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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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A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
A Time to Kill 1989 A Time to Kill is a 1989 legal suspense thriller by John Grisham. It was Grisham's first novel. The novel was rejected by many publishers before Wynwood Press eventually gave it a modest ...more

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

1991

The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller and the second novel by John Grisham. It was his first widely recognized book, and in 1993 after it sold 1.5 million copies, was made into a film starring Tom ...more

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The Partner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Partner 1997 The Partner is a legal/thriller novel by noted American author John Grisham. It was Grisham's eighth novel.

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The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Rainmaker 1995 The Rainmaker is a 1995 novel by John Grisham. This was Grisham's sixth novel. It differs from most of his other novels in that it is written almost completely in the simple present tense.

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The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Pelican Brief 1992 The Pelican Brief is a legal-suspense thriller written by John Grisham in 1992. It is his third novel after A Time To Kill and The Firm. The hardcover edition was published by Doubleday in that ...more

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The Runaway Jury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Runaway Jury 1996 The Runaway Jury is a legal thriller novel written by American author John Grisham. It was Grisham's seventh novel. The hardcover first edition was published by Doubleday Books in 1996. Pearson ...more

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The Testament is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Testament 1999-02-02 The Testament is a Adventure Story by American author John Grisham. It was published in hardcover by Doubleday on February 2, 1999.

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The Last Juror is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Last Juror 2004 The Last Juror is a 2004 legal thriller novel by John Grisham, first published by Doubleday on February 3, 2004.

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The Client is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Client

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
Sycamore Row Oct 22 2013 Sycamore Row is a novel by John Grisham. It is a direct sequel to his first novel, A Time to Kill, and again features Jake Brigance as the main character. It was released on October 22, 2013. ...more

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The Street Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Street Lawyer 1998 The Street Lawyer is a legal thriller novel by John Grisham. It was Grisham's ninth novel. The book was released in the United States on 1 January 1998, published by Bantam Books, and on 30 ...more

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A Painted House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
A Painted House 2001-02-06 A Painted House is a February 2001 novel by American author John Grisham. It was made into a television film in 2003, starring Scott Glenn and Logan Lerman. Inspired by his childhood in ...more

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The Racketeer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Racketeer 2012-10-23 The Racketeer is a legal thriller novel written by John Grisham that was released on October 23, 2012 by Doubleday with an initial printing of 1.5 million copies. It was one of the best selling ...more

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The Brethren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Brethren 2000 The Brethren is a legal thriller novel by American author John Grisham, published in 2000.

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The Summons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Summons 2002 The Summons is a legal thriller novel by noted American author John Grisham which was released in December 2002.

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The King of Torts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The King of Torts 2003 The King of Torts is a legal/suspense novel written by American author John Grisham. Doubleday publilshed the first edition in hardcover format; it immediately debuted at #1 on the New York ...more

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The Litigators is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Litigators 2011-10-25 The Litigators is a 2011 legal thriller novel by John Grisham, his 25th fiction novel overall. The Litigators is about a two-partner Chicago law firm attempting to strike it rich in a class ...more

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The Chamber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Chamber 1994 The Chamber is a legal thriller written by American author John Grisham. It is Grisham's fifth novel.

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The Confession is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Confession 2010 The Confession is a 2010 legal thriller novel by John Grisham, his second novel to be published in 2010. The novel is about the murder of a high school cheerleader and how an innocent man is ...more

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Rogue Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Jon Daly added Rogue Lawyer

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 Broker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Broker 2005-01-11 The Broker is a suspense novel written by American author John Grisham and published in the United States on January 11, 2005. The novel follows the story of Joel Backman, a newly pardoned ...more

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The Appeal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Appeal 2008-01-29 The Appeal is a 2008 novel by John Grisham, his twentieth book and his first fictional legal thriller since The Broker was published in 2005. It was published by Doubleday and released in ...more

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Calico Joe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Calico Joe

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 Associate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Associate 2009-01-27 The Associate is a legal thriller by John Grisham. His twenty-first novel, it was published by Doubleday and released in the United States on January 27, 2009.

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Playing for Pizza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Playing for Pizza 2007-09-25 Playing for Pizza is a short novel by John Grisham, released on September 25, 2007. The novel is about an itinerant American football player who can no longer get work in the National Football ...more

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The Innocent Man: Murder and I... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town 2006-10-10 The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town is a 2006 nonfiction book by John Grisham. It is, like Grisham's Skipping Christmas, outside the legal fiction genre. The book tells the ...more

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Camino Island is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Camino Island

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 Whistler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added The Whistler

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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The Rooster Bar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added The Rooster Bar

2017

The Rooster Bar is the 25th legal thriller novel by John Grisham.

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Bleachers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Bleachers 2004-06-22 Bleachers was published on June 22, 2004. The hardcover edition was published by Doubleday and the paperback edition by Dell. The book focuses on whether or not the famous Eddie Rake, former ...more

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Skipping Christmas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Skipping Christmas 2001-11-06 Skipping Christmas is a comedy novel by John Grisham. It was published by Doubleday on November 6, 2001 and reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list on December 9. The book was adapted ...more

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Theodore Boone: The Accused is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Theodore Boone: The Accused 2012-05-15 Theodore Boone: The Accused is the third book in the series of Theodore Boone. It is written by John Grisham and is the third book that he has written for Young Adults. It went on sale on 15 May ...more

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Theodore Boone: The Scandal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Theodore Boone: The Scandal

2016

Theodore Boone: The Scandal is the sixth book in the Theodore Boone series written by John Grisham. It was released May 10, 2016.

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Gray Mountain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Gray Mountain

2014

Gray Mountain is a legal thriller novel by John Grisham, published in hardcover on October 23, 2014. The book is set in Appalachia after the Great Recession and follows third-year associate Samantha Kofer after the Bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, when she becomes a legal clinic intern in Virginia's coal mining country.

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Theodore Boone: The Activist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Theodore Boone: The Activist 2013-05-21 Theodore Boone: The Activist is the fourth book in the Theodore Boone series written by John Grisham. It went on sale on 21 May 2013.

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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer 2010 Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, known as Theodore Boone: Young Lawyer in the UK, is a 2010 legal thriller and the first novel by John Grisham for middle grade children,. It is the first in a series ...more

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Theodore Boone: The Abduction is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Theodore Boone: The Abduction 2011-06-07 Theodore Boone: The Abduction, written by John Grisham, is the second book in the Theodore Boone series. It is written for 11-13 year-olds.

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Ford County is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best John Grisham Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Ford County 2009-11-03 Ford County is a collection of novellas by John Grisham. His first collection of stories, it was published by Doubleday in the United States on November 3, 2009. The book contains 7 short ...more