Sparring Partners

By John Grisham

Sparring Partners - John Grisham
  • Release Date: 2022-05-31
  • Genre: Short Stories
Score: 3.5
From 1,249 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.


  • Total crap

    By Ffghjbjhh
    Dumbest thing ever
  • Sparring Partners

    By KT4R
    3 short stories instead of one novel like the title implies. The endings are like tv series cliff hangers. The readers are left with guessing what happens next. I kept hoping the stories would be brought together in some intertwined way in a great ending as his many past books I’ve loved have done.
  • Clearly a money grab

    By with rasberries
    Very disappointed in this work product by john Grisham Nor worthy of his skills or up to the standard he has previously set
  • Endings are too short

    By elle burger
    The first and third stories are terrific,however the endings could have been longer and more detailed. It was like what happens next? The second story was dull and boring.
  • Where’s the rest of the book?

    By Marileewra
    This was just 3 short stories with no ending and with barely developed characters. Huge disappointment.
  • Sparring Partners

    By 323EL
    This is a compilation of three small novellas, not a single novel. While all the stories were very interesting, they all seem unfinished. Disappointing for John Grisham.
  • Sparring Partners - A+

    By playingforpizza
    What a fantastic book. An amazing legal thriller with a cool plot and lots of drama. Highly recommended!!!
  • Poor at best

    By good story 123
    Not a Grisham type writing. Three mini plots in one book with no endings to any of them. Grisham is loosing his touch. Never would have spent the money for this had I known it was goi g to be such a hospog.
  • Disappointed

    By ETretired
    I’ve read 34 of his books, and always appreciated how he developed the characters and wrapped up the story. This unfinished ending left me saying, WHAT? Didn’t read the last two stories.
  • 3 short stories

    By Kellyalex
    I love the writing but it felt like 3 short stories without endings.