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Sparring Partners: The new collection of gripping legal stories - The Number One Sunday Times bestseller Hardcover – 31 May 2022
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***THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***
'Three sparkling Grisham stories for the price of one . . . Appealing entertainment' IRISH INDEPENDENT
'These three novellas in a single volume show Grisham at his masterful best, exquisite evocations of the law though far from complimentary about lawyers . . . A minor masterpiece' DAILY MAIL
Three thrilling stories of the law from the master of the legal thriller.
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 some 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 ticks down, Cody has only 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 one another, and speak to each other only when necessary. As the firm disintegrates, the 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 and try to save herself?
350+ million copies, 45 languages, 10 blockbuster films:
NO ONE WRITES DRAMA LIKE JOHN GRISHAM
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Grisham is on vintage form ― Financial Times
These three novellas in a single volume show Grisham at his masterful best, exquisite evocations of the law though far from complimentary about lawyers . . . A minor masterpiece ― Daily Mail
Grisham's work - always superior entertainment - is evolving into something more serious, more powerful, more worthy of his exceptional talent ― The Washington Post
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton; 1st edition (31 May 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1399708449
- ISBN-13 : 978-1399708449
- Dimensions : 15.8 x 3 x 23.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,315 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.