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John Grisham

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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigatio


Theo thought the dangerhad passed, but he’s about to face off against an old adversary: accused murderer and fugitive Pete Duffy.

On a field trip to Washington, DC, Theo spots a familiar face on the Metro: Duffy, who jumped bail and was never seen again. Theo’s quick thinking helps bring Duffy back to Strattenburg to stand trial. But now that Duffy knows who he is, Theo is in greater danger than...

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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

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message 24: by Steve

Steve Coleman I am a great fan of your fiction!

Elizabeth Thank you John! I feel honored to be your friend. I have read and listened to your books and felt compelled to make sure my friends and family got to read them! Have seen the ones that were made into movies numerous times! Keep them coming!

Thanks for entertaining us. Look forward to "Gray Mountain"

Elizabeth Perry

Alexandra Comming from an exam in university and seeing that i am in ur frenship list was the best thing that ever happend to me . I know everibody say that he is the bigest fan but beeing a law student and reading ur books how can i say it . The rainmaker i think i read it 10 times seeing my self after i will graduate

message 21: by Eli

Eli Kittim Hi, John; thanks for the friendship! You are a marvelous writer penning the most intriguing stories. I’d be honored if you’d take a look at my groundbreaking book on Jesus and the end times.

message 20: by Abhishek (last edited Sep 09, 2014 02:54PM)

Abhishek Tewari You are the king of dialogues! Thank you most kindly for accepting the request, Mr. Grisham.

message 19: by Sally

Sally Chambers Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, John!

message 18: by Rita

Rita Monticelli Thanks for accepting my friend request! ;)

Nenia *Genghis Khan soaked in sherbet* Thanks for shooting me a friend request!

I loved The Runaway Jury! :D

message 16: by Lola

Lola I also say thank you for accepting my friend request!! I am a big fan and I love your books! all the best and kind regards from Austria!

message 15: by DS

DS Thank you for accepting my friendship Mr Grisham.

message 14: by Sruti

Sruti Thank you for accepting my request :)

message 13: by Paul

Paul Thanks for accepting me John,I love all your books

message 12: by Sharon

Sharon Thank you for your friendship here on Goodreads :)

message 11: by Davee

Davee Jones Thank you for the connection. I appreciate you.

message 10: by Bonnie

Bonnie Thank you SO much for accepting my friend request. I am a fan!

Jonathan Thank you for accepting my friend request, Mr. Grisham! I admire your work as a writer, and your books always provide a break from routine, and leave the reader with a smile of contentment. I might add that I identify with what appear to be your abolitionist views, and hope more novelists touched upon the controversial issue of death penalty in such a way. Keep up with the good work!


Rosella Weigand THANK YOU for approving me as a friend, John! I wholeheartedly appreciate it. Your kind gesture made my day. :-)

message 7: by Heather (last edited Jan 25, 2013 08:01PM)

Heather Fields THank you, I must say that i really love your books. I have recently added a new book shelf in my Library. Thank you for such fasinating stories, that keep me up all night. My English professor, not so much :)

Bentley Thanks I am truly honored. Thank you.
I have all your books, well missing one of the Theodore Boone..will get it soon. All first edition first print hardcovers. My most treasured collection. Hope to give them to my daughter one day. Thanks for making the long trips across the Pacific bearable and the many nights filled with great excitement and unforgettable characters.

Your Palauan friend
Bentley Techur.

Saurav Agarwal Oh! Thanks!!! John Grisham is my friend! Wow!!! :D

message 4: by Oche

Oche Itodo Thanks for accepting my friend request. Your writing is the best

message 3: by Dani

Dani Thanks for adding me to your friends list. I meet you years ago on a high school field trip. I grew up in Horn Lake, MS. I have been a fan of yours since that school field trip. Love all your books.

Michaelangelo Barnez I'm in your friends list... it's a great honor.
Michaelangelo Barnez

Rawail Naeem Thanks for accepting my friend request! :)

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