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A Painted House
Seven year old Luke Chandler lives with his parents and grandparents on a cotton farm in Arkansas in the 1950's. They are struggling to pay off debts on the farm, yet must find workers to pick the large cotton crop. If they don't pay the going rate, the hill people and Mexicans looking for work will go to a farm that certainly will. Pappy, Luke's grandfather is a tough but fair man, and he manages to find a family from the hills, who will camp in the fro...
A Time To Kill
Grisham's first novel centers around a white lawyer fresh out of law school and struggling to pay the bills comes to be council for Carl Lee, the father of a young girl, Tonya, who was sexually assaulted, raped, beaten, and left for dead by two backwoods hicks. Carl Lee decides to take the "law into his own hands" and eradicate the two criminals who are white and will most likely be let out with a small tap on the wrist. Throughout the novel, Jake and Ca...
Skipping Christmas
Skipping Christmas is a wonderfully humorous book, looking at our often and seemingly "materialistic" Christmas traditions. This is not your typical Grisham novel, in the sense that it is missing the incredible legal twist, detail and drama. Instead, this book is light, airy, hilarious, and pokes great fun at how most of America runs around crazy during the holiday season. I really liked this book, could not put it down, and found myself laughing at the ...
Sycamore Row
Seth Hubbard, a millionaire suffering from late stage lung cancer, hangs himself from a sycamore tree, leaving a hand-written will leaving the majority of his estate to his maid, Lettie Lang, who nursed him through his final days on earth. Some 25 real-world years after John Grisham's first novel, he takes us back to Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi. Three book years after Jake Brigance successfully defended a black man accused of murdering the three ...

Grisham booklist

The Bleachers
Neely Crenshaw ate, sleep, and was football. From the time he was in 6th grade his hopes and dreams were to become the greatest and Coach Eddie Rake was going to get him there. Coach Rake was not an easy coach to deal with. He was hard on his boys and because of it they won many, many games. After an altercation in the locker room at half time at a high school title game, where Coach Rake backhanded Neely, his star quarterback, and Neely knocked him...
The Brethren
Three judges in prison devise a blackmail scam, one of the victims being a presidential candidate....
The Broker
After serving six years in jail for numerous crimes, power broker Joel Backman is suddenly pardoned by an outgoing president under demand of the CIA. Joel is released from jail, but must now agree to live in Italy under a new name and a new identity while closely being guarded by a secret agent named Luigi. Although there is no hint of why Joel is living in Italy, we eventually get to know that he was involved in the sale of an illegal satellite system. ...
The Chamber
Sam Cayhall is to be tried for the third time for the murders of two young men who were killed when he allegedly bombed their father's law office. The first two trials resulted in a hung jury. He stays there for years to come until his grandson tries to get him off of death row.This time, twelve years after the event, the prosecution feels more confident. The jury is not all white. Cayhall was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and the time and pla...
The Client
An eleven-year-old has discovered a secret that not even an adult should know. Mark Sway, the 'little punk ', ' street savvy ' kid is on an adventure. A US state senator is dead, and Mark Sway is the only one who knows where the body is hidden. A kid who knows too much ? maybe. The FBI want him to tell them where it is at whatever cost to Mark and his family. The killer wants him silenced forever.Only one lawyer can save him from these twin threats. Toge...
The Firm
Mitch McDeere graduates third in his class at Harvard Law School. He looks like he's headed for Wall Street or Washington D.C. He surprisingly joins a firm in Memphis, Bendini, Lambert, and Locke. They offer him a BMW, nice money, and a house. It's going to be great. Then, two of the partners die in a diving accident in Grand Cayman. One of the firm's proudest things is that no one has ever resigned. Mitch thinks it's a little suspicious. Then, one night...

John Grisham list of books

The Innocent Man (Thriller/Action)
Two men, Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz, are wrongfully accused of murder and rape. Why is unclear, but for five years they are the main suspects. One person, Glen Gore, that was actually seen with the murdered girl slips through the cracks and for a period of time is not even thought about until a new doctor submits new medical evidence and DNA is taken from him that puts him as the scene with the girl Debra Carter. The only problem is proving the m...
The Innocent Man (Biography)
This story is about Ron Williamson, a man falsely accused of murder. The story follows his life from a brush with professional baseball, to an increasing mental illness, to a false arrest, conviction and death row sentence. It concludes with his release from prison and continues until Ron's death from failed health. The story also follows, in much less detail, others around Ron like his sister and lawyers and other inmates. The stories main focu...
The King of Torts
Clay Carter, a public defender, does not like his job. He comes in every day and defends poor people that everyone knows are guilty. He takes a case of a young man charged with murder. It was just a random street killing. When he starts digging, he finds out that the reason the young man killed the guy could have been because of a medication. He then gets in the middle of a difficult case against one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. ...
The Last Juror
After borrowing money from a relative, Willie bought his Mississippi town's local newpaper. Through good journalism, popular obitutaries, and increasing ad sales, Willie turned the bankrupt paper into a small fortune. Willie ran a story about an African American family, where almost all the sons and daughter became Phds. He immediately befriended the mother of the family, and she invited Willie over to several mouth-watering dinners. One of the...
The Partner
A crooked lawyer steals ninety million dollars from his own law firm. Now he has been found, after four years, in the Brazilian jungle. The main character, Patrick, is caught up in his own lies....
The Pelican Brief
The book begins with the assassination of two Supreme Court Justices, by the names of Rosenberg and Jensen. The general populace can see no connection between the two, nor can they speculate as to why either would be killed--Rosenberg was rapidly approaching death by natural causes, and Jensen had never seemed to be too opinionated. The FBI is baffled; the Oval Office is in a state of chaotic stress. The list of suspects seems far too obvious, and pro...

John Grisham novels

The Rainmaker
In one of his last classes in law school, Rudy Baylor has to go to senior citizens and provide free legal advice. He finds two people named Dot and Buddy Black. They have a son named Donny Ray. He is dying of leukemia. Their insurance company will not cover his medical treatments. Rudy realizes that they have been mistreated by the drug combany. Could this be the largest civil case ever? He goes head to head with one of the best lawyers in the country. C...
The Runaway Jury
This is an excellent book for people who love books which include courtroom scenes. In this book the main topic is a tobacco lawsuit. The twelve jurors are people who have been manipulated a lot. The lawyers for both sides will do anything for a verdict in their favor in this book. ...
The Street Lawyer
Michael Brock is a lawyer working his way to the top in the Drake & Sweeny law firm. His fast paced life kept him going not realizing how much he missed out on. Until the day he was held as a hostage at his own workplace with of coworkers by a homeless guy, not knowing what he wanted or what would happen. After several hours the homeless guy was shot by a police sniper, which scared everyone. Michael was the closet to the guy and for a seco...
The Summons
Judge Atlee is the last of a long line of southern gentlemen. He is estranged from his two sons. One is a law professor at Virginia University, the other a high school jock druggie. The dying judge has summoned his two children to return home. The elder son, professor Atlee, was recently dumped by his ex-wife for a man with millions. He had left home after college to escape his tyranical father. Having received the summons, the professor now return...
The Testament
This book begins with a very rich man signing his will. He has six children and several ex-wives. The family employ three psychiatrist to judge he is of sound mind and the whole procedure is taped. Immediately after the taping Troy Phelan presents his lawyers with a will he has written himself, which supersedes the previous will, he signs it and jumps through a window. His estate, all thirteen billion dollars is left to an illegitimate daughter who ...


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