Best Selling Paperback Books by John Grisham

John Grisham is the author of The Guardians (2019), The Partner (1998), The Runaway Jury (1996), A Time to Kill (2004), The Confession (2012) and other 107 books.

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The Guardians

release date: Oct 15, 2019
The Guardians
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Terrific . . . affecting . . . Grisham has done it again.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s. Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence. But no one was listening. He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister. Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time. Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated. They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought. “A suspenseful thriller mixed with powerful themes.”—Associated Press “[John Grisham’s] authorial prowess glows again in this riveting tale.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star

The Partner

release date: Jan 01, 1998
The Partner
Thought killed in a car accident four years earlier, Patrick Lanigan is discovered living in Brazil under the name of Danilo Silva and presumably in possession of millions of dollars missing from his former firm''s offshore account

The Runaway Jury

release date: Jan 01, 1996
The Runaway Jury
A member of the jury for the century''s most explosive trial against a giant tobacco company, Juror #2, a mysterious man with a past and a hidden agenda, joins forces with a beautiful woman on the outside to get the verdict he wants, no matter what the cost. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

A Time to Kill

release date: Jan 01, 2004
A Time to Kill
Criminal lawyer Jake Brigance faces the fight of his life when he is asked to defend Carl Hailey, who, in a rage of anger, shot and killed the men on trial for the rape of his daughter.

The Confession

release date: Jan 01, 2012
The Confession
Recent parolee Travis Boyette, who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor, confesses that he committed a murder nine years earlier for which another man awaits execution, but finds it difficult to convince the justice system of its error.

A Time to Kill

release date: Mar 16, 2010
A Time to Kill
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The master of the legal thriller probes the savage depths of racial violence in this searing courtroom drama featuring the beloved Jake Brigance. “John Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer The life of a ten-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless white men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime—until the girl’s father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own hands. For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life—and then his own. Don’t miss any of John Grisham’s gripping Jake Brigance novels: A TIME TO KILL • SYCAMORE ROW • A TIME FOR MERCY

The Firm

release date: Jan 01, 2009
The Firm
Originally published: [New York]: Doubleday, 1991.

The Rainmaker

release date: Jan 01, 2005
The Rainmaker
Abandoning his aspirations about living the good life, novice Memphis lawyer Rudy Baylor fears he will lose everything in the face of a pivotal case that could cost him his life or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land as he stumbles upon a huge case of insurance fraud in which he must go head to head with one of the most powerful defense attorneys and industries in America. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

The Litigators

release date: Jan 01, 2012
The Litigators
The best-selling author of The Confession and The Appeal presents a latest legal thriller in which high-stakes courtroom tensions lead up to an explosive, unorthodox conclusion. A best-selling novel. Reprint.

The Associate

release date: May 01, 2011
The Associate
Promising law school graduate Kyle McAvoy harbors a secret that falls into the hands of some unscrupulous characters who blackmail him into taking a job with a prestigious law firm, where he participates in a scheme that can land him in prison or get himkilled.

The Broker

release date: Jan 01, 2006
The Broker
After being abruptly pardoned by a lame duck president, a notorious former Washington powerbroker is released from prison and smuggled out of the country, given a new identity, and hidden in a small town in Italy, but old enemies from the past are out to destroy him and his new life. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Calico Joe

release date: Apr 10, 2012
Calico Joe
“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “An enjoyable, heartwarming read that’s not just for baseball fans.”—USA Today “Grisham has hit a home run. . . . Calico Joe is a great read, a lyrical ode to baseball, small-town America, youthful innocence and a young boy’s search for heroes.”—The Buffalo News “[A] pleasure . . . Suffice to say [Grisham] knows his way around the ballpark as well as he does a courtroom.”—The Washington Times Includes an excerpt of John Grisham’s The Racketeer

Bleachers

release date: Dec 27, 2011
Bleachers
From the best-selling author of The Painted House, The Pelican Brief, and The Firm comes a nostalgic novel about high school football in a small Texas town, a place in which football has become a religion. Reprint.

Camino Winds

release date: Feb 23, 2021
Camino Winds
#1 NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER * \"The perfect crime scene . . . in the type of wild but smart caper that Grisham''s readers love.\"--Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing \"Escapist entertainment . . . with elements of a more traditional Grisham thriller.\"--Janet Maslin, The New York Times Just as Bruce Cable''s Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann, Hurricane Leo veers from its predicted course and heads straight for Camino Island. Florida''s governor orders a mandatory evacuation, and most residents board up their houses and flee to the mainland, but Bruce decides to stay and ride out the storm. The hurricane is devastating: Homes and condos are leveled, hotels and storefronts ruined, streets flooded--and a dozen people lose their lives. One of the apparent victims is Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce''s and an author of thrillers. But the nature of Nelson''s injuries suggests that the storm wasn''t the cause of his death: He has suffered several suspicious blows to the head. Who would want Nelson dead? The local police are overwhelmed in the aftermath of the storm and ill-equipped to handle the case. Bruce begins to wonder if the shady characters in Nelson''s novels might be more real than fictional. And somewhere on Nelson''s computer is the manuscript of his new book. Could the key to the case be right there--in black and white? As Bruce starts to investigate, what he discovers between the lines is more shocking than any of Nelson''s plot twists--and far more dangerous.

The Reckoning

release date: Jun 18, 2019
The Reckoning
#1 bestselling author John Grisham''s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet. \"A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga . . . The Reckoning is Grisham''s argument that he''s not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.\"--USA Today October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi''s favorite son--a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime. Pete''s only statement about it--to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family--was: \"I have nothing to say.\" He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave. In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete''s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham''s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page. Praise for The Reckoning \"The quest for justice is only the beginning in this Southern family saga. . . . [Grisham] does so much more this time around.\"--Akron Beacon Journal \"John Grisham is not only the master of suspense but also an acute observer of the human condition. And these remarkable skills converge in The Reckoning--an original, gripping, penetrating novel that may be his greatest work yet.\"--David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon \"John Grisham is the master of legal fiction, and his latest starts with a literal bang -- and then travels backward through the horrors of war to explore what makes a hero, what makes a villain, and how thin the line between the two might be.\"--Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things

A Time for Mercy

release date: Oct 13, 2020
A Time for Mercy
Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that The New York Times says is \"riveting\" and \"suspenseful.\" Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line. In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart. Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet. There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

The Appeal

release date: Jan 31, 2012
The Appeal
The author of such best-selling legal thrillers as A Time to Kill, The Last Juror, and The Brethren presents his latest novel of courtroom and legal suspense as he offers a provocative look at the price of American justice in the story of a ruthless Wall Street tycoon out to rig a state supreme court to get the result he wants during an appeal. Reprint.

The Whistler

release date: Jul 11, 2017
The Whistler
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A high-stakes thrill ride through the darkest corners of the Sunshine State, from the author hailed as \"the best thriller writer alive\" by Ken Follett We expect our judges to be honest and wise. Their integrity is the bedrock of the entire judicial system. We trust them to ensure fair trials, to protect the rights of all litigants, to punish those who do wrong, and to oversee the flow of justice. But what happens when a judge bends the law or takes a bribe? Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. It is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout United States history. And now he wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. When the case is assigned to Lacy, she immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous. Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else. Praise for The Whistler \"[A] main character [who''s] a seriously appealing woman . . . a whistle-blower who secretly calls attention to corruption . . . a strong and frightening sense of place . . . [John Grisham''s] on his game.\"--Janet Maslin, The New York Times \"[John Grisham is] our guide to the byways and backwaters of our legal system, superb in particular at ferreting out its vulnerabilities and dramatizing their abuse in gripping style.\"--USA Today \"Riveting . . . an elaborate conspiracy.\"--The New York Times Book Review

The Innocent Man

release date: Mar 01, 2012
The Innocent Man
Presents the real-life case of Ron Williamson, a mentally ill former baseball player who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for the 1982 murder of a twenty-one-year-old woman in his Oklahoma hometown.

Gray Mountain

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Gray Mountain
Losing her job at New York City''s largest law firm in the weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Samantha becomes an unpaid intern in a small Appalachian community, where she stumbles upon dangerous secrets.

Skipping Christmas

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Skipping Christmas
Luther and Nora Frank decide to skip Christmas this year and go on a cruise when suddenly everything gets chaotic.

The Testament

release date: Mar 16, 2010
The Testament
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions—a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives. Because Troy Phelan’s new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil. Enter the lawyers. Nate O’Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last job: to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan’s family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate goes crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman—pursued by enemies and friends alike—holds a stunning surprise of her own. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham''s Sycamore Row.

The Racketeer

release date: Jan 01, 2013
The Racketeer
When a Federal judge and his secretary fail to appear for a scheduled trial and panicked clerks call for an FBI investigation, a harrowing murder case ensues and culminates in the imprisonment of a lawyer who imparts the story of who killed the judge and why. By the best-selling author of The Litigators. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.)

Playing for Pizza

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Playing for Pizza
Cut from the Cleveland Browns after the worst performance in the history of the NFL, third-stringer Rick Dockery, desperate to play football, is hired by the Panthers of Parma, Italy, to be their starting quarterback and finds himself confronted by the confusing diversity of Italian culture, language, and romance. Reprint.

The Judge's List

release date: Oct 26, 2021
The Judge's List
***THE SUNDAY TIMES THRILLER OF THE MONTH*** Nonstop suspense from the Sunday Times bestselling author: Investigator Lacy Stoltz follows the trail of a serial killer, and closes in on a shocking suspect - a sitting judge. In The Whistler, Lacy Stoltz investigated a corrupt judge who was taking millions in bribes from a crime syndicate. She put the criminals away, but only after being attacked and nearly killed. Three years later, and approaching forty, she is tired of her work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct and ready for a change. Then she meets a mysterious woman who is so frightened she uses a number of aliases. Jeri Crosby''s father was murdered twenty years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and that has grown stone cold. But Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades. Along the way, she has discovered other victims. Suspicions are easy enough, but proof seems impossible. The man is brilliant, patient, and always one step ahead of law enforcement. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law. He is a judge, in Florida - under Lacy''s jurisdiction. He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and wronged him in some way. How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list? The Judge''s List is by any measure John Grisham''s most surprising, chilling novel yet. PRAISE FOR JOHN GRISHAM ''When Grisham gets in the courtroom he lets rip, drawing scenes so real they''re not just alive, they''re pulsating'' Mirror ''A superb, instinctive storyteller'' The Times ''Storytelling genius . . . he is in a league of his own'' Daily Record 350+ million copies, 45 languages, 9 blockbuster films: NO ONE WRITES DRAMA LIKE JOHN GRISHAM

The Brethren

release date: Jan 01, 2012
The Brethren
In a minimum security federal prison, three former judges who call themselves \"the brethren\" meet in the law library to run a rougher form of justice inside their new community and make a little money until one of their new scams derails.

The Summons

release date: Jan 01, 2002
The Summons
Ray Atlee is summonsed by his dying father to return home to discuss details of his estate - He arrives home too late and finds that his father has left behind a shocking secret.

The Pelican Brief

release date: Jan 01, 2009
The Pelican Brief
When the Supreme Court''s most liberal and most conservative justices are gunned down, law student Darby Shaw builds a case against a powerful suspect, whose threats send her underground. By the author of The Firm. 250,000 first printing. $500,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Sycamore Row

release date: Oct 22, 2013
Sycamore Row
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham returns to the iconic setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension. “Welcome back, Jake. . . . [Brigance] is one of the most fully developed and engaging characters in all of Grisham’s novels.”—USA Today Seth Hubbard is a wealthy white man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and defense attorney Jake Brigance into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row? Don’t miss any of John Grisham’s gripping Jake Brigance novels: A TIME TO KILL • SYCAMORE ROW • A TIME FOR MERCY

The Accused

release date: Jan 01, 2013
The Accused
When Theodore Boone, kid lawyer, is accused of robbery, he vows to do whatever it takes to prove his innocence.

Gray Mountain

release date: Jun 30, 2015
Gray Mountain
''No one does it better than Grisham'' - Telegraph Donovan Gray is ruthless and fearless. Just the kind of lawyer you need, deep in small-town Appalachia. Samantha Kofer is a world away from her former life at New York''s biggest law firm. If she is going to survive in coal country, she needs to start learning fast. Because as Donovan knows only too well, the mountains have their own laws. And standing up for the truth means putting your life on the line . . . What readers are saying about GRAY MOUNTAIN ''The worst kind of corporate exploitation of the poor in rural areas is exposed . . . Absolute suspense and drama filled the pages'' - 5 STARS ''Such a good read'' - 5 STARS ''Thoroughly enjoyed every word, sentence and page!'' - 5 STARS

The King of Torts

release date: Jan 01, 2003
The King of Torts
Washed-up public defender Clay Carter''s latest case, a routine street killing, takes an unexpected turn when he discovers evidence of a conspiracy involving a large drug company and a lawsuit with a huge potential settlement. Reprint.

The Chamber

release date: Jan 01, 2010
The Chamber
Adam Hall is in his first year at a top Chicago law firm. He volunteers for the toughest assignment any lawyer could ask for. His prospective client doesn''t want Adam or his law firm. He is an unrepentant and outspoken racist with a violent past. Why would he want a complete novice to defend him?

The Client

release date: Jan 01, 2010
The Client
An 11-year-old has discovered a secret that not even an adult should know. A U.S. State Senator is dead, and Mark Sway is the only one who knows where the body is hidden. The FBI want him to speak, but the killer wants him silenced forever.

Theodore Boone

release date: Jan 01, 2017
Theodore Boone
Lawyer-in-training Theodore Boone returns to dispense more legal advice to friends and strangers.

Ford County

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Ford County
The author returns to Ford County, Mississippi--the setting of his first novel, \"A Time to Kill\"--in a collection of seven stories.

Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer
Theodore Boone is a teenager and a lawyer in a murder trial because he is the only one who knows the truth.

Ford County

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Ford County
Master thriller writer and worldwide No.1 bestseller John Grisham takes you into the heart of America\''s Deep South with a collection of stories connected by the life and crimes of Ford County: a place of harsh beauty where broken dreams and final wishes converge. A mercy mission that is hilariously sidetracked by human weakness; a manipulative death row inmate with one last plea; a small town divorce attorney who suddenly hits pay dirt; a man that sets out to break a casino to revenge a broken heart; a kidnapped lawyer who is confronted with one of his previous cases at gun point; a conman who preys on the rich and elderly; the boy dying of AIDS who finds mercy across the tracks in downtown Clanton: the sum total of human life is brilliantly captured in Grisham\''s unique evocation of lives lived and lost in Mississippi. Frequently moving, often hilarious, and always entertaining, Ford County brims with the same page-turning quality and irresistible narrative of his previous bestsellers, and is proof once more why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.
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