John Grisham Profile and Books

John Grisham, born in 1955, is the master of the legal thriller.

He was born in Jonesboro Arkansas and grew up in Southaven Mississippi. His father was a construction worker and cotton farmer and his mother was a homemaker. Grisham attended law school and practiced law for about 10 years specialising in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. He also served as a Democrat in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

He began writing in his spare time after observing the trial of a young rape victim. His first book – ‘A Time to Kill’ took three years to write and initially met with limited success. His second book – ‘The Firm’ was hugely successful, enabling him to become a full-time writer. Since then, he has produced one book per year with many of them bestsellers and many of them turned into films.

During his spare time he likes to indulge his lifelong love of baseball. He is the local little league commissioner and has built several ball fields on his property. He is also very active in raising money for charities.

He distributes his time between his several properties with his wife and two children.

His ever-growing list of novels is:

Legal Thrillers:


  • A Painted House (2001)
  • Skipping Christmas (2001)
  • Bleachers (2003)
  • Playing for Pizza (2007)
  • Calico Joe (2012)
  • Camino Island (2017)

Theodore Boone Series (For children):

  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (#1) (2010)
  • Theodore Boone: The Abduction (#2) (2011)
  • Theodore Boone: The Accused (#3) (2012)
  • Theodore Boone: The Activist (#4) (2013)
  • Theodore Boone: The Fugitive (#5) (2015)
  • Theodore Boone: The Scandal (#6) (2016)


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