John Grisham’s writing is very stable.
If you read his first book The Firm (1991) and then Rogue Lawyer (2015), the only thing you’ll notice is the technology that the characters used has changed (from phones and faxes to mobiles/email/internet).
You will barely notice a shift in writing style.
He’s been a gripping writer all the way through.
You may be aware that he writes in 2 styles: Legal stories and non-legal stories.
I like his legal stories more. Even though A Painted House (2001) is fantastic, some of his others were not quite as interesting (sorry John if you are reading this!).
Therefore, if you are a new addict of John Grisham’s novels I propose this order:
- His legal stories first (in publishing order)
- Then his Jake Brigance and Theodore Boone series
- And then, just for fun, have a go at his non-legal stories after that