If you like John Grisham, you'll love...


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John Grisham is one of the most successful authors working today. Known for his page-turning legal thrillers, Grisham has written 27 books, which have collectively sold nearly 300 million copies worldwide. If you're fan of books like A Time to Kill, former International Festival of Authors programmer Rachel Harry believes you'll love the Canadian novel Trial of Passion by William Deverell. She was on CBC Radio's The Next Chapter to explain why:


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Why John Grisham is so successful:

He writes fast-paced tense stories. They are all thick with plot that culminate in a heavy resolution. He's a wonderful storyteller. I think part of the reason he's been so, so successful is because a number of his early books - The Firm, The Client, A Time to Kill - were made into films, with people like Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts at the heights of their careers. Grisham capitalized on that. If a writer were to put out that same kind of story over and over again, which Grisham perfected, then you're almost guaranteed a certain level of popularity. And they're fun. There's no denying he's talented. You pick these books up and you can't put them down. They are great books.


Why John Grisham fans will love Trial of Passion:

Trial of Passion focuses on Arthur Beauchamp, a lawyer who has recently retired from his hectic life in Vancouver and is blissfully starting over on a remote island off the coast. But when a law school dean is accused of rape by a beautiful young law student, Beauchamp is convinced to come out of retirement to defend him. Both Grisham and Deverell know all about the law. There's great courtroom excerpts and there is lots of drama and lots of suspense. With Deverell, it took me a little bit longer to get into it, but I will say that the pay-off was greater. The characters were much more complex. It's great book. And it's funny!


Rachel Harry's comments have been condensed and edited.


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