The Best John Grisham Books for Investigators

List of John Grisham books
A list of John Grisham books

This article provides a list of the best John Grisham books for investigators.

John Grisham was born in 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. However, he later decided that he wanted to become a lawyer. After earning a law degree from Old Miss in 1981, he practiced law at a firm in Southaven, MS. He specialized in criminal defense and personal injury claims.

In his spare time, he began translating his experiences into his first novel, A Time to Kill. He served in the state House of Representatives from 1983 to 1990. Since then, he has continued to write legal thrillers at a pace of about one book per year. Now, he is considered the number one-selling author of the legal thriller.

The Best John Grisham Books

This article provides a list of the best John Grisham books from the past 30 years:

A Time to Kill (1989) – “A Time to Kill” is a legal thriller by John Grisham, set in a racially charged Mississippi town. The story revolves around Jake Brigance, a young lawyer defending Carl Lee Hailey, a black man who avenges his daughter’s brutal rape by killing her assailants. Brigance faces intense prejudice as he battles to secure Hailey’s acquittal, navigating a hostile courtroom and a divided community. Grisham masterfully explores themes of justice, racism, and morality in this gripping tale.

Sycamore Row (2013) – “Sycamore Row” is a legal drama set in the fictional town of Clanton, Mississippi. The story centers on a handwritten will that sparks a contentious legal battle. The document leaves a substantial fortune to a black housemaid, shocking the community and inciting racial tensions. Jake Brigance, the same lawyer from Grisham’s earlier work “A Time to Kill,” is again thrust into the heart of the legal maelstrom. The novel deftly delves into issues of inheritance, race, and justice.

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (2010) – “Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer” follows the eponymous 13-year-old Theo, an aspiring lawyer with a knack for legal matters. Living in a small town, he becomes embroiled in a high-stakes murder trial. Guided by his legal knowledge and supported by mentors, Theo uncovers crucial evidence. The story offers a unique perspective on the legal world through the eyes of a young protagonist, blending suspense and legal intricacies in a compelling narrative for young readers.

The Abduction (2011)
The Accused (2012)
The Activist (2013)
The Fugitive (2015)
The Scandal (2016)
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)
Playing for Pizza (2007)
The Appeal (2008)
The Associate (2009)
The Confession (2010)
The Litigators (2011)
Calico Joe (2012)
The Racketeer (2012)
Gray Mountain (2014)
Rogue Lawyer (2015)
The Whistler (2016)
Camino Island (2017)
The Rooster Bar (2017)
Ford County (2009)
The Innocent Man (2006)

The Top 10 Bestselling John Grisham Books on Amazon

Following is an overview of a random book from his collection:

The Racketeer by John Grisham is one of the best John Grisham books. It is a crime novel that will keep you turning pages in anticipation from beginning to end. Of course, just like the typical Grisham legal novel, this novel is filled with many interesting characters and has no shortage of unexpected plot twists. This brief article overviews the book and where to buy it.

Brief Overview of the Book

In the history of the United States, only four actively serving federal judges have ever been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become the fifth one to be killed. The police found his body in his remote lakeside cabin. Yet, there was no sign of forced entry or that a struggle may have occurred. The only thing the police find is two dead bodies: one belonging to Judge Fawcett and the other to his young and beautiful secretary. In addition, there is a large, state-of-the-art, highly secure safe, which has been opened and emptied of its valuable contents. In addition to the brutal murders, something was stolen from the safe. Was that the reason for the murders? Or was it just a bonus for the killer or killers? Or was it a cover-up to make it look like a robbery gone wrong?

The main character in The Racketeer is Malcolm Bannister. Malcolm, a former attorney, is in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit. Malcolm claims he knows who killed Judge Fawcett and why they did it. But that man, Malcolm Bannister, resides in the Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland. Although he is serving time, Malcolm has an ace up his sleeve. He has information that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would love to know. Malcolm would love to tell them. But everything has a price, and the man known as the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday. He plans to leverage his knowledge to get himself out of prison.

If you’re into reading legal thrillers, nobody does it better than the master, John Grisham. This book delivers a series of twists that you’ll never see coming and is worth the read or the listen if you prefer audiobooks.

Physical Details of The Racketeer

The book is considered a “Mass Market Paperback,” written in English, totaling 400 pages. It was published on August 27, 2013, by Dell. It weighs eight ounces and is 0.9 x 4.2 x 7.4 inches. The ISBNs are as follows:

  • ISBN-10: 0345530578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345530578

Here are a few quotes from the media:

  • “Exhilarating, surprising, and ingenious.”— Janet Maslin of The New York Times
  • “A satisfying, deeply engrossing thriller in which different forms of justice are ultimately served.”— from The Washington Post
  • “Fast-paced . . . with enough startling plot twists—and changes of scenery, from Miami to Montego Bay and beyond—to surprise even the most suspicious reader.”— from The Wall Street Journal.
  • “Tautly plotted.”— from Entertainment Weekly

Buy it now from – The Racketeer: A Novel by John Grisham

Also, learn about the crime known as Racketeering.

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