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Sparring Partners: Novellas (Jake Brigance) Paperback – Large Print, 1 Jan. 1900
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"Homecoming" takes us back to Ford County, the fictional setting of many of John Grisham's unforgettable stories. Jake Brigance is back, but he's not in the courtroom. He's called upon to help an old friend, Mack Stafford, a former lawyer in Clanton, who three years earlier became a local legend when he stole money from his clients, divorced his wife, filed for bankruptcy, and left his family in the middle of the night, never to be heard from again--until now. Now Mack is back, and he's leaning on his old pals, Jake and Harry Rex, to help him return. His homecoming does not go as planned.
In "Strawberry Moon," we meet Cody Wallace, a young death row inmate only three hours away from execution. His lawyers can't save him, the courts slam the door, and the governor says no to a last-minute request for clemency. As the clock winds down, Cody has one final request.
The "Sparring Partners" are the Malloy brothers, Kirk and Rusty, two successful young lawyers who inherited a once prosperous firm when its founder, their father, was sent to prison. Kirk and Rusty loathe each other, and speak to each other only when necessary. As the firm disintegrates, the resulting fiasco falls into the lap of Diantha Bradshaw, the only person the partners trust. Can she save the Malloys, or does she take a stand for the first time in her career and try to save herself?
By turns suspenseful, hilarious, powerful, and moving, these are three of the greatest stories John Grisham has ever told.
Grisham's work--always superior entertainment--is evolving into something more serious, more powerful, more worthy of his exceptional talent. --The Washington Post
"The law, by its nature, creates drama, and a new Grisham promises us an inside look at the dirty machineries of process and power, with plenty of entertainment." --Los Angeles Times
"A legal literary legend." --USA Today
About the Author
Grisham is a two-time winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was honored with the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction.
When he's not writing, Grisham serves on the board of directors of the Innocence Project and of Centurion Ministries, two national organizations dedicated to exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted. Much of his fiction explores deep-seated problems in our criminal justice system.
John lives on a farm in central Virginia.
- Publisher : Diversified Publishing; Large type / Large print edition (1 Jan. 1900)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593632362
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593632369
- Dimensions : 15.37 x 2.24 x 23.29 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 121,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Judging from the dates in one of the stories they may have been early in the authors career and maybe left on the shelf unfinished as a result.
This just left me disappointed as I’ve really enjoyed the majority of his previous novels. Hopefully his next book will get back to form.
Yes it's always a page turning read but the literary reward is absent. Oh well I guess there is 2023!
Grisham's first novella collection - 3 stories.
Homecoming - p. 6 - 128.
Features Jake Brigance helping fellow lawyer who stole and disappeared with clients money.
Good story, builds well but rushed ending.
Strawberry Moon - p.129 - 179
Death Row inmates last 3 hours.
Concentrates on the inmate as opposed to the legal system.
Gives an insight into his survival and importance of books and reading to escape his confinement.
Sparring Partners - p. 180 - 304.
Feuding law firm partners and their imprisoned father.
Bribery, pardons, double dealing.
Features some court room action.
Strong familiar characters/location.
Traditional Grisham themes.
If a longer novel ending would develop slower.
Well worth a read for all, especially fans.
Covers traditional Grisham topics well.
Would recommend The Chamber as a traditional Death Row novel and The Runaway Jury for court room action.
The problem with a short story is that there is no time for the author to develop the characters and therefore empathy. When I read a story I want to be rooting for at least one of the characters and see a build-up to a satisfying conclusion. In the case of two out of the three stories in Sparring Partners I didn’t care for any of the players. The middle story of the trilogy was the exception, and it was quite tragic. It was a heart-rending illustration of Grisham’s thoughts about the death penalty. It was the one section that built empathy for the main character – but sadly there was never going to be a good ending.
I am afraid this book, much of which seems to have been written early in the author's writing career, left me feeling disappointed and dissatisfied. However, it won’t stop me reading John Grisham’s books – many of them are excellent.
The first story looked like it was intriguing to start with but then I realised it was just padded out with small talk details about nothing of interest to a Grisham fan.
The 2nd story is about a man on death row waiting for a stay of execution. Absolutely depressing and been covered in two previous books.
3rd story is about a family squabbling law firm which also leaves you high and dry.
If you read this review you'll have more fun.
I have read everything that Grisham has written and Absolutely 💯 loved all the previous books. What's going on? Covid? Ghost writer??
Come on John stop messing about and get back to work.