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The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 3.8k votes 996 voters 36.8k views38 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 listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    1991

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    #157 of 1,233 The Best Novels Ever Written#20 of 52 The Best Mystery Novels

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    A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsMississippi, Literature, Classics, Adventure, Murder

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    A Time to Kill is a 1989 legal suspense thriller by John Grisham. It was Grisham's first... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Partner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Adventure, Brazil, Legal

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Partner is a legal/thriller novel by noted American author John Grisham. It was Grisham's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsEspionage, Literature, Classics, Adventure, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Rainmaker is a 1995 novel by John Grisham. This was Grisham's sixth novel. It differs from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsEspionage, Literature, Classics, Adventure, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Pelican Brief is a legal-suspense thriller written by John Grisham in 1992. It is his... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Runaway Jury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Classics, Adventure, Trial

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Runaway Jury is a legal thriller novel written by American author John Grisham. It was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Last Juror is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsMississippi, Revenge

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Last Juror is a 2004 legal thriller novel by John Grisham, first published by Doubleday on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Testament is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    The Testament

    1999-02-02

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Brazil, Legal

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Testament is a Adventure Story by American author John Grisham. It was published in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Client is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    1993

    The Client is a legal thriller written by American author John Grisham, set mostly in Memphis, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana. It is Grisham's fourth novel.

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    Sycamore Row is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    Sycamore Row

    Oct 22 2013

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Sycamore Row is a novel by John Grisham. It is a direct sequel to his first novel, A Time to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Street Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Legal

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Street Lawyer is a legal thriller novel by John Grisham. It was Grisham's ninth novel. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Painted House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    A Painted House

    2001-02-06

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsLiterary, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    A Painted House is a February 2001 novel by American author John Grisham. It was made into a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Chamber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    AuthorJohn Grisham, Enric Tremps

    SubjectsMississippi, Literature, Classics, Adventure, Legal

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Chamber is a legal thriller written by American author John Grisham. It is Grisham's fifth... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The King of Torts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsAdventure, Legal

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The King of Torts is a legal/suspense novel written by American author John Grisham. Doubleday... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Brethren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Adventure, Legal

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Brethren is a legal thriller novel by American author John Grisham, published in 2000.amazon buy button
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    Rogue Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    2015

    Rogue Lawyer is a novel by John Grisham. It was released in hardcover, large print paperback, e-book, compact disc audiobook and downloadable audiobook on October 20, 2015. It is a legal thriller about unconventional street lawyer Sebastian Rudd. In November 2015, the novel was at the top of the New York Times Fiction Best Seller for two weeks. The name "Max Mancini", Rudd's City Attorney adversary in the story, was chosen as a result of a fund-raising auction for the charity Reprieve.

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    The Litigators is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    The Litigators

    2011-10-25

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsLawsuit

    The Litigators is a 2011 legal thriller novel by John Grisham, his 25th fiction novel overall.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Camino Island is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    2017

    Camino Island is a crime fiction thriller novel written by John Grisham and released by Doubleday. The book is a departure from Grisham's main subject of legal thrillers and focuses on stolen rare books. Grisham made his first extensive book tour in 25 years to publicize the book.

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    The Broker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    The Broker

    2005-01-11

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsEspionage, Suspense, Italy, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Broker is a suspense novel written by American author John Grisham and published in the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Calico Joe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    2012

    Calico Joe is John Grisham's first baseball novel. The book's style mixes fact and fiction - introducing fictional players into well-known actual teams such as the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs, and lets them interact with actual people such as Yogi Berra, and letting dramatic fictional baseball matches take place in actual stadiums.

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    The Confession is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Confession is a 2010 legal thriller novel by John Grisham, his second novel to be... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Appeal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    The Appeal

    2008-01-29

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsEspionage, Mississippi, Suspense, Chemical industry, Legal

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Appeal is a 2008 novel by John Grisham, his twentieth book and his first fictional legal... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Playing for Pizza is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    AuthorJohn Grisham

    SubjectsSports, Italy

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Playing for Pizza is a short novel by John Grisham, released on September 25, 2007. The novel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Associate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
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    The Associate

    2009-01-27

    AuthorJohn Grisham

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    The Associate is a legal thriller by John Grisham. His twenty-first novel, it was published by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Whistler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time

    2016

    The Whistler is a novel written by American author John Grisham. It was released in hardcover, large print paperback, e-book, compact disc audiobook and downloadable audiobook on October 25, 2016. It is a legal thriller about Florida Board on Judicial Conduct investigator Lacy Stoltz.

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