John Grisham: His Legal Thriller Books

John Grisham: Books

John Grisham is a famous writer of intrigue and suspense novels that revolve around the American judicial system.. His books became best sellers and have been adapted on different occasions to the big screen; some of his most famous works are The Pelican Report, Time to kill o Legitimate defense.

Grisham, in addition to being a writer, is an American lawyer who knows his country's laws and penal system quite well. A knowledge that has served him to write his novels that can be classified in the thriller legally. However, far from boring the reader, Grisham knows how to turn a tedious subject into exciting stories that also delve into the bowels of the American South.

Some of his books are part of literary series, such as Jake Brigance (of which it is part Time to kill). Other books are presented in isolation. Below you can find a selection of his most famous novels.

Selection of novels by John Grishman

Jake Brigance series

  • Time to kill (1989). A story full of emotion, justice and revenge. Young lawyer Jake Brigance must face the case of his life: defending a father who killed his daughter's rapists. The plot thickens with the racial issues of a Mississippi town. The end, portentous.
  • La herencia (2013). Seth Hubbert is a wealthy landlord from Mississippi. Sick with cancer, he ends up committing suicide. However, he leaves a will that will turn family life upside down. His last wish, that his black maid, Letitia Lang, receive the inheritance. Jake Brigance is in charge of defending the mandate of the deceased.
  • forgiveness time (2020). This book has exceeded all sales forecasts. The plot: We return to Mississippi with Jake Brigance, who becomes the defense attorney for a young man accused of killing his mother's boyfriend. They ask for the death penalty. The case, which seems to have a clear resolution, will mean a new challenge for this defender of just causes.
  • Sparring Partners (2022). Still no translation into Spanish.

The bribe series

  • The bribe (2016). A corruption case that takes the reader to sunny Florida. There, the lawyer Lacy Stoltz takes charge of an investigation that links the construction of a casino in indigenous territory with the mafia and a judge who also takes her part.
  • judge's list (2021). Lazy Stoltz faces the most dangerous case of her career when Jeri Crosby asks for her help. Her father was murdered a long time ago, she knows that whoever committed the crime has left more victims. They suspect that the murderer is a practicing judge who has a list of all those who are in her sights. The proposition of this novel makes it one of the writer's darkest.

Island Path Series

  • The Fitzgerald case (2017). The story begins at Princeton University with the theft of some original manuscripts by author Scott Fitzgerald. And the action then moves to a coastal town on the paradisiacal Isla Camino. Bruce Cable is a bookseller looking for money and Mercer Mann a writer looking for inspiration; when they meet, Mercer will put himself at risk by messing with the wrong people.
  • The manuscript (2020). Back on Isla Camino, Bruce Cable decides to stay in his bookstore despite the danger posed by a new hurricane off the coast of Florida. When a friend of his turns up dead after Hurricane Leo, no one seems to think that it was not an accident, except Bruce, who investigates the death of his novelist friend through the pages of his new novel.

The Cover (1991)

The cover unravel the corporate secrets of a Memphis law firm. This company is the one you chose up-and-coming Harvard-educated lawyer Mitch McDeere, and where at first they were promised very happy with the amounts of money that entered their checking account. When he realizes that the people he works for are not clean wheat and strange deaths begin to happen, will begin to collaborate with the FBI even at the risk of losing everything.

The Pelican Brief (1992)

When two judges are killed almost simultaneously, Darby Shaw, an outstanding law student, investigate the relationship between the two events. When he draws his conclusions he exposes them in a court report and this is surely the worst mistake of his life. From here he must fight for his life because there is someone who seems to have put a price on his head. The Pelican Report it's a thrilling story.

Self Defense (1995)

In this new thriller legal, Grisham talks about the injustices that occur before large insurance corporations. A tremendously frustrating fact when it comes to saving life due to illness. Rudy Baylor is an inexperienced lawyer facing a case that is too big.: show that an insurance company refused to help a person who ended up dying; and he will have to do it in front of the most competent and also the least scrupulous lawyers in his profession.

A Rogue Lawyer (2015)

This interesting novel tells the story of Sebastian Rudd, an unusual lawyer who distrusts the system and those who govern it. He apparently defends only lost causes, people of disreputable character, and people accused of heinous crimes. Rudd is convinced that everyone deserves a defense and seeks the truth beyond justice.. He is a lawyer willing to do anything to get it.

The Guardians (2019)

Twenty-two years ago, Quincy Miller was a black boy who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his lawyer.Keith Russo. After all that time he continues to defend his innocence, in prison. As a last resort, he turns to the Ministry of the Guardians, an association that seeks the truth in judicial rulings that they believe to be erroneous. Cullen Post, a lawyer and priest who belongs to this group, will seek a way to do justice in Miller's case. However, you will understand how difficult it is to find answers in a case in which the powerful are involved.

About the Author

John Grisham was born in Arkansas in 1955 and has been married since 1981.. He studied law at the University of Mississippi. He had been born into a humble family; his father grew cotton. He has always liked to read; and after a few years practicing law, he began to write during his spare time. Many of the cases he followed served as inspiration or moved him to write and publish his first novel, Time to kill. His books sell in the millions around the world, and he is especially revered by readers in America. Grishman is one of the best-selling authors in the history of this country..

In addition to thriller Legally, Grishman is adept at writing short stories, nonfiction, and the YA novel. Although it is true that most of his novels focus on legal narrative, in many of his books he covers the context of the southern states of the United States.. He has also participated in politics and, being openly democratic, with his work he has wanted to highlight the old traditions that still survive deeply rooted in the social, cultural and legal community of this part of North America.

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