John Grisham’s novels are almost synonymous with legal thrillers. Grisham, started out as a lawyer, and practiced law for 10 years, before becoming a dedicated writer. In the past three decades, he has published numerous legal bestsellers, all with riveting plots and accurate details of the American legal process blended with Social issues.
John Grisham started his writing career with the novel, ‘A time To Kill’ which was published in 1989. However his novel ‘The Firm’ published in 1991, made him famous.
John Grisham was born in February 8th 1955, in Jonesboro, Arkansas USA. Though he comes from a modest family, with his father being a construction worker and mother being a homemaker, Grisham managed to get into college, and later into university to study law. He attended Northwest Mississippi Community College and then to Mississippi State University from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1977. He later went to University of Mississippi School of Law to get a degree in law. From 1981 to 1990 he practiced criminal law, and was elected to the House of Representatives for the state of Mississippi.
John Grisham started writing his first novel in 1984, which was published in 1989. His novel, ‘A Time to Kill’ was about racial violence and about justification of revenge. A moderately successful lawyer, Jake Brigance tries to save a father, who ends up shooting the rapists of his 10 year old daughter. The novel thoroughly explores the racial cringes in the social structure. Unlike most first novels of even the most famous of the authors, Grisham’s debut novel was razor sharp in plot and has exquisite details embedded into it. His latest novel, Sycamore Row is a sequel to this novel.
Many of his novels have been adapted into movies. The Firm which starred Tom Cruise is based on Grisham’s first bestseller of the same name. The book is about Mitch McDeere, who is hired by a big-shot law firm, only to find out that FBI is keenly following the firm. Mitch is pushed into a place where he has to choose between a bad and a worse choice. This novel made Grisham, the favorite American storyteller. The Racketeer, another of John Grisham’s hit novels, is a riveting tale of a convicted former attorney, who has vital information regarding the murder of a judge.
John Grisham is undisputedly the best legal thriller author that has been around for quite some time. Year after year, he continues to come up with enticing stories about lawyers and the interplay between law & morals. If you ever legal dramas/thrillers, Grisham’s books are a must-read for you.