Twelve men and women who have been investigated, watched, and manipulated by high priced lawyers are at the center of a multimillion dollar legal hurricane in this captivating thriller. The jury must make a decision in the most explosive trial of the century, a precedent-setting lawsuit against a giant tobacco company who will stop at nothing to secure their verdict. But a handful of dangerous people know the truth that this jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him. ...
Twelve men and women who have been investigated, watched, and manipulated by high priced lawyers are at the center of a multimillion dollar legal hurricane in this captivating thriller. The jury must make a decision in the most explosive trial of the century, a precedent-setting lawsuit against a giant tobacco company who will stop at nothing to secure their verdict. But a handful of dangerous people know the truth that this jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him.
John Grisham is the author of seventeen novels, including The Brethren, The Client, The Firm, A Painted House, The Partner, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker, Skipping Christmas, The Street Lawyer, The Summons, and A Time to Kill. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.
As a young boy in Arkansas, John Grisham dreamed of being a baseball player. Fortunately for his millions of fans, that career didn't pan out. His family moved to Mississippi in 1967, where Grisham eventually received a law degree from Ole Miss and established a practice in Southaven for criminal and civil law. In 1983, Grisham was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives, where he served until 1990.
While working as an attorney, Grisham witnessed emotional testimony from the case of a young girl's rape. Naturally inquisitive, Grisham's mind started to wander: what if the terrible crime yielded an equally terrible revenge? These questions of right and wrong were the subject of his first novel, A Time to Kill (1988), written in the stolen moments before and between court appearances. The book wasn't widely distributed, but his next title would be the one to bring him to the national spotlight. The day after he finished A Time to Kill, Grisham began work on The Firm (1991), the story of a whiz kid attorney who joins a crooked law firm. The book was an instant hit, spent 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and was made into a movie starring Tom Cruise.
With the success of The Firm, Grisham resigned from the Mississippi House of Representatives to focus exclusively on his writing. What followed was a string of bestselling legal thrillers that demonstrated the author's uncanny ability to capture the unique drama of the courtroom. Several of his novels were turned into blockbuster movies.
In 1996, Grisham returned to his law practice for one last case, honoring a promise he had made before his retirement. He represented the family of a railroad worker who was killed on the job, the case went to trial, and Grisham won the largest verdict of his career when the family was awarded more than $650,000.
Although he is best known for his legal thrillers, Grisham has ventured outside the genre with several well-received novels (A Painted House, Bleachers, et al) and an earnest and compelling nonfiction account of small-town justice gone terribly wrong (The Innocent Man). The popularity of these stand-alones proves that Grisham is no mere one-trick pony but a gifted writer with real "legs."
Good To Know
A prolific writer, it takes Grisham an average of six months to complete a novel.
Grisham has the right to approve or reject whoever is cast in movies based on his books. He has even written two screenplays himself: Mickey and The Gingerbread Man.
Baseball is one of Grisham's great loves. He serves as the local Little League commissioner and has six baseball diamonds on his property, where he hosts games.