John Grisham

John Grisham

John Grisham is honored to be the first living author I have included in these Index Pages! I tend to read novels of people who are dead for several reasons. First they are cheaper. Or free as eBooks. Second, I haven't found too many modern authors I am crazy about, but there are a few others on the way. I love Dan Brown and Michael Crichton, who is deceased now, but wasn't when I read his books. They are both included in the "Complete Works" Index Pages. I got hooked on Grisham when I read just one book of his, that being The Testament. Like the novels of the two above named authors, Grisham's are both serious and humorous. Add to that the fact that Grisham is both an attorney and a former politician, which gives him lots and lots of first-hand experience and opportunities to poke a great deal of fun at his profession. Gosh, he really has a knack of making lawyers and politicians look like bunch of dumb-asses. And he draws on real people and situations to create his fictional characters. And, oh yes, there is another reason I have become such a Grisham fan: The Goodwill store near me in Alliance, Ohio nearly always has at least one of his books I don't yet own, and yes, I keep a list in my purse! I am up to about thirty, I believe, including some hard-to-find ones.

John Grisham was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1955, the same year I was born. He graduated from Mississippi State University, then got his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. From 1983 to 1990, he also served as a Democrat in the Mississippi House of Representatives. His first novel, A Time to Kill, was published in 1989, but his second, The Firm was a best-seller, selling over seven million copies, and allowing Grisham to stop practicing law and to become a full-time writer. Lucky for us!!

There are lots of authors from over the centuries whose works I love, but I am quite sure I would not have personally liked the author, with few exceptions. I think I would very much like John Grisham as a person. He has been married to the same woman, Renee Jones, since 1981. He seems to be a man of integrity and high morals, and a person that has compassion for people. It is impossible to keep one's personal ideals hidden in one's writing, even if there is just an energy that is transfered. Grisham's books have great energy about them, much like Michael Crichton, whom I held in reverence and was so broken-hearted that he died so young when he still had so many more books to write. But thankfully, John Grisham is still with us, and continues to provides us with new entertainment and education on a yearly basis. Here is his Wikipedia Page so you can read lots more about him, and familiarize yourself with the long list of his works.

Grisham didn't only write legal thrillers. According to Wikipedia, his genres include Legal Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Southern Gothic, Baseball, Football, and Basketball, and yes, I have own some from every category. He wrote novels that Wikipedia classifies as "Stand Alone," in others words, without sequels, but also wrote numerous novels that do include sequels, and those will be indexed separately on this page. He wrote one short story collection, which I own, and several short stories. He also wrote, or is still writing, a Young Adult Series, the Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer novels. Yep, I own at least one of those. And last, he wrote one non-fictional book about a real man who was wrongly accused of murder. That one is included here. And I also must mention that numerous works of his have been made into films or TV series or movies. Goodness! If you are not familiar with Grisham's books, you need to correct that. Here are some to get you started. As is my policy, I create an Index Page when I have five qualifying books for it. This page will fill up as I read more, so keep checking back.

Here is John Grisham's website so you can keep up on what he's doing,
and here is one person's opinion of the ranking of Grisham's books, but we all have different opinions.
Ranking Every John Grisham Book

Stand-Alone Legal Fiction

The Pelican Brief
The Reckoning
The Rooster Bar
The Testament

John Grisham

Non-Legal Fiction

A Painted House


Jake Brigance
A Time To Kill

John Grisham

Non-Fiction and Short Stories

Mississippi State Penitentiary


The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

John Grisham

Young Adult

John Grisham

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