John Ray Grisham, Jr. is an American lawyer and author, best known for his popular legal thrillers. Grisham graduated from Mississippi State University before attending the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981 and practiced criminal law for about a decade. He also served in the House of Representatives in Mississippi from January 1984 to September 1990. Beginning writing in 1984, he had his first novel A Time To Kill published in June 1989.
Grisham's first best seller was The Firm. Released in 1991, it sold more than seven million copies. The book was later adapted into a feature film in 1993, and a TV series in 2012. Eight of his other novels have also been adapted into films. His books have been translated into 29 languages and published worldwide.