippi State University before attending the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981. He practiced criminal law for about a decade and served in the House of Representatives in Mississippi from January 1984 to September 1990.
His first novel, ”A Time to Kill,” was published in June 1989, four years after he began writing it. As of 2012, his books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide.
Grisham’s first bestseller, ”The Firm”, sold more than seven million copies. The book was adapted into a 1993 feature film of the same name, starring Tom Cruise, and a 2012 TV series which “continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere and his family 10 years after the events of the film and novel.”
Eight of his other novels have also been adapted into films: ”The Chamber”, ”The Client”, ”A Painted House”, ”The Pelican Brief”, ”The Rainmaker”, ”The Runaway Jury”, ”Skipping Christmas”, and ”A Time to Kill”.
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Absolute power – In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night. Because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the President of the United States.
The whole truth: Shaw and Katie James Series, Book 1 – While the head of the world’s largest defense contractor conspires to gain even more riches by instigating a war, an intelligence agent reluctantly travels to keep the world safe, and a journalist receives a mysterious offer to interview the sole survivor of a recent massacre.
The sense of an ending – This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about-until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own….
Double jeopardy: a novel of suspense – Handed a rotten case, a lawyer will risk his life to uncover the truth A young woman is abducted by six men, beaten, raped, and left for dead. She can only identify one of her assailants: Al Moroconi, a tough guy whose links to the attack are only circumstantial. And when Moroconi’s first lawyer is brutally murdered, the court appoints Travis Byrne, an ex-cop turned attorney, to defend him. In a lifetime of bad breaks, this will prove the worst piece…
Naked justice – When the mayor is arrested for murder, Ben Kincaid is the only man who can save him With his winning smile, acting experience, and history as one of the best quarterbacks Oklahoma University has ever seen, Wally Barrett had no trouble becoming Tulsa’s first black mayor. But this perfect politician has a dark side, too. One afternoon at an ice cream parlor, a dozen people watch as he nearly hits his wife during an argument about their children.
The heart of justice – Hope Scott…She’s a beautiful New York heiress who will do anything for love, including pulling strings with a ruthless power broker to advance her husband’s judicial career. But she doesn’t know the hidden price; a blackmail, the rape of her trust fund, and perhaps the ruin of her marriage.
Death penalty: a novel – Eager to jump-start his failing career, alcoholic criminal attorney Charley Sloan defends the infamous Dr. Death, accused of helping patients die, and takes on an appeal for a down-on-his-luck colleague.
Final jeopardy – “Alex Cooper awaken one morning to news of her own brutal murder. Soon, Manhattan’s top sex-crimes prosecutor discovers that the actual victim is film star Isabella Lascar, who had sought refuge at Alex’s private retreat. Now it is up to Alex to find the killer before another victim surfaces.”
Deadfall: a novel – “A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous creatures don’t always have claws and fangs, as Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace know all too well. Predators lurk close to home, and in the aftermath of the shocking assassination…
Double tap – Attorney Paul Madriani defends a soldier on trial for murder and unwittingly steps into a maze of secrets and lies that the government — and even his client — would rather leave undisturbed. Madriani is faced with arcane ballistics evidence, a so-called “double tap” — two bullet wounds tightly grouped to a victim’s head, shots that can only be made by a crack marksman.
The arraignment – Martini crafts yet another legal nail-biter featuring perennial favorite attorney Paul Madriani. After a lawyer friend is killed along with his client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse in San Diego, Madriani takes on another client who he believes is involved at the edges of the double murder. He takes the case not to defend the man, but to find out who killed his friend and why.
The first counsel – Young White House attorney Michael Garrick becomes enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy when he gets too close to Nora Hartson, the president’s sexy daughter, and finds himself on the run, accused of a murder he did not commit.
The tenth justice – A conscientious supreme court clerk. The professionals who share his house. A minor slip-up. Ben Addison, fresh from Yale Law, is a new clerk for one of the Supreme Court’s most respected justices. But when he accidentally reveals the secret outcome of an upcoming decision, a blackmailer makes millions and Ben starts to sweat. Big time. He turns to his co-clerk, Lisa, and his housemates, Nathan, Eric, and Ober, for help.
Suspicion of Innocence – In the first title in the Suspicion series, Suspicion of Innocence, Gail Connor is a fast-rising attorney in a major law firm, about to make partner-until her life is derailed by the discovery of her sister’s murdered body and the quick revelation that Gail herself is the prime suspect. Gail must fight for her life as she gets a firsthand look at the dark underside of the legal system.
The dark of day – High-profile Miami defense attorney C.J. Dunn tries to deflect police interest in Rick Slater, head of security for an influential U.S. congressman, when he’s the last one seen with a woman following a party, but the woman is found dead. Dunn must face a devastaing secret from her past to find the truth.
Everywhere that Mary went: Rosato & Associates Series, Book 1 – Mary DiNunzio is trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She’s too busy to worry about the crank phone calls that she’s been getting–until they fall into a sinister pattern. Mary can’t shake the sensation that someone is watching her. Following her every move. Then the shadowboxing turns deadly, and she has to fight for something a lot more important than a partnership–her life.
Moment of truth – Attorney Jack Newlin comes home one evening to find his wife, Honor, dead on the floor of their elegant dining room. Convinced that he knows who killed her — and determined to hid the truth — Jack decides to make it look as though he did it. Staging the crime scene so that the evidence incriminates him, he then calls the police. And to hammer the final nail in his coffin, he hires the most inexperienced lawyer he can find.
Testimony – “In the bestselling tradition of Presumed Innocent–the 1987 debut novel that made him “one of the major writers in America” (NPR)–comes what may be Scott Turow’s best thriller yet … Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped to examine the disappearance of an entire Gypsy refugee camp–unsolved for ten years–he feels drawn to what…
Reversible errors – Scott Turow’s thrilling drama follows the fate of Rommy Gandolph, an inmate on death row for a triple murder in Kindle County, and the legal friends and foes who hold the keys to his fate. As Rommy nears execution, Arthur Raven, his reluctant court-appointed lawyer, learns of new evidence that may exonerate him. But they run up against Muriel Wynn, Kindle County’s formidable chief deputy prosecuting attorney, and Larry Starczek, the original detective…