Search Results: "John Grisham"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 LITIGATORS by John Grisham
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Grisham's latest is a hoot—and, with its insider's view of jury selection and other dirty tricks, a very good reason to hope to steer clear of a courtroom."
A tight (in a couple of senses), unexpectedly comic courtroom saga from veteran legal eagle Grisham (The Confession, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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THEODORE BOONE, KID LAWYER by John Grisham
FICTION
Released: May 25, 2010

"Let's hope they catch up to the 21st century."
The one-day laydown and review embargo of a Big Book probably makes a lot of sense for a publisher. 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 >

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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 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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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 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 >