The Chamber- SIGNED - John Grisham 1994 - Doubleday, New York - First Edition, First Printing A fine first edition, signed by Grisham.

‘Twenty -six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.

Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. He has run out of chances — except for one: the young, liberal Chicago lawyer who just happens to be his grandson.’

‘Mesmerizing… with an authority and originality… and with a grasp of literary complexity that makes Scott Turow’s novel’s pale by comparison — Grisham returns.’ –
San Francisco Chronicle.

Grisham’s fifth novel, and the basis for the 1996 film starring Gene Hackman, Chris O’Donnell and Faye Dunaway.
  ‘A dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with moral uncertainties… Grisham is at his best.’ – People.

‘Compelling… Powerful… The Chamber will make readers think long and hard about the death penalty.’ –
USA Today.

‘His best yet.’ –
The Houston Post.

John Grisham [1955- ] - Second of five siblings. His father was a construction worker and cotton farmer, who moved the family all around the southern United States, stopping wherever he could find work. Eventually they settled in Southaven, Mississippi. Encouraged by his mother, Grisham was an avid reader, especially fond of the work of John Steinbeck, whose clarity he admired greatly. Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realising he didn’t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade at a small-town law practice in Southaven, specializing in criminal defence and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

In 1984, at the De Soto County courthouse in Hernando, Grisham heard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year- old rape victim. He decided to write a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had decided to take the law into his own hands and murder his daughter’s attackers.
A Time to Kill took him three years to complete and although initially rejected by a number of publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, which initiated a modest 5,000-copy printing, publishing in June of 1988. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list, The Firm became the best-selling novel of 1991. This success enabled Grisham to focus on writing.

References: Penguin Random House.

8vo. pp. 486. Publisher's half burgundy cloth over grey paper boards, spine lettered in gilt, author’s signature in gilt to front panel. Dust jacket priced at U.S. $24.95 CANADA $29.95 to front flap. First Edition Stated First Print and with number line 13579108642. 0694 bottom inside rear dust jacket flap.
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