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Books by John Grisham
A Painted House
With A Painted House, Grisham strikes out in a new direction. 

As the author is quick to note, this novel includes "not a single lawyer, dead or alive," instead, Grisham has delivered a quieter, more contemplative story, set in rural Arkansas in 1952. 

It's harvest time on the Chandler farm, and the family has hired a crew of migrant Mexicans and "hill people" to pick 80 acres of cotton. A certain camaraderie pervades this bucolic dream team. 

But it's backbreaking work, particularly for the 7-year-old narrator, Luke: "I would pick cotton, tearing the fluffy bolls from the stalks at a steady pace, stuffing them into the heavy sack, afraid to look down the row and be reminded of how endless it was, afraid to slow down because someone would notice."

The Brethren
Trumble is a minimum-security federal prison, a "camp," home to 
the usual assortment of relatively harmless criminals--drug dealers, bank robbers, swindlers, tax evaders, embezzlers, two Wall Street crooks, one doctor, at least five lawyers. Three former judges who call themselves the Brethren: one from Texas, one from California, and one from Mississippi. They meet each day in the law library, their turf at Trumble, where they write briefs, handle cases for other inmates, practice law without a license, and sometimes dispense jailhouse justice. And they spend hours writing letters. They are fine-tuning a mail scam, and it's starting to really work. The money is pouring in. Then their little scam goes awry. It ensnares the wrong victim, a powerful man on the outside, a man with dangerous friends, and the Brethren's days of quietly marking time are over.
The Testament
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Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire one of the richest men in the US. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair and looking for a way to die. His heirs, to no one's surprise especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. Nate O'Riley is a high - octane Washington litigator who's lived too hard, too fast, for too long. His second marriage in a shambles, and he is emerging from his fourth stay in rehab armed with little more than his fragile sobriety, good intentions, and resilient sense of humor. Returning to the real world is always difficult, but this time it's going to be murder. Rachel Lane is a young woman who chose to give her life to God, who walked away from the modern world with all its strivings and trappings and went to live and work with a primitive tribe of Indians in the deepest jungles of Brazil. In a story that mixes legal suspense with a remarkable adventure, their lives are forever altered by the startling secret of The Testament. 
A Time to Kill

John Grisham truly believed in this subject matter and wrote it from his heart. 

A white criminal lawyer in a small southern town is appointed to a case that has gained national attention defending an Afro-American father who was forced to take the law into his own hands after his ten-year-old daughter's brutal murder.

The Street Lawyer
This time the lord of legal thrillers dives deep into the world of the homeless, particularly their barely audible legal voice in a world dominated by large, all-powerful law firms. 
Our hero, Michael Brock, is on the fast track to partnership at D.C.'s premier law firm, Sweeny & Drake. His dream of someday raking in a million-plus a year is finally within reach. Nothing can stop him, not even 90-hour workweeks and a failing marriage - until he meets DeVon Hardy, a.k.a. "Mister," a Vietnam vet with a grudge against his landlord and a few lawyers to fry.
The Firm
The major national bestseller and most talked about legal thriller since Turow's Presumed Innocent is about a young man caught between the FBI and the Mob. 
Brimming with heart-pounding suspense and legal intrigue, the novel that placed John Grisham on the literary map forever changed the way the public looks at the law. In The Firm, a young attorney is drawn to a successful law firm in Memphis where the perks are good--but the secrets are deadly.
The Client
Reggie will do anything to protect her client -- even take a last, desperate gamble that could win Mark his freedom... or cost them both their lives. 
Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brother were sharing a forbidden cigarrette when a chance encounter with a suicidal laywer left Mark knowing a bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts of the most sought after dead body in America. Now Mark is caught between a legal system gone mad and a mob killer desperate to cover up his crime. And his only ally is a woman named Reggie Love, who has been a lawyer for all of four years. Prosecutors are willing to break all the rules to make Mark talk. The mob will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
The author of the runaway bestseller The Firm delivers a riveting new legal thriller. 
A young law student prepares a brief based on nothing more than a legal shot in the dark after the assassination of two Supreme Court Justices. But someone else reads her brief someone willing to kill to destroy evidence of an unthinkable crime. 
The Chamber by John Grisham
Twenty-six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.
From the author of The Firm, The Client and The Pelican Brief comes the story of a Klansman, on death row for a bombing and for the deaths of a civil rights activist's two sons, who is mysteriously aided in his last appeal by a young lawyer in a major firm -- why?
The Rainmaker by John Grisham
Combining suspense, narrative momentum, and humor as only John Grisham can, The Rainmaker provides another spellbinding, thrill-a-minute read.
Rudy Baylor, a new law school graduate, once dreamed of the good life as a corporate attorney. Now he faces joblessness and bankruptcy -- unless he can win an insurance case against a heavyweight team of lawyers, a case that starts small but mushrooms into a frightening war of nerve and legal skill that could cost Rudy not only his future, but also his life. 
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
Who controls a jury when the door is locked and the deliberations begin?
They are at the center of a multimillion-dollar legal hurricane--12 men and women who have been investigated, watched, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers and consultants who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict. Now the jury must make a decision in the most explosive civil trial of the century, a precedent-setting lawsuit against a giant tobacco company. But only a handful of people know the truth -- that this jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him.
The Partner by John Grisham
From the master of courtroom drama comes the ultimate in suspense--The Partner, John Grisham's new spellbinding novel. 
Patrick Lanigan had a bright future as a young partner in a prominent Southern law firm. Then one cold winter night, he was trapped in a burning car and died a horrible death; the casket they buried held nothing but his ashes. A short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial, then fled. A fortune was stolen from his ex-firm's offshore account. Patrick ran, covering his tracks the whole way -- but not far enough or fast enough. It began when he disappeared. But it really didn't start until they found him. 
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