I published this book: While authors avoid the topic, every now and then the media brings up book sales — normally to either proclaim, yet again, the death of the novel, or to make sweeping generalizations about the attention spans of different generations. But even then, the data we are given is almost completely useless for anyone interested in fiction and literature.
Plot[ edit ] Mitchell Y. Mitch is married to his high school sweetheart, Abby Sutherlandan elementary school teacher who also attended Western Kentucky University.
His older brother Ray is imprisoned in Tennesseeand his other brother, Rusty, died in Vietnam. Mitch spurns offers from law firms in New York and Chicago in favor of signing with Bendini, Lambert and Locke, a small tax law firm based in Memphis. He finds the firm's offer—a large salary, a lease on a new BMW automobile and a low interest mortgage on a house  —too generous to resist.
Soon after he joins, his new colleagues help him study and pass his bar exam —the first priority for new associates.
Mitch is assigned to partner Avery Tolar, the firm's "bad boy," but a highly accomplished attorney. Two of Mitch's colleagues, Marty Kozinski and Joe Hodge, die in a scuba diving accident in the Cayman Islands a few days before he starts at the firm.
On his first scheduled day of work, Mitch attends their funerals. Mitch finds the deaths unsettling, but focuses on his goal of becoming the youngest partner in the firm's history. During a memorial service at the firm for the two deceased attorneys, Mitch notices plaques commemorating three other attorneys who died while working at the firm.
Suspicious, he hires a private investigatorEddie Lomax, an ex-cellmate of his brother Ray, to investigate the deaths of the attorneys. Lomax discovers that the other three deceased attorneys died under suspicious circumstances: While the details of their deaths don't add up, nothing concrete was ever proven.
Lomax cautions Mitch to be careful. Soon after delivering his report to Mitch, Lomax is murdered. While in Washington, D. The firm's founder, Anthony Bendini, was actually the son-in-law of old man Morolto. He founded the firm inand for almost half a century it has lured new lawyers from poor backgrounds with promises of wealth and security.
Although all of the work Mitch has done so far is legitimate, the firm is a front for a multi-million-dollar tax fraud and money laundering operation that accounts for as much as 75 percent of the firm's business. The partners and senior associates are heavily involved in laundering money from the Moroltos' gambling and drug-dealing operations by using it to start corporations, which buy up property and businesses around the world.
By the time a lawyer is aware of the firm's true nature, he cannot leave.
By the time he retires, he is too compromised to talk. No lawyer has escaped the firm alive; the five who tried to leave did so after finding out about the firm's ties to organized crime and were killed to keep them from talking.A popular and critical success when it appeared in , Carol Shields’s novel The Stone Diaries chronicled the life of a woman who almost disappears in the story.
John Grisham is no stranger to the bestseller list, and he also nabs two spots on the list: #8 for his newest release, Camino Island, and #4 for the mass market paperback edition of . Because of the success of his novels, the legal thriller is the most popular genre in American fiction today.
In this study, Pringle explains how Grisham's legal thriller evolved from the thriller tradition and borrowed from the heroic romance novel, gothic novel, crime novel, and detective fiction.
John Grisham’s legal novels are well-known to avid readers of that literary genre. THE INNOCENT MAN is Grisham’s first (and so far only) venture into non-fiction.
It tells the story of Ron Williamson, an Oklahoma boy with great. Publishing is the business of creating books and selling them to readers.
And yet, for some reason we aren’t supposed to talk about the latter. Most literary writers consider book sales a half-crass / half-mythological subject that is taboo to discuss.
Most literary writers consider book sales a. Stories from the Literary Trenches: why Best-Selling authors Such as John Grisham and dan Brown are Litigation Magnets Moderator: Mike diSilvestro, Media/Professional Insurance, Kansas City, Mo.
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