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Gray Mountain

John Grisham

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Political / legal thriller

Worldwide bestseller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet.

America's greatest storyteller brings us a new masterpiece of legal courage and gripping suspense - and his finest heroine since The Pelican Brief. Donovan Gray is ruthless and fearless.
Just the kind of lawyer you need, deep in small-town Appalachia.

Samantha Kofer is a world away from her former life at New York's biggest law firm. If she is going to survive in coal country, she needs to start learning fast.

Because as Donovan knows only too well, the mountains have their own laws. And standing up for the truth means putting your life on the line . . .

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Praise for Gray Mountain

  • A lion of the literary genre - Chicago Sun-Times

  • Leaves one eager for more - Spectator

  • A giant of the thriller genre - Time Out

  • The best thriller writer alive - Ken Follett

  • John Grisham has perfected the art of cooking up convincing, fast-paced thrillers - Telegraph

  • An important new novel . . . Grisham's work - always superior entertainment - is evolving into something more serious, more powerful, more worthy of his exceptional talent - Washington Post

  • All the thrilling suspense and supple plotline that we have come to expect of this master storyteller . . . Coal mining in Gray Mountain is as villainous an industry as insurance companies are in Grisham's The Rainmaker and law firms are in The Firm . . . Like all Grisham novels, however, the politics of the book is secondary to the seamless page-turning ride that makes them such enjoyable reads - Huffington Post

  • Grisham is a natural storyteller - Telegraph

  • [T]his is not a story about a triumph or a miscarriage of courtroom justice. It's the more devious, surprising story of a smart man who gets even smarter once he spends five years honing his skills as a jailhouse lawyer -- and then expertly concocts an ingenious revenge scheme... Mr. Grisham writes with rekindled vigor here. - New York Times on THE RACKETEER

  • [T]his is not a story about a triumph or a miscarriage of courtroom justice. It's the more devious, surprising story of a smart man who gets even smarter once he spends five years honing his skills as a jailhouse lawyer -- and then expertly concocts an ingenious revenge scheme... Mr. Grisham writes with rekindled vigor here. - New York Times on The Racketeer

  • Grisham introduces a small-town Virginia lawyer named Malcolm Bannister, who's dubiously convicted of money laundering for a drug-lord client, and maps out a revenge plot from his federal penitentiary cell that's twice as elaborate as the one Alexandre Dumas cooked up in The Count of Monte Cristo. Like many a Grisham hero, Mal is a legal insider who knows how to work the system to his advantage. He's also a peculiarly lone wolf, willing to shed all his family ties in pursuit of a very long and entertaining con. - Entertainment Weekly on THE RACKETEER

  • Electrifying... carries the reader along one track (innocent man seeks exoneration) only to switch on to another (cat-and-mouse caper) halfway through with delicious, frictionless ease. - The Guardian on THE RACKETEER

  • Grisham introduces a small-town Virginia lawyer named Malcolm Bannister, who's dubiously convicted of money laundering for a drug-lord client, and maps out a revenge plot from his federal penitentiary cell that's twice as elaborate as the one Alexandre Dumas cooked up in The Count of Monte Cristo. Like many a Grisham hero, Mal is a legal insider who knows how to work the system to his advantage. He's also a peculiarly lone wolf, willing to shed all his family ties in pursuit of a very long and entertaining con. - Entertainment Weekly on The Racketeer

  • Electrifying... carries the reader along one track (innocent man seeks exoneration) only to switch on to another (cat-and-mouse caper) halfway through with delicious, frictionless ease. - The Guardian on The Racketeer

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John Grisham

John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specialising in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987.

His next novel, The Firm, spent 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and became the bestselling novel of 1991. Since then, he has written one novel a year, including The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker and The Runaway Jury.

Today, Grisham has written a collection of stories, a work of non-fiction, three sports novels, five kids' books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into 42 languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.