The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller

The uest for justice is only the beginning in this Southern family sagaGrisham does so muchthis time around Associated Press John Grisham is not only the master of suspense but also an acute observer of the human condition And these remarkable skills converge in The Reckoning an original gripping penetrating novel that may be his greatest work yet David Grann New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon John Grisham is the master of legal fiction and his latest starts with a literal bang and then travels backward through the horrors of war to explore what makes a hero what makes a villain and how thin the line between the two might be Jodi Picoult New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great ThingsIn this saga of love and war John Grisham has given us a sprawling and engrossing story about a southern family a global conflict and the kinds of secrets that can shape all of us From the courtrooms and jails of rural Mississippi to the war torn Pacific Grisham spins a tale that is at once entertaining and illuminating Jon Meacham New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of AmericaWhen a master of storytelling and suspense takes on one of the most wrenching stories in history the result is a book that will break your heart set your blood pumping and your mind racing and leave you gasping for breath by the final page I m still trying to recover from The Reckoning Candice Millard New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the RepublicThe electrifying new thriller from internationally bestselling author John Grisham The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham

About the Author: John Grisham

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller he was working 60 70 hours a week at a small Southaven Mississippi law practice sueezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobbywriting his first novelBorn on February 8 1955 in Jonesboro Arkansas to a construction worker and a homemaker John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player Realizing he didnt have the right stuff for a pro career he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981 he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation In 1983 he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990One day at the DeSoto County courthouse Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve year old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girls father had murdered her assailants Getting up at 5 am every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987 Initially rejected by many publishers it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press who gave it a modest 5000 copy printing and published it in June 1988That might have put an end to Grishams hobby However he had already begun his next book and it would uickly turn that hobby into a new full time careerand spark one of publishings greatest success stories The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill he began work on another novel the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for 600000 Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers and book rights were bought by Doubleday Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991The successes of The Pelican Brief which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list and The Client which debuted at number one confirmed Grishams reputation as the master of the legal thriller Grishams success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell This time around it was a bestsellerSince first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988 Grisham has written one novel a year his other books are The Firm The Pelican Brief The Client The Chamber The Rainmaker The Runaway Jury The Partner The Street Lawyer The Testament The Brethren A Painted House Skipping Christmas The Summons The King of Torts Bleachers The Last Juror The Broker Playing for Pizza The Appeal and The Associate and all of them have become international bestsellers There are currently over 250 million John Grisham books in print worldwide which have been translated into 29 languages Nine of his novels have been turned into films The Firm The Pelican Brief The Client A Time to Kill The Rainmaker The Chamber A Painted House The Runaway Jury and Skipping Christmas as was an original screenplay The Gingerbread Man The Innocent Man October 2006 marked his first foray into non fiction and Ford County November 2009 was his first short story collectionGrisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville VAGrisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return after a five year hiatus to the courtroom He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full time writer representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books protagonists Grisham successfully argued his clients case earning them a jury award of 683500the biggest verdict of his careerWhen hes not writing Grisham devotes time to charitable causes including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund which raised 88 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina He also keeps up with his greatest passion baseball The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams

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