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In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.

Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for eleven years. It could well be their last visit.

Mack Stafford, a hard-drinking and low-grossing run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old, forgotten cases for more money than he has ever seen. Mack is suddenly bored with the law, fed up with his wife and his life, and makes drastic plans to finally escape.

Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton's most ambitious hustler, Bobby Carl Leach, who, among other crimes, has stolen Sidney's wife.

Three good ol' boys from rural Ford County begin a journey to the big city of Memphis to give blood to a grievously injured friend. However, they are unable to drive past a beer store as the trip takes longer and longer. The journey comes to an abrupt end when they make a fateful stop at a Memphis strip club.

The Quiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton. It's a sad, languid place with little controversy, until Gilbert arrives. Posing as a lowly paid bedpan boy, he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those seniors he professes to love.

One of the hazards of litigating against people in a small town is that one day, long after the trial, you will probably come face-to-face with someone you've beaten in a lawsuit. Lawyer Stanley Wade bumps into an old adversary, a man with a long memory, and the encounter becomes a violent ordeal.

Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home, to die. Of AIDS. Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated. But in Lowtown, the colored section of Clanton, the young man finds a soul mate in his final days.

Featuring a cast of characters you'll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.

Review:

"Returning to the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, longtime bestseller Grisham presents seven short stories about the residents of Ford County, Miss. Each story explores different themes-mourning, revenge, justice, acceptance, evolution-but all flirt with the legal profession, the staple of (former attorney) Grisham's oeuvre. Fans will be excited to settle back into Grisham's world, and these easily digestible stories don't disappoint, despite their brevity. Full of strong characters, simple but resonant plotlines, and charming Southern accents, this collection is solid throughout; though his literary aspirations may seem quaint, Grisham succeeds admirably in his crowd-pleasing craft while avoiding pat endings or oversimplifying (perhaps best exemplified in 'Michael's Room,' which finds a lawyer facing the consequences of successfully defending a doctor against a malpractice suit). As always, Grisham balances his lawyerly preoccupations with a deep respect for his undereducated and overlooked characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Mr. Grisham took seven of his unused plot ideas and turned each of them into a sharp, lean tale free of subplots and padding....His novels sometimes moralize; these short stories don't need to because they transform their agendas into pure, vigorous plot." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"It's a versatile effort as Grisham shows off his literary chops: He can do wry, emotional, funny, serious....Is this great Grisham? No. He plays best in the long game of novel writing. But admire him for accepting a new challenge." USA Today

Synopsis:

Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection reminds readers once again why Grisham is one of America's favorite storytellers.

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About the Author

John Grisham has written twenty-one previous novels and one work of nonfiction, The Innocent Man, published in 2006. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385532457
Author:
Grisham, John
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Mississippi
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mississippi Social life and customs.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
short stories;fiction;mississippi;mystery;humor;john grisham;lawyers;grisham;thriller;crime;law;south;aids;stories;adult;gambling
Subject:
short stories;fiction;mississippi;mystery;humor;john grisham;lawyers;grisham;thriller;law;crime;south;southern fiction;gambling;adult;aids;stories
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.38x5.74x1.10 in. .99 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385532457 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Returning to the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, longtime bestseller Grisham presents seven short stories about the residents of Ford County, Miss. Each story explores different themes-mourning, revenge, justice, acceptance, evolution-but all flirt with the legal profession, the staple of (former attorney) Grisham's oeuvre. Fans will be excited to settle back into Grisham's world, and these easily digestible stories don't disappoint, despite their brevity. Full of strong characters, simple but resonant plotlines, and charming Southern accents, this collection is solid throughout; though his literary aspirations may seem quaint, Grisham succeeds admirably in his crowd-pleasing craft while avoiding pat endings or oversimplifying (perhaps best exemplified in 'Michael's Room,' which finds a lawyer facing the consequences of successfully defending a doctor against a malpractice suit). As always, Grisham balances his lawyerly preoccupations with a deep respect for his undereducated and overlooked characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Mr. Grisham took seven of his unused plot ideas and turned each of them into a sharp, lean tale free of subplots and padding....His novels sometimes moralize; these short stories don't need to because they transform their agendas into pure, vigorous plot."
"Review" by , "It's a versatile effort as Grisham shows off his literary chops: He can do wry, emotional, funny, serious....Is this great Grisham? No. He plays best in the long game of novel writing. But admire him for accepting a new challenge."
"Synopsis" by , Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection reminds readers once again why Grisham is one of America's favorite storytellers.
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