Writer John Grisham

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on March 4, 2001

How many books has author John Grisham written?
—Nancy W., West Virginia

Prolific writer John Grisham, 46, whose name is synonymous with the legal thriller, has published 11 books since his first, A Time to Kill, debuted in 1988. Others include The Client, The Brethren, and The Pelican Brief. The lawyer-turned-writer just published his latest book, A Painted House, a story narrated by a 7-year-old farm boy and inspired by his own childhood in rural Arkansas. Grisham now splits his time between his Victorian home on a 67-acre Mississippi farm and a large plantation near Charlottesville, Va., (pop. 40,767). He lives with his wife of 16 years, Renee, and their two children, Ty, 14, and Shea, 12.