Sparring Partners - John Grisham

Sparring Partners

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2022-05-31
  • Genre: Short Stories
Score: 3.5
From 2,705 Ratings


#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.

Don’t miss John Grisham’s new book, THE EXCHANGE: AFTER THE FIRM, coming soon!


  • Pretty good

    By Cochlearius
    Grisham is a great, impressive storyteller. Sparring Partners did not seem fully baked, however.
  • Good read

    By SodaMichael
    Three separate stories. Perfect for reading during a flight or vacation. I originally thought that they would all come together in the third chapter (ie Rouge Lawyer) but was naught. A good read even though.
  • Threefer

    By General57
    Very well done three short stories. A nice follow up to a character introduced in a previous book. An interesting look at death row. Lastly a story of greed and family disfunction at a high level. I felt as if I knew the characters. I laughed aloud while reading about one of the characters using a snake to murder his wife. That is a true skill to make the reader laugh about a character doing a heinous act.
  • Great Book

    By Xris C.
    3 great stories and I wanted more of it. The thing I liked the most is the people, although breaking the law, got away.
  • Not what I expected

    By Lissette-Lala
    Not what I expected, a bit confused come to think of it? Three stories with no correlation to each other. Title is not appropriate being there are three different stories. Good writing but disappointed.
  • Big Disappointment

    By runnerd2
    This is not the John Grisham I’m used too.
  • No me gusto

    By Spanjosue
    Primera novela de Grisham que no me gusta. Queda inconclusa.
  • Three Separate Stories

    By Hartsterman
    This JG book is not my favorite. While the title is “SparringPartners”, it’s really three novellas that , to me, leave you hanging at the end of each one. I felt as though the stories never concluded, therefore this book was a little disappointing. JH - Utah
  • Disappointed RLV54

    By RLV54
    The writing was good as expected but very disappointed that this work is actually three short stories with no indication on the cover.
  • Disappointing

    By CarlyM15
    Why three short stories? It was confusing. Jake to death row to “sparring partners”? It didn’t make sense. And, the three completely different stories weren’t that interesting. I’ve read every John Grisham book and he’s an excellent writer but this was disappointing.