Last year, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham surprised his fans by releasing two books — one in the summer, Camino Island, and then his regular fall legal thriller, The Rooster Bar. This year, Grisham is back to putting out just one book, and readers have been asking for weeks about the plot details. . .
Finally, details are starting to come out, though a title still hasn’t been announced. What we do know is that this book will be Grisham’s 25th novel to date, that it’ll hit bookstores on October 23rd, and that it’ll take place in Clanton, Mississippi. Read the plot description below, then click here to pre-order your copy today!
John Grisham returns to Clanton, Mississippi, to tell the story of an unthinkable murder, the bizarre trial that follows it, and its profound and lasting effect on the people of Ford County.
Pete Banning was Clanton’s favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946. he rose early, drove into town, walked into the Church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete’s only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton—was “I have nothing to say.” And so the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.
Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck is the editor-in-chief of The Real Book Spy, and one of the thriller genre’s most well-recognized critics. He currently lives in southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children. For more information, make sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook!