John Grisham Books In Order

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Publication Order of Jake Brigance Books

A Time to Kill (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sycamore Row (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Time for Mercy (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Theodore Boone Books

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Abduction (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Accused (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Activist (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fugitive (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scandal (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Accomplice (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Camino Island Books

Camino Island (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Camino Winds (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Rogue Lawyer Books

Rogue Lawyer (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Partners (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Whistler Books

Witness to a Trial (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Whistler (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Judge's List (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Firm (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pelican Brief (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Client (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chamber (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rainmaker (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Runaway Jury (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Partner (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Street Lawyer (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Testament (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Brethren (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Painted House (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Skipping Christmas (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Summons (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The King of Torts (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bleachers (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Juror (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Broker (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Playing for Pizza (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Appeal (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Associate (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Confession (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Litigators (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calico Joe (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Racketeer (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gray Mountain (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rooster Bar (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reckoning (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Guardians (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sooley (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Casino (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fish Files (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quiet Haven (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tumor (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Ford County A Short Story Collection (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Delta Blues(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

John Grisham Biography:

The American south has long been a point of interest to historians as it was the place where slavery once boomed and racisim ran rampant. Although the land has been a place of much turmoil, some positive things have arisen for it, as it was in Jonesboro, Arkansas that John Grisham was born. He arrived in the world on February 8, 1955, when cotton was still a major product of the south. His father happened to be a cotton farmer at the time.

However, the family began to move around to different areas, still south of the Mason-Dixon Line, while Grisham was in his youth. They settled down again in Southaven, Mississippi and that is where the young John Grisham became determined to be a baseball player for his profession. However, his mother had different aspirations for her son and began grooming him for college, although she herself had never received a formal education.

Her efforts did prove fruitful, as John Grisham successfully attended and graduated from Mississippi State University and later law school, graduating from Ole Miss. After having childhood desire to become a MLB player, settling on a legal career was not a simple thing for John Grisham. He had changed majors three times while in college and switched jobs several times during his teenage and young adult years.

As a lawyer, Grisham also made changes, switching from being a tax lawyer to trial lawyer, stating a dislike for the burdensome “complexity and lunacy” tax lawyers often face. His career as a trial lawyer was never fated to last long as well. Having graduated from law school in 1983, Grisham was elected to his state’s House of Representatives that same year, serving the Democratic Party until 1990. His legal practice lasted a decade.

While hanging around the courts in 1984, Grisham met a young girl with an intriguing story to tell about a case in which she was involved. The things she told him about her life touched him so much that he began to write his first novel based on her story. It was published in 1989 and is called Time to Kill. As a new author, Grisham had difficulty finding a publisher for his first book. He finally found one that was willing to let him have a printing of 5,000 copies.

The day after his first novel was released, Grisham went straight back to writing, working on his second novel, without waiting to find out if he would be a success. His confidence apparently was well-founded because his second novel, The Firm, stayed on the Best Seller List for New York Times an impressive 47 weeks after its release and was the top selling novel for 1991. It was at that time that Grisham decided to leave legal practice and become a full time writer.

Throughout his writing career, John Grisham has seen many successes, starting with his very first book and continuing through each subsequent novel. He is the author behind many well-recognized titles, including The Pelican Brief, as well as The Rainmaker, The Racketeer, A Painted House, amongst several others.

For his great writing, Grisham has been honored with several awards, including the Distinguished Author Award named after Peggy V. Helmerich, the Galaxy British Book lifetime achievement award, the legal fiction award from Harper Lee, and the USC Scripter award. Nevertheless, Grisham’s writing has not solely focused on crafting novels for adult audiences. He has also written a series of legal thrillers geared at children and pre-teens.

Inside John Grisham Novels:

Two of the books Grisham is most well-known for also happen to be the very first two novels he ever released; The Firm and Time to Kill. The Firm, released in 1991, has sold more than seven million copies. It is the second novel that he wrote and is the gripping tale about a young man named Mitchell V. McDeere who, fresh out of law school, decides to work at a Memphis law firm, appeased by their generous offer of a high salary, new BMW, and nice house with low interest mortgage.

Soon after he arrives, two of his collogues at the firm die in a mysterious accident. During their memorial service, Mitch learns that there have been others who worked at the firm and mysteriously died. The information causes him to be very suspicious. His intuition is later validated when he gets approached by the FBI who wants his help in gathering evidence against those at the law firm, revealing the fact that they are actually involved in organized crime.

Grisham’s first novel, Time to Kill was the one based off his chance meeting with a young girl as he hung around the courts one day. The story is about a ten-year-old girl in the south who happens to be African American and gets raped by two racist white men. The girl’s father finds out the story of the attack on his daughter and realizes that a similar incident happened a while back.

In an effort to protect others from the same harm, he kills the two white men and is later arrested. He then calls his friend Jake to help, but the case is made more complicated by the KKK seeking revenge for the death of the two men. They start riots outside the courtroom, kill the frail husband of Jake’s assistant, wire Jake’s car with a bomb, and eventually burn his house down.

The Transformation of John Grisham Books Into Movies:

Grisham has experienced much success with the silver screen. More than eight of the novels he has written have been adapted into films and performed well at the box office. This includes The Firm, which became a film in 1993, and was later made into a TV series.

The movie starred Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Holly Hunter, and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Time to Kill hit box offices in 1996 and starred Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Ashley Judd, and several other stars. Other novels written by Grisham that have become movies include, The Client in 1994, The Chamber in 1996, The Rainmaker in 1997, Mickey in 2004, and several others.

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14 Responses to “John Grisham”

  1. Helen Criticos: 3 weeks ago

    A Time to Kill is my favourite book and film.

  2. JUDITH MACHEN: 4 weeks ago

    The Pelican Brief is my favorite movie of all time. Excellent actors and a great story. Can’t believe this one was not mentioned in the list of books to movies.

  3. Richard Phelps: 1 month ago

    I have all his books in my library. Each is gripping and the new books are eagerly awaited. John , in Grey Mountain, strongly opposes the destructive Mountain Top Removal coal mining practice. His philanthropy is also extensive !!

  4. Beti Noel-Jones: 1 month ago

    I should like to read again, John Grisham’s book about the death of a young man from lung cancer brought on by smoking and the resultant lawyer’s battle against the Tobacco firms, but annoyingly, I cannot remember the title. Please can you help. I have read so many of John Grisham’s books and am a total admirer of all his work.

    • Graeme: 1 month ago

      The Runaway Jury.

  5. Janet Osborne: 4 months ago

    So far Reading any Grisham book I learn so much about the J. system. And LAWYERS. I started reading these books only a few years ago and I actually think I’m addicted! I have to have one at all times. I hope he never stops writing. So far The King of Torts, the Chamber, the Partner and the Racketeer have been very educational–JO

  6. KAREN DOYLW: 4 months ago

    I have been enjoying your newest book “A Time For Mercy”. Getting closer to the end of the book there were pages missing and a chapter repeated also pages missing. I am quite disappointed. Wondering what you can do for me.

    • Maryanne Krug: 3 months ago

      I too have pages missing, 7 in all and repeated pages and out of order pages just at the most exciting part of the Trial. I too want to know how to get a replacement without purchasing new. I bought mine at Sam’s Club in Hobart Indiana in November 2020 and just started reading it last month. Good luck getting a replacement.

  7. Salvatore Condoluci: 5 months ago

    Dear Mr. Grishman,
    I watched “The Innocent Man” on Netflix, I was so involved, I love your books, I’ll never go to Ada, OK!
    How I hate corrupt law, thank God you chose to be a writer, no, you are more than a writer, you paint your canvas in words, He, up above, wanted your words, to pour out like sweat, you were CHOSEN!
    Thank You,
    Sal Condoluci

  8. Jim Kear: 5 months ago

    My all-time favorite author. Ahead of Connelly, Baldacci, and Lescroart. Recognized Amelia (Camino) Island about ten pages in….where I grew up. My son is a current resident and says Grisham has a place there. Good taste! Can’t wait for the next book.

  9. Denise Foehl: 5 months ago

    Love this author! Am now reading “ A Time to Kill”—his first book. Can not put it down!

  10. judy goates: 7 months ago

    Love all Grisham books-Finished A Time for Mercy Is now my # 1 favorite with A Time to Kill,hope to see on the big screen someday

  11. James Thompson: 7 months ago

    I love this author.He and I graduated from Mississippi State University. Also, I have written a beautiful children’s book entitled Roscoe: A Respectable Dog With Good Moral Principles. This book is on domestic violence, and it was self-published. I need Mr. Grisham’s help in getting my book published by a real publisher.The movie of A Time To Kill was filmed in my hometown of Canton,Mississippi.Also, I would love Mr. Grisham’s email address. Respectively, James Lester Thompson

  12. Peter G Kallan: 2 years ago

    I’m looking forward to future Rogue Lawyer books


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