John Grisham is a writer synonymous with legal thrillers. I have just finished reading The Whistler, one of his most recent novels, and I loved it. It has a heady mixture of organized crime, legal drama, corruption, murder, American cultural references and a whole lot of money. It is realistic and has intriguing characters. Like Stephen King, John Grisham has the ability to let you into his character’s heads, and make them appear familiar to the reader. These are people whose lives you can relate to, and you can’t stop reading what happens to them when they are put into tense situations and life-threatening scenarios.
I became a John Grisham fan from reading that very first novel, A Time to Kill (1989). A few years later, I saw the movie, but the book had a much deeper impact on me. Not only did it hit right at the heart of the civil rights movement, but the hard-hitting story itself as well as the writing style of the author inspired me as a writer. I went onto enjoy reading such thrillers as The Firm, Pelican Brief, and The Client, all of which became hit movies with famous actors such as Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon.