Born in Arkansas, John Grisham grew up wanting to become a professional baseball player. Not quite cutting it on the baseball pitch he instead studied law and became a lawyer. John wrote his first novel, A Time To Kill, over three years, getting up at 5am every morning to write for a few hours before heading to work. The story was inspired by the harrowing testimony of a 12-year-old rape victim and was eventually published in 1988. The day after completing A Time To Kill, John started work on his second novel. This book was named The Firm and was the best-selling novel of 1991 before Paramount Pictures bought the film rights for $600,000.
From that time on, John has written one novel a year and has a succession of best-sellers to his name. In 1996, John stayed true to his word and returned to the courtroom to represent the family of a railroad operative who had been killed while at work. The family received nearly $700,000 - the biggest verdict of John's career. John is married to Renee and they have two children, Ty and Shea. His name is synonymous with modern court-room thrillers and he still has a burning passion for baseball.
An electrifying new thriller involving the most corrupt judge in US history and a young investigator with a secret informant. Lacy Stoltz was investigating judicial misconduct, where her cases so far have been relatively...unexciting. However, this all seems to change when she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name, who has an extraordinary tale to tell. Myers is representing a whistle blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime. Along with her gangster associates this judge has facilitated the building of a casino on an Indian reservation, and at least two people who opposed the scheme are now dead. Since the casino was built, the judge has made several fortunes off undeclared winnings. She owns property around the world, hires private jets to take her wherever she wants, and her secret vaults are overflowing with rare books, art and jewels, but no one has a clue what she's been doing - until now. They need Lacy to start an investigation. Is she ready to put herself against the most corrupt judge in American history, a judge whose associates think nothing of murder?
Interview with John Grisham
John Grisham talks about his initial struggle to get A Time To Kill published back in 1989 and how it almost led him to give up on his dream of becoming a writer. The first novel by John initially never made it to paperback, but the success of his second novel, The Firm, revived his hopes. He talks about how he has always been asked whether he planned to write a sequel to his debut novel; his answer has always been an honest: "I don't know". That is until a couple of years ago, when he started penning his latest release, Sycamore Row.