The master of the legal thriller, John Grisham was a criminal and civil lawyer in Mississippi when his first book, A Time to Kill, was published. But it was his next book, The Firm, that became a blockbuster and established him as king of the genre.
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Oxford, Mississippi, and Albemarle County, Virginia
Date of Birth:
February 8, 1955
Place of Birth:
B.S., Mississippi State, 1977; J.D., University of Mississippi, 1981
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Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go in the AFC Championship, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds Arnie locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can be a starting quarterback. Great, says Rick -- for which team? The mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy. To say that Italy -- the land of opera, fine wines, extremely small cars, romance, and Football Americano -- holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
A Time to Kill (1988)|
The Client (1993)
The Rainmaker (1995)
The Runaway Jury (1996)
The Partner (1997)
A Painted House (2001)
The King of Torts (2003)
The Last Juror (2004)
The Broker (2004)
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2006)
Playing for Pizza (2007)
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Grisham's stirring tale about the fleeting nature of youth, high school heroes, and football, Bleachers is Grisham's unique look at how boys become men.
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Many of Grisham's thrillers have been made into blockbuster films -- often every bit as entertaining as the books -- by acclaimed directors such as Sydney Pollack and Alan J. Pakula; The Rainmaker was directed by Academy Award-winner Francis Ford Coppola.
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When he was asked to pick the first selection of the Today show's book club, Grisham said he wanted to select something people would enjoy, but by a lesser known author. He tapped Stephen L. Carter's well-received first novel, the thriller Emperor of Ocean Park, calling it calling it "beautifully written and cleverly plotted...a rich, complex family saga, one deftly woven through a fine legal thriller."
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