John Grisham, born in
However, the day he finished this novel, he had started his new work, based on an attorney inducted to a corrupt law firm, with connections to Mafia groups. This story, titled The Firm, came out to be the seventh best seller for the year 1991. That was just the beginning.
More than forty weeks in bestseller list, The Firm made a fortune for Grisham and allowed him to quit his job as attorney to concentrate on full time writing. His later products were all bestsellers, and in a row, his five novels became the topmost best sellers. And Publishers’ Weekly ranked him as the “Best selling novelist of the 90’s.”
After the success of his third novel, The Pelican Brief, A Time to Kill was republished, this time to be a terrifically successful best-seller. Yes, the name speaks for itself! Besides these, almost all of his novels have been adapted into film, and they have been successful films as well. Tom Cruise played many top roles.
Grisham is an enthusiast in baseball, and if you read A Painted House, Bleachers, etc., you will see this passion in action. In 1996, Grisham reappeared in courtroom to represent a client to whom he had made a commitment before retiring from law as a writer. And as his characters in legal thrillers, he successfully argued the case and won it for his client. He earned a jury award of $683,500.
The Firm, the first Grisham novel I read, is a wonderful read all by itself, in terms of suspense, thrill, and legal aspects. It’s about Mitchell McDeere (Tom Cruise played the part in the film), a law school fresher, who gets recruited by a Memphis-based corrupt law firm. Though maintains low profile, the law firm offers him the highest salary he could get as a tax lawyer. After some initial incidents that take lives of his coworkers, Mitchell realizes the dangerous intents of his firm. He decides to go against it. In the later parts, FBI plays significant parts, while he and his wife work out plans to overthrow the firm. Altogether, it’s a brilliant read.
Here is a list of Grisham works you should read.
The Innocent Man: His sole nonfiction
The Street Lawyer : Must read!
The Firm : Must read!
The Pelican Brief : Must read!
If I missed anything, please let me know by commenting.
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