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John Grisham

John Grisham was born on February 8 in 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. John Grisham became a lawyer and he got himself an office in Southaven where he practiced both criminal an civil law. He was also politically engaged at this time and in 1983 he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. During his time at MSU he had started on two books, none of them were ever finished. In 1984 he started writing a third. This time he would finish it and it would eventually be known as A Time to Kill which was no success. His second book, the Firm, was finished in 1988. In the same year he started writing on his third book, the Pelican Brief. The Firm would be his big hit, the book that made him famous. Already in 1990, before the book was published, Paramount Pictures paid $600,000 for the rights to the Firm and the rest is history. Today he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife Renee and his two kids Ty and Shea. 


A Time To Kill 
1986 Thriller
There are crimes of blood, and there are crimes which are...just crimes. The people of Clanton, Mississippi, have no doubt as to which is which when Carl Lee Hailey guns down the hoodlums who have raped his ten-year-old child. There are crimes of race and creed and colour. And so when people outside of Clanton here that a black man has killed two whites, the town is filled with an angry mob determined to tear down, burn and destroy anything and everyone that opposes them. And there are cases which can make or break the career of a young lawyer and such a case is the defence of Carl Lee Hailey to Jake Brigance. In the maelstrom that has become Clanton he'll do anything to defend his client, his case and, ultimately, his life and the lives of his family. 
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The Firm 
1988 Thriller
The law student: He was young and had his dreams. He'd qualified third in his class at Harvard, now offers poured in from every law firm in America. The law firm: They were small, but well-respected. They were prepared to match, and exceed Mitch's wildest dreams - eighty thousand a year, a BMW and a low interest mortgage. Soon the house, the car and the job are his. Then the nightmares begin: the secret files, the bugs in the new bedroom, the mysterious deaths of colleagues, and the millions of dollars of mob money pouring through the office into the Cayman Islands, dollars that the FBI will do anything to trace. Now Mitch stands alone in the place where dreams end and nightmares begin... 
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The Pelican Brief 
1991 Thriller
Two Supreme Court Justices are dead. Their murders are connected only in one mind, and in one legal brief conceived by that mind. Brilliant, beautiful and ambitious, New Orleans legal student Darby Shaw little realises that her speculative brief will penetrate to the highest levels of power in Washington and cause shockwaves there. Shockwaves that will see her boyfriend atomised in a bomb blast, that will send hired killers chasing after her. that will propel her across the country to meet one man, investigative reporter Gray Grantham, who is as near the truth as she is. Together can they stay alive long enough to expose that startling truth behind The Pelican Brief? 
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The Client 
1993 Thriller
Mark Sway is just a kid, but he knows a secret no adult should know. A US State Senator is dead, and Mark is told the name of a killer, a Mafia hit man called Danny "the Blade" Muldano, by Muldano's lawyer. After the lawyer commits suicide Danny and Mark are the only two people in the world who know the secret. A secret which the FBI want above anything else, and which Muldano will do anything to prevent them from having. Including killing Mark. Between the twin threats of the FBI and Muldano there is Reggie Love, a children's rights expert who has seen enough suffering to know the deadly threats which hang over Mark and his family. Together they must take on the might of the State and the wiles of a cold blooded killer. 
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The Chamber 
Adam Hall is a young lawyer in a giant Chicago law firm. He volunteers his services in one of the most unpleasant cases he is ever likely to come across. Time is running out for Sam Cayhall, the oldest man on Mississippi's death row. Cayhall is convicted of a crime that even the bleeding heart lawyers from the big Northern firms can barely stomach - the killing of two Jewish children in a 1967 Ku Klux Klan bombing. Cayhall's appeals are nearly over: he has refused all legal aid; preferring to defend himself. At the first he scorns Adam's advances, though the young man clearly possesses an amazing knowledge of death penalty litigation. Over several days of argument, a fragile bond develops between the two, and Cayhall hints new evidence in the case - that he was not responsible for the murders. As Adam determines to turn investigator, the old man doesn't realise that the lawyer has a hidden agenda in defending him, an agenda that goes back to a mystery twenty years old - to a time when their two lives intersected in tragedy. 
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The Rainmaker 
1995 Drama
It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a job or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it. By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him. And suddenly he's in over his head, plunged into a nightmare of lies and legal maneuverings. A case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill, and outright violence - a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life, or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land... 
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The Runaway Jury 
1996 Thriller
In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juror is convinced he's being watched. Soon they have to be sequestered. Then a tip from an anonymous young woman suggests she is able to predict the jurors' increasingly odd behaviour. Is the jury somehow being manipulated, or even controlled? If so, by whom? And, more important, why? Back Cover print.


The Partner 
1997 Thriller
It began when he disappeared. But it didn't really start until they found him... 
They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in a small town in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well. But Danilo had a past with many chapters. Four years earlier he had been Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent Biloxi law firm. He had a pretty wife, a new daughter, and a bright future. Then one cold winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car and died a horrible death. When he was buried his casket held nothing more than his ashes. From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account. And Patrick fled some more. But they found him. 
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