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Publisher's Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham is the acknowledged master of the legal thriller. In his first collection of novellas, law is a common thread, but America’s favorite storyteller has several surprises in store. 

“Homecoming” takes us back to Ford County, the fictional setting of many of John Grisham’s unforgettable stories. Jake Brigance is back, but he’s not in the courtroom. He’s called upon to help an old friend, Mack Stafford, a former lawyer in Clanton, who three years earlier became a local legend when he stole money from his clients, divorced his wife, filed for bankruptcy, and left his family in the middle of the night, never to be heard from again—until now. Now Mack is back, and he’s leaning on his old pals, Jake and Harry Rex, to help him return. His homecoming does not go as planned.

In “Strawberry Moon,” we meet Cody Wallace, a young death row inmate only three hours away from execution. His lawyers can’t save him, the courts slam the door, and the governor says no to a last-minute request for clemency. As the clock winds down, Cody has one final request. 

The “Sparring Partners” are the Malloy brothers, Kirk and Rusty, two successful young lawyers who inherited a once prosperous firm when its founder, their father, was sent to prison. Kirk and Rusty loathe each other, and speak to each other only when necessary. As the firm disintegrates, the resulting fiasco falls into the lap of Diantha Bradshaw, the only person the partners trust. Can she save the Malloys, or does she take a stand for the first time in her career and try to save herself?

By turns suspenseful, hilarious, powerful, and moving, these are three of the greatest stories John Grisham has ever told.

©2022 Doubleday (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Poor Jeff Daniels

I picture a rookie audible producer intimidated by Jeff Daniels star power saying yes Mr. Daniels you sound great, more gravel in your voice more smoke! Sort of like Christopher Walken telling Will Ferrell more cowbell. I am a huge Grisham fan and can't wait for 2 years to pass for another book to come out. I am also a big fan of Jeff Daniels and I know that he sounds better than this. he was going for that slow southern voice, but just doesn't make it. I just wanted to let readers know that if they are having the same troubles listening to an irritating voice to increase the voice speed to a 115% and that way jeff Daniels sounds a little bit better. I hope Mr. Grisham is working on an opus for 2024, not having time this year but to slip us stuff he had in a drawer. but still awesome stuff!

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This needs Michael Beck!

It should be against the law for any of the characters in A Time To Kill to be read by anyone other than Michael Beck. No one can bring those characters to life like he can. January LaVoy deserves five stars for her part in these stories, however, Jeff Daniels and Ethan Hawke should stick to acting. They are wonderful actors! The actual stories were sub par with the exception of Sparring Partners, that one kept my interest. Perhaps it was January's talent that kept my interest. Either way the other two stories fell short of John Grisham's level of talent. I truly hope he does more books with Jake Brigance and gets Michael Beck to read the novel.

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Disappointed!

Not his usual great stories. You keep waiting for something to happen but it just doesn’t.

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Don’t miss these are three short stories !!

Just an attempt to make money on ideas that cannot be developed further into a novel so let’s clump three together as Novellas. Well, I fell for it.

Disappointing.

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After “Homecoming”, I’m not sure I will subject myself to the other two novellas. Four hours long, but it could’ve only been one
sentence long — “Lawyer who stole money from clients and fled tries to return home, but he ends up leaving town again.”

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The narrator’s vocal fry is annoying and unnecessary

Great story line. Was excited to hear back from Jake Brigance. The narrator did a great job delivering the story which made the vocal fry completely unnecessary and annoying

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Three novellas

In forty seven years at the bar, iVe seen my share of lawyers who have gone bad as well as injustices which could never be corrected. Grisham has two. One novella features a lawyer from Clinton Mississippi who flees to Costa Rica with a fortune of stolen client money. The second entry is the sad tale of a kid convicted of murder whose appeals have failed. The final tale takes place in an old family firm whose brothers hate one another but are equally determined to let dad rot in prison for killing their mom. The objective is fueled by greed for the “tobacco money” being paid to the firm into numbered accounts. It doesn’t work well for any of them.

Fanciful you say? Well, I have tried a case against a lawyer currently serving fifty years for I $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme. Another lawyer I went to school with stole from his own father, not to mention his wife, his father-in-law and his mistress. Freed is an occupational hazard for some lawyers.

These are the kind of takes lawyers tell each other over drinks. Most well never cross the lines to steal their partner’s money, but those that do, get talked about forever.

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Not his best

Perhaps the format displeased me enough to alter my view of y the stories. I'm not a fan of short stories. I like to listen to books. Certainly Grisham has been a mainstay of my love of novels.

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Disappointed

I can’t even write a review. I waited for months for the release of this book. Then wasted a credit on it. Live a and learn.

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3 great short stories

I loved all three short stories. I usually read all novels. This time I chose to listen as I was driving to and from a visit with my brother and family living in another state. Listening shortened the drive and helped keep me awake.

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