Sparring Partners - John Grisham

Sparring Partners

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2022-05-31
  • Genre: Short Stories
Score: 3.5
From 2,507 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.


  • 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.
  • Amazing, intriguing!

    By Julsmalone
    If you start this book with the knowledge that it is, in fact, 3 separate, non-related novellas, I’m confident you will LOVE IT! It was nice to take a quick break in between stories, but starting a new one - I couldn’t put it down!
  • She got ‘um

    By got'm slaw
    Dinatha got’m in the end !
  • Does not measure up

    By Dino fun zoo
    Disappointing and not of the same quality you would expect from a John Grisham novel.

    By TGford
    I prefer a clear ending to a story. None of the 3 so called novellas offered this. I truly thought I was reading a good continuing story about Jake Brigance. Not so. Very disappointing. You need to do better Grisham!!
  • Want my money back!

    By Wantagoodread
    I understand an author wants to delve into new territory and not write the same formulaic drivel. BUT- this work is actually three totally unrelated novellas. And, for that matter, none of them came to a conclusion! So, I guess there will be a sequel to bring each to a denouement. Very, very, disappointing work. I pre-ordered this before reviews came out- hey, it’s Grisham, it’s gonna be good, right? Learned my lesson. Won’t pre-order again.