John Gr­isham

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His most re­cent books have seen the au­thor of le­gal thrillers The Firm and The Client branch out, tak­ing in top­ics such as stu­dent loans ( The Rooster Bar), stolen lit­er­ary works ( Camino Is­land) and the gam­ing in­dus­try ( The Whistler), but for Gr­isham’s 39th novel, it’s back to the court­room and a re­turn to Clan­ton, Mis­sis­sippi – the fic­tional town in which he has set sev­eral pre­vi­ous tales. The slowly evolv­ing plot – also a change from his sto­ries of late – con­cerns the shoot­ing of the town’s pas­tor by lo­cal hero Pete Ban­ning. Why did the war vet­eran gun down the re­li­gious leader? Gr­isham is hop­ing you care enough about the an­swer to stick with him un­til the end. Not ev­ery­one will. (Out now)

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