Let me be frank. Like any practising lawyer, I would prefer to write novels and have them made into movies by Hollywood. A decade ago, John Grisham was practising as a lawyer somewhere in the American South. The Runaway Jury is his seventh novel about the legal process. Its six predecessors have sold some 75 million copies in the English language. Four have already been released as films. The others have no doubt been the subject of deals in the Polo Bar of the Beverley Hills Hotel. How is this phenomenon to be explained?
Recommended CitationSexton, M., John Grisham: The chamber (London: Century 1994); The rainmaker (London: Century 1995); The runaway jury (London: Century 1996), Law Text Culture, 3, 1997, 232-235.