Search Results: "John Grisham"


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THE RACKETEER by John Grisham
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"In fact, there are plenty of surprises along the way. As ever, a solid, unflashy performance by Grisham."
Evenly paced, smart legal thriller—trademark Grisham (The Litigators, 2011, etc.), in other words. Read full book review >

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THE PARTNER by John Grisham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 26, 1997

"Grisham comes up with a masterfully bittersweet end (with his title taking on a sly double edge) that may be his most satisfying ever."
Grisham (The Client, 1993, etc.) justifies a colossal first printing of 2.8 million copies with his best-plotted novel yet, gripping the reader mightily and not letting go. Read full book review >

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THE FIRM by John Grisham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 1991

"Hallucinatory entertainment."
Terrifically exciting and likable first novel about tax lawyers and the Mafia, and a predictable success already sold to the movies, etc. Grisham does not cut as deep or furnish the occasional shining paragraph that Scott Turow does, but he writes a stripped, cliche-free page that grips and propels. Read full book review >

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A PAINTED HOUSE by John Grisham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2001

This simple tale of cotton harvesting in 1952 Arkansas offers the curious a chance to see what Grisham would be like without all the lawyers. Read full book review >

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THE PELICAN BRIEF by John Grisham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 1992

"Should outsell The Firm."
Gripping legal suspenser by the author of last year's hallucinatory The Firm—and an even stronger performance than that still-current bestseller. Read full book review >

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ROGUE LAWYER by John Grisham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"One wonders if Grisham weren't sleeping through some of this as well. Whatever the case, one of his lesser cases."
Another by-the-numbers legal procedural, at once gritty and lethargic, by longtime practitioner Grisham (Gray Mountain, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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GRAY MOUNTAIN by John Grisham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Literary fast food: It's tasty enough, but it's probably not so good for you, with or without the lumps of coal."
"I want all the boys to sit up straight and notice, and not just my ass." Yup, there's a new sheriff in town, and she's come to bring down Big Coal—and maybe strut her stuff, too. Read full book review >

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SYCAMORE ROW by John Grisham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Trademark Grisham, with carefully situated echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird. A top-notch thriller."
A long-after sequel, of a sort, to A Time to Kill (1989), in which dogged attorney Jake Brigance fights for justice in a Mississippi town where justice is not always easy to come by. Read full book review >

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CALICO JOE by John Grisham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2012

"A reconciliation story, Hallmark style."
Only one player in Major League Baseball history has been hit and killed by a pitch, but bean balls—balls thrown near the head—have ended careers. Read full book review >

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THE CLIENT by John Grisham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1993

"In the movie, the obligatory face-out between Barry the Blade and Mark will take place, bet on it, though Grisham avoids the confrontation."
Grisham's latest opens with a neat hook into the reader's jaw- -and the tension never wavers—as the author strives for a knockout suspenser with echoes of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson—or at least the reader can't help weighing what he's reading against the darker plots that enmesh Huck Finn and Jim Hawkins. Read full book review >

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CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"How all these little threads join up is a pleasure for Grisham fans to behold: there's nothing particularly surprising about it, but he's a skillful spinner of mayhem and payback."
A light caper turns into a multilayered game of cat and mouse in a story that, as with most of Grisham's (The Whistler, 2016, etc.) crime yarns, never gets too complex or deep but is entertaining all the same. Read full book review >

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THE WHISTLER by John Grisham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Yes, it's formula. Yes, it's not as gritty an exercise in swamp mayhem as Hiaasen, Buchanan, or Crews might turn in. But, like eating a junk burger, even though you probably shouldn't, it's plenty satisfying."
"I started dreaming of getting rich, which, in Florida anyway, can lead to serious trouble": another blockbuster in the making from Grisham (Rogue Lawyer, 2015, etc.), the ascended master of the legal procedural. Read full book review >