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John Grisham is an American writer born in 1955 and best known for his legal thriller and crime fiction books that have been published worldwide and adapted to make some famous films in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi School of Law. He is also the author of the Theodore Boone series and has been writing since 1984, before publishing his first book in 1989.

Some of the famous books by John Grisham include A Time to Kill (published in 1989), The Firm (1991) and The Confession (2010). Grisham is also the author of Sycamore Row (2013), a legal fiction book that won him a lot of accolades worldwide. His series, Theodore Boone continue to amaze readers with the high-suspense content that makes them look forward to the next publication in great anticipation. Quite a number of non-fiction works and short stories are also credited to the storytelling brilliance of John Grisham.

Order of Jake Brigance Series

1A Time to Kill 1989Description / Buy
2Sycamore Row 2013Description / Buy
3A Time for Mercy 2020Description / Buy

Order of Theodore Boone Series

1Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer 2010Description / Buy
2The Abduction 2010Description / Buy
3The Accused 2012Description / Buy
4The Activist 2013Description / Buy
5The Fugitive 2015Description / Buy
6The Scandal 2016Description / Buy
7The Accomplice 2019Description / Buy

Order of Camino Island Series

1Camino Island 2017Description / Buy
2Camino Winds 2020Description / Buy

Order of Rogue Lawyer Series

1Rogue Lawyer 2015Description / Buy
2Partners (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of The Whistler Series

1Witness to a Trial (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
2The Whistler 2016Description / Buy
3The Judge's List 2021Description / Buy

Order of John Grisham Standalone Novels

1The Firm 1991Description / Buy
2The Pelican Brief 1992Description / Buy
3The Client 1993Description / Buy
4The Chamber 1994Description / Buy
5The Rainmaker 1995Description / Buy
6The Runaway Jury 1996Description / Buy
7The Partner 1997Description / Buy
8The Street Lawyer 1998Description / Buy
9The Testament 1999Description / Buy
10The Brethren 2000Description / Buy
11A Painted House 2001Description / Buy
12Skipping Christmas 2001Description / Buy
13The Summons 2002Description / Buy
14The King of Torts 2003Description / Buy
15Bleachers 2003Description / Buy
16The Last Juror 2004Description / Buy
17The Broker 2005Description / Buy
18Playing for Pizza 2007Description / Buy
19The Appeal 2008Description / Buy
20The Associate 2009Description / Buy
21The Confession 2010Description / Buy
22The Litigators 2011Description / Buy
23Calico Joe 2012Description / Buy
24The Racketeer 2012Description / Buy
25Gray Mountain 2014Description / Buy
26The Rooster Bar 2017Description / Buy
27The Reckoning 2018Description / Buy
28The Guardians 2019Description / Buy
29Sooley 2021Description / Buy

Order of John Grisham Short Stories/Novellas

1Casino 2011Description / Buy
2Fish Files 2011Description / Buy
3Quiet Haven 2011Description / Buy
4The Tumor 2015Description / Buy

Order of John Grisham Short Story Collections

1Ford County A Short Story Collection 2008Description / Buy

Order of John Grisham Non-Fiction Books

1The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town 2006Description / Buy

John Grisham Anthologies

1 Delta Blues2009Description / Buy
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The Firm, by John Grisham became the best selling novel of 1991, a fete that only a few authors get to achieve in their lifetime. In 2005, John Grisham was awarded the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, an award that is provided annually by the Tulsa Library trust. He was also awarded the 2009 Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction.

John Grisham Books Into Movies:

A number of John Grisham books have been adapted into bestselling films that continue to thrill thousands of movie lovers. The Firm, a 1993 film casting Tom Cruise was the first major movie to feature Grisham’s written works. Then followed The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Chamber and The Rainmaker, all adapted from Grisham’s novels with the same titles. A television series titled, The Client ran on-air from 1995 to 1996 and featured thrilling suspense action from Grisham’s The Client book. Other films that feature content by this author include Runaway Jury and The Gingerbread Man.


Although there are more than 30 books that are attributed to John Grisham, here are the top 3 best books worth taking note of:

A Time to Kill: This classical novel by John Grisham was first published in 1989 but the actual writing started in 1984. Grisham described this epic book as one that laid a firm foundation to his success in writing thought-provoking fiction novels in legal thriller genre. It took him three years to complete this first book. He came up with the ideas for the book after attending a legal case that involved a girl who was raped and beaten by a gang. The girl was narrating her ordeal to the jury, when Grisham thought about what would happen if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. He compiled this new scenario into a book, his first and titled it A time to Kill.

The Firm: Grisham’s second book, The Firm is another great writing that is worth reading for legal-thriller fiction lovers. The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991 and remained on the The New York Times’ best seller list for 47 weeks, a record then. The novel is about a young attorney who is lured to a seemingly perfect law firm that turns out to be the opposite of what he expected. Readers are taken into a journey of personal sacrifices and suspense thriller as the young attorney battles relentless nightmare experiences at the law firm.

Theodore Boone Series: Often overlooked due to it being more for kids but you’d be surprised. While it’s not a patch on a lot of Grisham books it should still be read. The Theodore Boone legal-thriller series features a 13-year old kid who gives legal advice to his classmates that help them tackle a wide-range of legal issues. At one time he helps a classmate with legal advice on how to help prevent their house from being repossessed. The series is a good read for children aged 9 to 12 years and as the author suggests, the content can help them get informed about law in a subtle way. The successive series of Theodore Boone continue to explore the brilliance of the kid in matters pertaining constitutional law. It is a good book series that can help influence kids choose legal profession as their career of choice at a tender age.

When Does The Next John Grisham book come out?

The next book by John Grisham is The Judge's List and will be released on October, 19th 2021. It is the newest book in the The Whistler Series.

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  1. John,
    Would you be willing to write a series for adolescent girls? I was thinking that you might put this spin on the daughter of Jake Brigance? My fifth graders loved reading about Theodore Boone. What do you think?

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