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The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

Updated September 8, 2021 4.1k votes 1.1k voters 39.6k views49 items

List RulesVote for the John Grisham novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best John Grisham books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. A former lawyer turned author, Grisham sold over 60 million books in the 90's. This made him not only the bestselling author of that decade, but one of the most loved as well. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Grisham is one of the most popular authors of the last 50 years. If you're a fan of his work, then vote on the best John Grisham books below and make your opinion count. 

This poll is also a great resource for new fans who want to know which John Grisham novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out this list of John Grisham books if you're a big reader. Grisham books here include everything from The Firm to A Time to Kill. What are the best John Grisham novels of all time? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.

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    The Firm is a novel by John Grisham. It follows recent Harvard Law School graduate Mitch McDeere as he takes a job at a Memphis-based law firm that offers him a hefty salary. Soon enough, Mitch realized that his new collegues may be more interested in skirting the law rather than upholding it. This places him in a precarious situation where his career, and his life, are on the line.

    • First Published: 1991
    • Author: John Grisham
    • Subjects: Espionage, Literature, Classics, Adventure, United States of America
    • Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language

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  • A Time to Kill is a novel by John Grisham. When an African-American girl is raped and beaten by a pair of white supremacists, her father, Carl Lee, takes justice into his own hands. His young, Caucasian lawyer, Jake Brigance, does everything in his power to get Carl Lee out from behind bars despite threats being made to his own life, career, and family.

    • First Published: 1989
    • Author: John Grisham
    • Subjects: Mississippi, Literature, Classics, Adventure, Murder
    • Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
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    The Patner is a novel by John Grisham. Patrick Lanigan is back to face the consequences of his decision to fraud a fraudster. He vows to do what every it takes to protect the people he cares for, especially the woman he loves.

    • First Published: 1997
    • Author: John Grisham
    • Subjects: Literature, Classics, Adventure, Brazil, Legal
    • Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
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    The Rainmaker is a novel by John Grisham. Rudy Baylor is a budding lawyer who takes a job with a ruthless ambulance chaser because he doesn't have any better options for employment. He is expected to sign his own clients and agrees to take the case of the Black Family who are suing an insurance company that would not approve their son's cancer treatment. The case becomes a true David versus Goliath story when it goes to trial.

    • First Published: 1995
    • Author: John Grisham
    • Subjects: Espionage, Literature, Classics, Adventure, United States of America
    • Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language