Ford County by John Grisham
Stories

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9 Critic Reviews

Such conflicted beatings, however, are seldom audible. They are drowned out by the roar of Grisham’s typically hell-for-leather plots, the skrawk of sketchy characterization, the clunk of tin-plated dialogue and (inevitably, one supposes) the ceaseless baying and barking of lawyers.
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BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to KillThis riveting collection of short stories features an unforgettable cast of characters: Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons embark on a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit Inez’s youngest son, Raymond—on death row. A hard-drinking, low-grossing divorce lawyer fed up with his wife, his life, and the law plans a drastic escape after an unexpected phone call. A quiet, unassuming data collector sets out to bring down a flashy casino owner with his skill at blackjack—as payback for the theft of his wife. A stalker hunts victims in a retirement home, a lawyer confronts a vengeful adversary from the past, and a young man from a prominent family is driven off by scandal and fear—but finds unexpected redemption on the wrong side of the tracks. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.
 

About John Grisham

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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, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction. Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
 
Published March 9, 2010 by Bantam. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Mar 11 2016

As always, Grisham balances his lawyerly preoccupations with a deep respect for his undereducated and overlooked characters.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Ron Powers on Nov 29 2009

Such conflicted beatings, however, are seldom audible. They are drowned out by the roar of Grisham’s typically hell-for-leather plots, the skrawk of sketchy characterization, the clunk of tin-plated dialogue and (inevitably, one supposes) the ceaseless baying and barking of lawyers.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Nov 01 2009

The answer isn’t hard to guess, but it’s the tactics that matter. A scam artist can have no better accomplice than Mr. Grisham when it comes to doing the wrong thing but doing it right.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman on Jan 22 2011

One might expect that somewhere in that writing would be a dull, uninteresting book, but I have yet to read it. Grisham’s venture into short stories provides readers with an invigorating and entertaining collection that prove once again that a bestselling author can also be an outstanding writer.

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The Washington Post

Above average
Reviewed by Carolyn See on Nov 06 2009

The stories march sturdily along. I dare you to raise your head from "Blood Drive," in which a man named Bailey is injured in a construction accident.

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Oregon Live

Above average
Reviewed by Peggy McMullen on Dec 12 2009

There is much dry humor and plain, driving storytelling...Mostly there are just folks, tumbled along by the course of life, sent spinning by fate to their small destinies.

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About.com Bestsellers

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Reviewed by Erin Collazo Miller on Mar 11 2016

Overall, I recommend Ford County. It is a must read for Grisham fans, and would be satisfying for anyone who wants beach or airport reading that is substantial without being too heavy.

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Boston.com

Below average
Reviewed by Kevin O’Kelly on Jan 05 2010

Unfortunately, even though Grisham works with fertile material and potentially compelling plots, “Ford County’’ is a failure.

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Madison Public Library/Dream Big Read

Good
Reviewed by Lesley on Dec 12 2009

I'm glad I picked it up. Each of these short stories include the occasional surprises and humor found in Grisham's novels while describing rural southern life in an entertaining way.

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