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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (October 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038553714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385537148
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,938 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An important new novel . . . Grisham’s work—always superior entertainment—is evolving into something more serious, more powerful, more worthy of his exceptional talent. —Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
 
“John Grisham makes a powerful closing argument against Big Coal, but the message never obscures a satisfying, old fashioned, good guy-bad guy legal thriller.” —Christian Science Monitor
 
Grisham has written one of his best legal dramas in quite some time with this dive into small-town politics. There's a mystery, but that's a minor portion of the story. The main thrust that will engage readers is Samantha Kofer and the cast of characters that help her discover her passion.” —Associated Press

About the Author

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-seven novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and four novels for young readers. 

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Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, John Grisham was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby--writing his first novel. Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, 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. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.That might have put an end to Grishams hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza, and The Appeal) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man.

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Customer Reviews

Ending a little too predictable.
Mollie
I really wanted this book to be good, and kept hoping it would get better, but at the end, all I could think was, "is that all there is?"
Mark D. Wilson
Story is very compelling and fast moving and keeps your attention where its hard to put the book down.
Mary

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

314 of 351 people found the following review helpful By Reader on October 21, 2014
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Always a fan of John Grisham for his finely etched characterizations and ability to draw the reader into the courtroom drama of which his books are based. This book reads more like a docu drama. I did not like Samantha the female protagonist, who seemed a flat cardboard person who is self absorbed and shallow....bored with her job in a big law firm until she is unexpectedly let go due to the stock market crash. Then she is introduced to a world of the Appalachian "real people" through her volunteering at a free legal clinic and consequently becomes aware of many issues involving hardcore poverty and the huge environmentally devastating coal mining industry. Do not expect an armchair reading the usual Grisham novel generates....I put it down several times tired of the characters and being preached at about a thinly veiled attempt to spread the word of governmental collusion with the coal industry.
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172 of 191 people found the following review helpful By michael bartow on October 25, 2014
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Really, no ending. Just a wandering diatribe. I'm a Grisham fan but I was never "involved" in this book. Shallow characters, unresolved issues. As a male author with a female main character I have to say he shouldn't try this again. She was one hundred percent vanilla. I'm still wondering what the point of the novel was. Read Sycamore Road but don't bother with this.
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171 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Pamela L. Jarnigan on October 23, 2014
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Jeez, no ending. It just stopped. I feel ripped off, for the price of the book plus the time invested in reading it
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline K. on October 25, 2014
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This was the most boring book I have read in years. The characters were uninspiring and dull and it did not feel as though Mr. Grisham had written this book as I have read all his previous books and loved them. I did not finish the book and I would not recommend it to anyone. A complete waste of one's time
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135 of 153 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth on October 24, 2014
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I kept waiting for the excitement to begin....never happened. Main character Pollyanna and weak. Very sorry I spent time and money on this book. I have read all of his books and can't believe it is the same author.
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452 of 534 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 5, 2014
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In nineteen ninety-three, John Grisham delivers a stunning and suspenseful novel, The Pelican Brief: A Novel, which revolves around the assassination of two Supreme Court justices, and the female protagonist Darby Shaw undeterred by the threats to her life uncovered a deep-rooted presidential conspiracy. Twenty-one years later, Grisham returns with a female protagonist for only the second time in his illustrious career as he crafted another stupefying legal thriller, this time not targeting the highest echelons of government but the deepest pits of the dark and perilous world of coal mining.

Set against the backdrop of the Great Recession of 2008, Gray Mountain by bestselling author John Grisham follows a 29-year-old female Manhattan associate attorney who gets downsized and is forced to leave her Wall Street law firm two weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers to work a year in the small-town of Brady, Virginia. Samantha Kofer's journey from New York's largest law firm to a small legal aid clinic in the heart of Appalachia with a population of 2200 as an unpaid intern borders on the ludicrous. Yet, that is the only possible route back to her job in the future.

When Samantha meets Mattie Wyatt, her new boss and the head of the Mountain Legal Aid Clinic, she realizes there's much to learn and that Mattie has a lot to teach her on how to assist people who face genuine problems. It enables her to work on things she had never done during her three-year stay at New York's Scully & Pershing. Apart from actually preparing a lawsuit, Samantha also gets to work her way around courtrooms, topping it with a tongue-lashing from a judge.
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83 of 95 people found the following review helpful By David Cahn on October 24, 2014
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I'm almost halfway through this book, and NOTHING has happened, except for endless exposition about the evils of coal mining, which, while true, is no substitute for an actual plot. Don't waste your money!
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101 of 120 people found the following review helpful By James T. Kennedy MD on October 25, 2014
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Obviously, no editor at Doubleday had the balls to tell their mega-author that the company does not publish unfinished manuscripts. Clearly, the guaranteed millions and the sound of ca-ching at the cash registers overcame any scruples about serving their readers’ interests. Thus, there is John Grisham’s 29th novel, Gray Mountain, to consider.

Samantha Kofer, a twenty-something attorney, gets bounced from her success tracked, but mind-numbing, job at a huge Manhattan law firm by the Lehman crash. She finds herself cast out to backwoods Appalachia working as an unpaid intern for a legal services firm. For a full half of the book the author relates her introduction to real people and real law. If there’s a plot beyond this life lesson, the reader can’t divine it. Then on page 209 a chapter ends with, “On November 24, three days before Thanksgiving, they found him dead.” Let the story begin. The reader can assume Grisham has spent half his book setting the scene and putting the necessary characters in place. The dead man, Donovan Gray, is a victim of aviation sabotage. He was the knight-errant in battles with Big Coal and their corrupt lawyers. They screw everybody. He fights back. The good guys have Samantha’s dad, a disbarred lawyer with decades of experience suing airlines over crashes. Nothing aviation gets past him. He even provides venture cash for small lawyers to sue deep pocket opponents. The bad guys enlist the corrupted FBI to do their bidding, but the good guys have Samantha’s mother, a well placed official in the Justice Department. Everything seems to revolve around another Grisham document caper. Stolen documents that can prove crimes committed by the coal company are now in the possession of the recently murdered, Quixote-like lawyer’s “firm.
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