Sparring Partners Audiobook

Sparring Partners Audiobook
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John Grisham Sparring Partners Audiobook

«Homecoming» returns us to Ford County, the imaginary setting for several of John Grisham’s memorable works. Jake Brigance has returned, although he is not in the courtroom. He’s been asked to assist an old buddy, Mack Stafford, a former lawyer in Clanton who became a local legend three years ago when he stole money from his customers, divorced his wife, filed for bankruptcy, and abandoned his family in the middle of the night, never to be heard from again—until now. Mack has returned, and he’s counting on his old allies Jake and Harry Rex to assist him. His return home does not go as planned.

Cody Wallace, a young death row inmate approximately three hours from execution, is introduced in «Strawberry Moon.» His lawyers are unable to save him, the courts close the door, and the governor denies a last-minute clemency request. Cody has one last request as time runs out.

The Malloy brothers, Kirk and Rusty, are two brilliant young lawyers who inherited a once prosperous practice when its founder, their father, was sentenced to prison. Kirk and Rusty despise each other and only speak to each other when absolutely required. As the firm crumbles, the ensuing disaster falls on Diantha Bradshaw, the one person the partners trust. Will she be able to save the Malloys, or will she take a stance for the first time in her career in order to save herself?

These are three of John Grisham’s best stories, by turns suspenseful, amusing, forceful, and moving.

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John Grisham

John Grisham

John Grisham (born February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States), is an American author, attorney, and politician whose legal thrillers frequently topped best-seller lists and were adapted for film. Grisham went on to become one of the best-selling authors of modern fiction.

Grisham grew up in the Mississippi town of Southaven. He practiced law and served as a Democrat in the Mississippi state legislature from 1984 to 1989 after being admitted to the Mississippi bar in 1981. Grisham then took three years to write his first novel, A Time to Kill (1989; film 1996), which deals with the legal, social, and moral ramifications of a Mississippi Black man being tried for the murder of two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter. Despite favorable reviews for its well-crafted dialogue and sense of place, the novel did not sell well.

With his next novel, The Firm(1991; film1993, TV series2012), Grisham vowed to «take a naked stab at commercial fiction.» The novel is about a law school graduate who is seduced into joining a Memphis law firm that turns out to be a front for the Mafia. The sale of the film rights sparked a bidding war for the publishing rights, and within weeks of the book’s release, it was on The New York Times best-seller list, where it remained for nearly a year, allowing Grisham to give up his law practice and relocate to a farm in Oxford, Mississippi, with his family. Meanwhile, A Time to Kill, which was reissued in paperback, sold over three million copies.

In only three months, Grisham completed his third novel, The Pelican Brief (1992; film 1993), about a female law student investigating the assassinations of two Supreme Court justices. By March 1993, there were 5.5 million copies in print. The novel’s film rights were sold for more than $1 million. Another novel, The Client (1993; film 1994), eschewed suspense in favor of humour and slapstick energy. Critics almost unanimously agreed that the plot, which revolved around an 11-year-old boy who uncovers a mob-related murder plot, seemed tailor-made for the screen. Indeed, the novel’s film rights sold for $2.5 million, while the novel itself sold 2.6 million copies in 15 weeks. Grisham’s success continued with titles such as The Chamber (1994; film 1996), The Rainmaker (1995; film 1997), The Runaway Jury (1996; film 2003), and The Testament (1996). (1999).

Grisham took a break from his formulaic legal thrillers in 2001 with A Painted House (television film 2003), a story about a farm boy from rural Arkansas who discovers a troubling secret in his small town. Other nonlegal novels that followed were Skipping Christmas(2001; filmed as Christmas with the Kranks in2004), Bleachers(2003), Playing for Pizza(2007), Calico Joe(2012), and Sooley (2013). (2021). Camino Island (2017) and Camino Winds (2020) are crime thrillers about a female writer.

Grisham, on the other hand, continued to write legal fiction, with The Summons (2002), The Last Juror (2004), The Appeal (2008), The Litigators (2011), The Racketeer (2012), and Gray Mountain (2014) among his later works. Grisham returned to the racial politics that drove the events of A Time to Kill in Sycamore Row(2013), focusing on the lawyer from that book, Jake Brigance. The Whistler (2016) is about judicial misconduct, while Rogue Lawyer (2015) follows the exploits of a criminal defense attorney who enjoys taking on seemingly hopeless cases. The Rooster Bar (2017) follows three indebted law students who discover that their school and student-loan bank are both owned by a questionable Wall Street investor. Later legal thrillers by Grisham included The Reckoning(2018), about a decorated World War II soldier who murders a pastor after returning to Mississippi, and The Guardians(2019), about a lawyer attempting to exonerate a murderer. Grisham continued the story of Jake Brigance, who defends a teen accused of murder in A Time for Mercy (2020).

His first nonfiction book, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2006), delves into a 1982 murder case that resulted in the wrongfully sentencing of two Oklahoma men to death row. Grisham released the short-story collection Ford County in 2009. The following year saw the release of Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, the first in a series of young-adult novels. The sequels were Theodore Boone: The Accused (2011), Theodore Boone: The Activist (2013), Theodore Boone: The Fugitive (2015), Theodore Boone: The Scandal (2016), and Theodore Boone: The Accomplice (2017). (2019).

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Sparring Partners Audiobook Excerpt Transcript

It was one of those raw windy, dreary, Monday afternoons in February when gloom settled over the land and seasonal depression was rampant. The court was not in session, the phone wasn’t ringing. Petty criminals and other potential clients were busy elsewhere, with no thoughts whatsoever of hiring lawyers. The occasional caller was more likely to be a man or woman, still reeling from a holiday, overspending, and seeking advice about unpaid credit card accounts. Those were quickly sent next door or across the square or anywhere jake was at his desk upstairs making little progress with the stack of paperwork he’d been neglecting for weeks, even months with no court or hearing scheduled for days.

It should have been a good time to catch up with the old stuff, the fish files that every lawyer had for some reason said yes to a year ago and now just wanted to go away. The upside of small-town law practice, especially in your hometown, was that everyone knew your name, and that was what you wanted. It was important to be well thought of and liked with a good reputation when your neighbors got in trouble. You wanted to be the man they called. The downside was that their cases were always mundane and rarely profitable, but you couldn’t say no.

The gossip was fierce and unrelenting, and a lawyer who turned his back on his friends would not. Last long his funk was interrupted when Alicia his current part-time secretary chimed in through his desk phone jake. There’S a couple here to see you a couple married but wanting to get unmarried, another cheap divorce. He glanced at his daily planner, though he knew there was nothing. Do they have an appointment?

He asked, but only to remind Alicia that she shouldn’t be bothering him with foot traffic. No, but they’re, very nice, and they say it’s really urgent, they’re not going away said it wouldn’t take. But a few minutes jake loved being bullied in his own office. He would take a stand and get rid of him on a busier day. Do they appear to have any money?

The answer was always no well, they do seem relatively affluent in ford county, somewhat intriguing, Alicia continued they’re from Memphis and just passing through. But again they say it’s very important, any idea what it is no well, it wouldn’t be a divorce if they lived in Memphis. He ran through a list of possibilities. Grandma’S will some old family land, maybe a kid busted for drugs over at ole miss since he was bored and mildly curious and needed an excuse to avoid the paperwork he asked. Did you tell them that I’m tied up in a settlement conference call with a dozen lawyers?

No, did you tell them I’m doing federal court over in oxford and can only spare a moment or two? No did you tell them that I’m slammed with other appointments? No, it’s pretty obvious. The place is empty and the phone isn’t ringing. Where are you I’m in the kitchen?


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