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May 26, 2020

Why I Love Indie Bookstores

Hello Book Lovers:


John Grisham here, hiding on the farm in central Virginia, safe and secure. I trust you are too. Be careful out there.


Camino Winds was published recently, and normally I would be making the rounds, visiting stores to promote my new novel. But as you know, the world has changed dramatically in the past few months and almost nothing seems the same.


I had planned to tour with Camino Winds but that’s not possible now. With its prequel, Camino Island, I toured for the first time in twenty years and had a delightful time. I went to 25 bookstores and did all sorts of events with local writers. I enjoyed that, and I enjoyed meeting a lot of readers, but the most interesting part of the entire tour was hanging out in some wonderful independent bookstores. We have some great ones in this country, and they’re owned and run by dedicated people.


Independent booksellers view their stores as far more than retail outlets. They welcome debut authors on the road for the first time, and they welcome the literary stars for unforgettable readings. They host book clubs and story time for kids. They recommend the books they’ve read and loved, and they know the ones to keep away from certain customers. They host wine tastings, cooking classes, small concerts, recitals, and art fairs. Some have cafes, bars, and coffee shops. And the music – every store has its own sound and its own play list.


In many communities, the bookstore is the life of the town, the hub of commercial activity.


To booksellers, their stores are institutions that cannot fail.


They need your help, and we need them to stay vibrant.


Buy more books!



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Published on May 26, 2020 09:38

May 8, 2020

April 14, 2020

Looking for an escape?

Dear Reader,


Hope this finds you and yours sheltered and well.


Three years ago I published Camino Island. Starring no lawyers, the novel is about priceless manuscripts that are stolen from a prestigious library and make their way through the black market to Bruce Cable, a bookstore owner and rare-book dealer on Camino Island, a small fictional place in Florida.


By the time I finished writing it, I knew I would go back there for another story. Featuring many of the same characters but none of the original plot, Camino Winds is a sequel of sorts—even though it in no way requires you to have read Camino Island. It begins with a hurricane, in the middle of which a writer new to the island is murdered. The killer leaves behind almost no clues, and the local police are too overwhelmed by the storm’s aftermath to investigate. It is Bruce Cable who sets out to solve the murder.


When The Firm came out many years ago, one critic gleefully dismissed it as nothing more than a “beach book.” What’s wrong with beach books? Who doesn’t like to spend a long summer afternoon by the pool or in a hammock with a page-turner, lost in another world?


With Camino Island, my goal was to write a delightfully entertaining beach book, one with no message, no issue, no cause, no great injustice to be grappled with. It worked well enough, and I was encouraged to revisit the genre and the island.


Now, with the April 28 publication near and the world staggering from a historic pandemic, I hope that Camino Winds will be a diversion, an entertainment, a way for you to get lost in another world, if only for a short while.


Stay safe out there.


All best,



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Published on April 14, 2020 07:33

January 28, 2020

Trouble Returns to Paradise

“I enjoyed writing  Camino Island  so much that I decided to return to that island paradise with  Camino Winds , blowing into stores on April 28.  Once again, the ever-resourceful Bruce Cable finds himself at the center of the storm when a writer’s murder shocks the tight-knit community. Here’s a first look at the jacket and, at the link, you can read an exclusive excerpt.  Enjoy!”


Welcome back to Camino Island, where anything can happen — even a murder in the midst of a hurricane, which might prove to be the perfect crime…


Just as Bruce Cable’s Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann, Hurricane Leo veers from its predicted course and heads straight for the island. Florida’s governor orders a mandatory evacuation, and most residents board up their houses and flee to the mainland, but Bruce decides to stay and ride out the storm.


The hurricane is devastating: homes and condos are leveled, hotels and storefronts ruined, streets flooded, and a dozen people lose their lives. One of the apparent victims is Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce’s and an author of thrillers. But the nature of Nelson’s injuries suggests that the storm wasn’t the cause of his death: He has suffered several suspicious blows to the head.


Who would want Nelson dead? The local police are overwhelmed in the aftermath of the storm and ill equipped to handle the case. Bruce begins to wonder if the shady characters in Nelson’s novels might be more real than fictional. And somewhere on Nelson’s computer is the manuscript of his new novel. Could the key to the case be right there — in black and white? As Bruce starts to investigate, what he discovers between the lines is more shocking than any of Nelson’s plot twists — and far more dangerous.


Camino Winds is an irresistible romp and a perfectly thrilling beach read — #1 bestselling author John Grisham at his beguiling best.


Read the first chapter now!


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Published on January 28, 2020 14:33

October 29, 2019

THE GUARDIANS is #1

Dear Reader,


As an author, my experience of one of my books starts with spending a lot of time alone writing it. I enjoy the process very much. But it is work, solitary work.


When I’ve finished writing, I hand the manuscript off to my publisher, and a few months later I’m holding the bound book in my hands. Not long after, the day comes when it’s officially published.


From then on, what happens is pretty much out of my hands. In fact, it’s in my readers’ hands, your hands.


So, when news comes around that my book has gone directly to #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List, as is the case with The Guardians, I feel gratitude in addition to pride and happiness.


I tip my hat to you, steadfast readers, especially those of you who have stood by me from the beginning, going on thirty years now. I am ever grateful for your loyalty, your patience, your kindness, and your support.


Cheers,











 


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Published on October 29, 2019 12:12

THE GUARDIANS Official Trailer

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Published on October 29, 2019 12:06

October 22, 2019

NPR’S Maureen Corrigan raves about “The Guardians” in The Washington Post

What is left to say about a new John Grisham novel?
Maybe only that John Grisham has done it again.

“The Guardians” is Grisham’s 40th novel; he’s now 64 and has been writing suspense novels pretty much nonstop since “A Time to Kill” was published in 1989. Most of his novels are legal thrillers, but Grisham has also branched out into stories about rare books, sports and medicine. (His 2015 e-book, “The Tumor,” is about an experimental cancer treatment called focused ultrasound technology that Grisham champions.) Grisham has even written a YA legal series featuring 13-year old amateur legal eagle names “Theodore Boone.”…Read More


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Published on October 22, 2019 13:16

October 17, 2019

A bit of advice

Dear Reader,


A bit of advice: Decline the invitation to zip-line across a crocodile-infested body of water.


Crocodiles are cold-blooded killers. They’ll eat anything, including humans. A pond full of crocodiles plays a small but upsetting part in my new legal thriller, THE GUARDIANS. The incident occurs just about halfway through the book and is based on an anecdote I heard that I take to be true. There you have it, my first trigger warning.


THE GUARDIANS is about so much more than crocodiles, of course. It tells the story of a wrongfully and fraudulently convicted man, a lawyer’s effort to free him, and the ruthless cartel that wants to keep the case closed.


Wrongful convictions are serious injustices, and the lawyers who dedicate their careers to exonerating the victims are true heroes. The main protagonist of THE GUARDIANS, Cullen Post, is one such hero. He’s a good man pursued by a lot of bad guys who demonstrate a willingness to commit appallingly evil acts.


Sometimes crocodiles are involved.


I hope you enjoy this novel.


Sincerely,



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Published on October 17, 2019 13:46

October 23, 2018

It’s been a long drumroll…

But THE RECKONING has finally come!


On sale today, an appearance on “CBS This Morning” this morning, and a few tour stops ahead.  Thank you, as always, to the best booksellers on Earth and to the most loyal, patient – and discerning – readers in the world!  I hope you enjoy this novel.  It is different.


A few reviews are in:


A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham’s argument that he’s not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”—USA Today


“The quest for justice is only the beginning in this Southern-family saga…Grisham does so much more this time around.”—Associated Press


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Published on October 23, 2018 15:21

October 12, 2018

You Don’t Have a Chance If You Don’t Take a Chance

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Published on October 12, 2018 12:26