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John Grisham John Grisham was born in 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He held a series of uninspiring jobs as a teenager and college student and changed colleges twice before graduating from Mississippi State University with a bachelors in Accounting. Grisham then entered law school, and eventually became a trial attorney. After graduating from the University of Mississippi with his JD, he also spent some time doing missionary work in Brazil.

Grisham never had any intention of becoming a writer, but he was inspired after observing a particularly heartbreaking trial and imagining how else the crime might have unfolded. He began working on his novel early in the morning before work and during court recesses, all the while working 60 and 70 hour weeks and serving in the state House of Representatives--a position he was elected to in 1983, and held for 7 years.

Four years after Grisham began writing it, A Time To Kill (1988) was finished and was published the next year in a tiny run of 5000 copies. By this time, he had already started on a second novel, and was not to be deterred. By 1991, Grisham had left law and turned to writing full time. He returned to law briefly to represent the family of a railroad brakeman who was killed on the job, earning them the largest financial verdict of his legal career, and then returned to writing. He writes primarily legal thrillers, but has also dabbled in sports and comedy fiction, as well as legal thrillers for young readers. 10 of his stories have been adapted to film or television. You can find a number of John Grisham signed books below this author biography.

Grisham is passionate about baseball and various charitable causes. He is the local Little League commissioner and hosts Little League games on the 6 baseball fields he built on his property. He served on the board of directors of the Innocence Project, which works to free and exonerate the unjustly convicted, and he and his wife have contributed millions of dollars to other charitable causes.

Grisham lives with his wife, Renee. They have two adult children.

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The Judges' List
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Theodore Boone: The Scandal | Grisham, John | Signed First Edition Book Grisham, John | Theodore Boone: The Scandal | Signed First Edition Copy

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Litigators, The | Grisham, John | Signed First Edition Book Grisham, John | Litigators, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2001 NY: Doubleday.  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee.

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Author Signed Hardcover Book. November 2023 NY: Doubleday Limited edition, first printing, mint, new/unread cloth-bound, signed and numbered with printed endpapers, gold stamping, a slipcase, and ribbon marker. signed by author.

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John Grisham Bibliography


Novels

  • A Time to Kill - 1989
  • The Firm - 1991
  • The Pelican Brief - 1992
  • The Client - 1993
  • The Chamber - 1994
  • The Rainmaker - 1995
  • The Runaway Jury - 1996
  • The Partner - 1997
  • The Street Lawyer - 1998
  • The Testament - 1999
  • The Brethren - 2000
  • A Painted House - 2001
  • Skipping Christmas - 2001
  • The Summons - 2002
  • The King of Torts - 2003
  • Bleachers - 2003
  • The Last Juror - 2004
  • The Broker - 2005
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town - 2006
  • Playing for Pizza - 2007
  • The Appeal - 2008
  • The Associate - 2009
  • The Confession - 2010
  • The Litigators - 2011
  • Calico Joe - 2012
  • The Racketeer - 2012
  • Sycamore Row - 2013
  • Gray Mountain - 2014
  • Rogue Lawyer - 2015
  • The Whistler - 2016
  • The Rooster Bar - 2017
  • The Reckoning - 2018
  • The Guardians - 2019
  • Camino Winds - 2020
  • Sooley - April 2021
  • The Judge's List - 2021

Theodore Boone Series

  1. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer - 2010
  2. Theodore Boone: The Abduction - 2011
  3. Theodore Boone: The Accused - 2012
  4. Theodore Boone: The Activist - 2013
  5. Theodore Boone: The Fugitive - 2015
  6. Theodore Boone: The Scandal - 2016
  7. Theodore Boone: The Accomplice - 2019

Co-authored Works

  • The Wave Dancer Benefit - 2002 (with Stephen King, Peter Straub and Pat Conroy)

Short Stories

  • Ford County - 2009
  • Sparring Partners - 2022

John Grisham Awards

  • Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award by the Tulsa Library Trust - 2005
  • Galaxy British Book Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award - 2007

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