John Grisham hails among some of the top bestselling authors most known for penning engaging legal thrillers that were face-paced, taut, and translated well onto the big screen to continually draw in new readers to his novels. Featuring characters who seemed to always serve as underdogs pitted against major corporations, business, and factions, Grisham knows how to tell a good story, as well as write across other genres including dramas, sports novels, children's series, and true crime.
Allow your Abilene Public Library to introduce you a little more to this author, and the style of writing he's most known for, so we may then highlight additional authors who write in similar styles. We do this in hopes to show you even more great reads to look out for at your library.
Grisham went to school to be a lawyer, and upon graduating, served in the House of Representatives and worked as a lawyer before then turning his attention to writing novels. Writing works that revolved around social issues, in much of his earlier works, lawyers were pitted against a corrupt legal profession, government, or big business, and had to find a way to take them down, even if that meant doing it as a one-man army. With gripping and emotional situations, intense action sequences, strong plot twists and more, readers fell in love with his style of writing in novels such as A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and others.
His style of writing certainly gave rise to a new sub-genre of thrillers where we were taken away from the standard detective and serial killer subject area, and taken into the world of the legal and political arenas.
If you're a fan of Grisham and you're looking for more suggestions on authors who write similar to him, then checkout some of these author read-alike suggestions.
Read-Alike Author: Harlan Coben
Coben is best known for authoring the Mickey Bolitar Series, and crafts novels that are suspenseful, focus on social issues, and are chock full of twists and turns that keep readers engaged throughout. Although not necessarily legal thrillers like Grisham, they are page-turning investigative novels in which justice is always trying to be found. With great characters and intricate storylines, start with the novel Tell No One and keep the fun going with the rest of his works.
Read-Alike Author: Michael Connelly
Connelly is a strong bestselling author known for authoring the Mickey Haller Series centering on a Los Angeles lawyer, who resembles many of the young lawyers featured in Grisham's novels. Having been recently adapted on the big screen with the release of The Lincoln Lawyer, his lead protagonist may be a lawyer, but often has questionable morals in his search to seek justice for his clients. Fans of Grisham will certainly find a great author in Connelly.
Read-Alike Author: David Baldacci
Baldacci is a great author suggestion as he crafts legal and political thrillers, using a host of leading characters working together to solve cases. Best known for the Camel Club Series, which ties in most closely with Grisham's novels, a group of misfits with different strengths use their skills to solve complex cases with multiple plot lines. Focusing on conspiracy and corruption, readers will find similar themes throughout, which may not deal so much with social issues, but will focus on themes of abuse of power by the government, corporate corruption, and more, which are themes found in Grisham's work. Fans will certainly delight in this bestselling author.
So take a chance on these authors if you're a fan of John Grisham, and give them a shot. You just might find another great series to dive into at your Abilene Public Library. With so many great books housed at all three locations, you should never be without something to read.
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