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  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing; Lrg edition (21 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385363168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385363167
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (525 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 634,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career--and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza, The Appeal, and The Associate) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 250 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction, and Ford County (November 2009) was his first short story collection.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500--the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

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[T]his is not a story about a triumph or a miscarriage of courtroom justice. It's the more devious, surprising story of a smart man who gets even smarter once he spends five years honing his skills as a jailhouse lawyer -- and then expertly concocts an ingenious revenge scheme... Mr. Grisham writes with rekindled vigor here. (New York Times)

Grisham introduces a small-town Virginia lawyer named Malcolm Bannister, who's dubiously convicted of money laundering for a drug-lord client, and maps out a revenge plot from his federal penitentiary cell that's twice as elaborate as the one Alexandre Dumas cooked up in The Count of Monte Cristo. Like many a Grisham hero, Mal is a legal insider who knows how to work the system to his advantage. He's also a peculiarly lone wolf, willing to shed all his family ties in pursuit of a very long and entertaining con. (Entertainment Weekly)

'Electrifying... carries the reader along one track (innocent man seeks exoneration) only to switch on to another (cat-and-mouse caper) halfway through with delicious, frictionless ease.' (The Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Worldwide bestseller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I was disappointed to see unfavorable reviews, I found the book to be interesting and exciting ! Perhaps it is just me, but I found Gray Mountain to be historically accurate and a thriller from beginning to end. It may have been a bit melodramatic at times, but the description of rual coal mining areas of West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky demonstrated a spectacular and revealing look at ways of life and traditions that are spot on accurate. Public Radio has been discussing the issues of coal for quite soom time, but this book accurately portrayed the scenario's that exist with an interesting thriller of a book. The coal issue has been hotly contested in local, state, and federal elections, and there is overwhelming evidence that regulators are being overwhelmed by the power of coal companies; particularly, in regard to their ability to enforce existing laws. Many fines are levied against the coal companies, but little is done regarding collections. Because of this, I felt the story was very introspective and realistic. John Grisham has written another fabulous book equal in detail to his many books that have Mississippi as a background. Well Done in all regards and worthy of special praise and merit !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr N Johnson on 18 Dec. 2014
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Who wrote this book? Not John Grisham!

What a load of rubbish, no begining, no middle and certainly no end.

A ardent fan of John Girisham with all his books in the bookcase. Sorry John but after this one, will have to look very carefully at pre-ordering or even buying the next one

Very, very disappointed.

Star rating, One-

Norman Johnson
Manchester
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By john ledward on 31 Dec. 2014
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Please do not waste time or money on this book. I find it hard to believe that Grisham actually wrote it. To sum it up, a New york lawyer gets sacked, moves to the country, gets involved in about 5 cases which are never resolved, changes her personality about 4 times, swears she'll never stay and then changes her mind on the last page. Rambling and repetitive with simplistic characters. Awful. I want my money back.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Keith Doubleday on 9 Dec. 2014
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I do believe that had this book been submitted by a first time, aspiring writer it would have been rejected. It dragged along. What has happened to the writer of The Firm, The Runaway Jury, Pelican Brief, A Time To Kill, to mention just a few?
Mr Grisham can do far better than this. I'm pleased I requested this book from the Public Library and didn't pay £20 for it. I admire his concern for miners and their families in the area. This book was not 'thriller' material, which is what we buy them for. As it says on the sleeve 'Best thriller writer alive.' 'His incendiary new bestseller?' Well, it didn't set me alight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pusateri on 1 Dec. 2014
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A dull read and not up to his usual standards. Things tick over very slowly and the underlying story, which you think will take off and be interesting, never happens. The only good point about this book is that it reveals the extend to which strip coal mining is destroying vast areas of mountainous countryside with a terrible impact on people, nature and wildlife - I'm assume that Grisham did his research in this area as I have not followed it up. Overall, very disappointing and I wished I had spent my money on something else.

There are a surprising number of 5-star reviews, many of which are just a few words: 'great read', 'brilliant', etc. They seem to be part of a marketing campaign rather than a critical review of the book.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 29 Oct. 2014
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I'm a huge Grisham fan but, good grief, this book is dull. The premise is thrilling enough - dodgy mining companies who are destroying both land and lives - and I'm sure the lack of real resolution and mind-numbing drawn-out legal action is probably closer to the reality of being a lawyer than his other books but ... snore. It was a struggle to finish.It doesn't help that the protagonist, Samantha Kofer, is unlikeable. She thinks she might jump into bed with Donovan, another local lawyer, if they continue spending a lot of time together. Then she also thinks the same about his brother. She's self-absorbed and more concerned with her own well-being than that of a single soul around her. I found myself wishing Krull Mining would catch up to her and put me out of my misery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. E. Ward on 22 Dec. 2014
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Big Fan of Grisham but this has to be his worst book ever. Dull Characters, you could have easily dispensed with the first two hundred pages as nothing happened.
The lead character Samantha is the least likeable one I can ever remember from any League One Author. Perhaps it's time to call it a day, I for one shall be looking at reviews on Amazon should he write again to check that's he has put some sort of effort into it. Never thought I would be in any way critical of him but this Is dross.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By totaltool on 26 Oct. 2014
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Need a reality check here having read the other 4 and 5 star reviews. Having read all his books apart from the Theodore Boone books (which I could not get into) I know when John Grisham is on top form . He hasn't been for a while although I think The Racketeer came quite close. As always its a captivating read that pulls you in from the first page. However there is no real plot just a series of mini plots most of which remain unresolved. I read it over 2 days and I enjoyed it but was disappointed when I finished it and felt short changed. Having read recently that he works from January to July every year and publishes every October that sort of lends itself to needing to publish a book every year. Maybe he should take a lead from his friend Stephen King who often gestates over a book for several years and no doubt some never get published as they do not come up to standard. This one does not come close to matching the quality in his back catalogue
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