John Grisham

1955 - Today

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John Ray Grisham Jr. (; born February 8, 1955) is an American novelist, lawyer, and former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, known for his best-selling legal thrillers. According to the American Academy of Achievement, Grisham has written 37 consecutive number-one fiction bestsellers, and his books have sold 300 million copies worldwide. Along with Tom Clancy and J. K. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Grisham has received more than 6,581,952 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). John Grisham is the 1,127th most popular writer (down from 899th in 2019), the 1,324th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,057th in 2019) and the 125th most popular American Writer.

John Grisham is most famous for his novels, which are usually legal thrillers.

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Notable Works

The Pelican Brief
Fiction / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense, Fiction / Legal
In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the front floor of a posh home... In a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death... The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief... To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder -- a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trust -- an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter than Watergate -- to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House's inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For somone has read Darby's brief. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable crime. From the Paperback edition.
The Partner
JOHN GRISHAM'S FIRST ORIGINAL E-SHORT In this standalone prequel to his #1 bestseller ROGUE LAWYER, John Grisham tells the story of how Sebastian Rudd finally found someone he could trust to be his driver, bodyguard, law clerk, and partner. Sebastian Rudd, rogue lawyer, defends people other lawyers won't go near. It's controversial and dangerous work, which is why Sebastian needs his bodyguard/assistant/sidekick: Partner. So if Sebastian is just about the most unpopular lawyer in town, why is Partner so loyal to him? How did they meet? And what's the real story of this man of few words who's as good with a gun as he is with the law? The surprising answers are all in PARTNERS, John Grisham's first exclusively digital short story.
The Client
Fiction / Legal
Eleven-year-old Mark Sway witnessed the suicide of a New Orleans attorney. Before he died he told Mark a deadly secret about the recent murder of a Louisiana senator whose accused killer, a Mafia thug, is about to go to trial. Mark hires a lawyer, Reggie Love, who loves helping kids overlooked or abused by the system.
A Time to Kill
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense, Fiction / Thrillers / General, Fiction / Legal
Before <i>The Firm</i> and  <i>The Pelican Brief</i> made him a superstar,  John Grisham wrote this riveting story of  retribution and justice -- at last it's available in a  Doubleday hardcover edition. In this searing courtroom  drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the  savage depths of racial violence...as he delivers  a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small  southern town...Clanton, Mississippi.  <br> <br> The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two  drunken and remorseless young man. The mostly  white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman  crime. Until her black father acquires an assault  rifle -- and takes justice into his own outraged  hands.<br> <br> For ten days, as burning crosses  and the crack of sniper fire spread through the  streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as  young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save  his client's life...and then his own...

Page views of John Grishams by language

Over the past year John Grisham has had the most page views in the with 726,541 views, followed by German (87,461), and Italian (75,909). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Serbian (164.10%), Ido (149.03%), and Esperanto (110.74%)


Among writers, John Grisham ranks 1,127 out of 7,302Before him are Norman Mailer, Antarah ibn Shaddad, Agathon, Marie of Cleves, Duchess of Orléans, Lü Dongbin, and Edmund Spenser. After him are August von Kotzebue, Lycophron, Clément Marot, Sami Frashëri, John Updike, and Fredric Brown.

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Among people born in 1955, John Grisham ranks 58Before him are Philippe Troussier, Zucchero Fornaciari, Jorge Valdano, Ante Gotovina, Al-Waleed bin Talal, and Safet Sušić. After him are J. K. Simmons, Jean Tigana, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Michael Rooker, Billy Idol, and Eddie Van Halen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Grisham ranks 1,324 out of 20,380Before him are Eliot Ness (1903), Larry King (1933), James Spader (1960), Ben E. King (1938), Wes Anderson (1969), and Mahalia Jackson (1911). After him are Michael Rockefeller (1938), Mark Ruffalo (1967), J. K. Simmons (1955), Dr. Dre (1965), Ronald Dworkin (1931), and William Boeing (1881).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Grisham ranks 125Before him are Tess Gerritsen (1953), Zelda Fitzgerald (1900), Valerie Solanas (1936), Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840), Michael Connelly (1956), and Norman Mailer (1923). After him are John Updike (1932), Fredric Brown (1906), Anne Rice (1941), E. Howard Hunt (1918), John Jacob Astor IV (1864), and Solomon Northup (1808).