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The Boys from Biloxi
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The Boys from Biloxi
A Legal Thriller
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Two families. One courtroom showdown. • John Grisham’s most gripping thriller yet. • “A legal literary legend.” —USA Today
 
John Grisham returns to Mississippi with the riveting story of two sons of immigrant families who grow up as friends, but ultimately find themselves on opposite sides of the law. Grisham’s trademark twists and turns will keep you tearing through the pages until the stunning conclusion.
For most of the last hundred years, Biloxi was known for its beaches, resorts, and seafood industry. But it had a darker side. It was also notorious for corruption and vice, everything from gambling, prostitution, bootleg liquor, and drugs to contract killings. The vice was controlled by small cabal of mobsters, many of them rumored to be members of the Dixie Mafia.
 
Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco grew up in Biloxi in the sixties and were childhood friends, as well as Little League all-stars. But as teenagers, their lives took them in different directions. Keith’s father became a legendary prosecutor, determined to “clean up the Coast.” Hugh’s father became the “Boss” of Biloxi’s criminal underground. Keith went to law school and followed in his father’s footsteps. Hugh preferred the nightlife and worked in his father’s clubs. The two families were headed for a showdown, one that would happen in a courtroom.
 
Life itself hangs in the balance in The Boys from Biloxi, a sweeping saga rich with history and with a large cast of unforgettable characters.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Two families. One courtroom showdown. • John Grisham’s most gripping thriller yet. • “A legal literary legend.” —USA Today
 
John Grisham returns to Mississippi with the riveting story of two sons of immigrant families who grow up as friends, but ultimately find themselves on opposite sides of the law. Grisham’s trademark twists and turns will keep you tearing through the pages until the stunning conclusion.
For most of the last hundred years, Biloxi was known for its beaches, resorts, and seafood industry. But it had a darker side. It was also notorious for corruption and vice, everything from gambling, prostitution, bootleg liquor, and drugs to contract killings. The vice was controlled by small cabal of mobsters, many of them rumored to be members of the Dixie Mafia.
 
Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco grew up in Biloxi in the sixties and were childhood friends, as well as Little League all-stars. But as teenagers, their lives took them in different directions. Keith’s father became a legendary prosecutor, determined to “clean up the Coast.” Hugh’s father became the “Boss” of Biloxi’s criminal underground. Keith went to law school and followed in his father’s footsteps. Hugh preferred the nightlife and worked in his father’s clubs. The two families were headed for a showdown, one that would happen in a courtroom.
 
Life itself hangs in the balance in The Boys from Biloxi, a sweeping saga rich with history and with a large cast of unforgettable characters.
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About the Author-
  • John Grisham is the author of forty-seven consecutive #1 bestsellers, which have been translated into nearly fifty languages. His recent books include The Judge's List, Sooley, and his third Jake Brigance novel, A Time for Mercy, which is being developed by HBO as a limited series.
     
    Grisham is a two-time winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was honored with the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction.
     
    When he's not writing, Grisham serves on the board of directors of the Innocence Project and of Centurion Ministries, two national organizations dedicated to exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted. Much of his fiction explores deep-seated problems in our criminal justice system.
     
    John lives on a farm in central Virginia.
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  • Kirkus

    October 1, 2022
    Friends turn foes in this Mississippi mix of courtroom and crime. In 1960, 12-year-olds Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco are Little League fast-balling all stars and great friends in the Gulf Coast city of Biloxi, Mississippi. They'd love to make it to the big leagues one day, but alas, this story isn't Field of Dreams. The lads' lives diverge dramatically: Keith studies hard at Ole Miss, becomes an attorney, and sets up a law practice, while Hugh thrives in a seedy underworld of strip joints, honky-tonks, prostitution, and "unchecked vice" along "the poor man's Riviera." The Category 5 Hurricane Camille flattens Biloxi in 1969 and gives Keith many clients from cheated insurance policyholders. Unfortunately, Camille doesn't clean up the local underworld so much as rearrange it. So Keith decides to run for district attorney and put criminals behind bars. At first, corrupt county sheriff Fats Bowman isn't worried. "Need I remind you," he tells his gang, "that the graveyard is full of politicians who promised to clean up the Coast?" But he and Hugh soon feel the heat from Keith, and they fight back hard. Plenty of murders stoke the story's engine, naturally leading to courthouse scenes where the author excels. But how far will Hugh Malco go to keep Biloxi dirty and profitable? He wouldn't try to hurt his old pal, would he? This is a multigenerational tale also starring Keith's and Hugh's fathers, Jesse and Lance. Perhaps because the novel spans decades, a lot of material feels like summary--readers quickly learn that many residents are of Croatian descent, and there are barely enough mentions of Black people to acknowledge their existence. The interpersonal dynamics make the story, because attentive readers will suss where the plot is going from a country mile away. For one thing, it's a straight line save for one humongous surprise. But the author is always an engaging storyteller even when he could add another twist or two. Not vintage Grisham but still a worthy yarn.

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    October 15, 2022
    Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco were born a month apart in Biloxi, Mississippi, in the 1960s. They were best friends who played baseball together, and they might have remained close were it not for their fathers: Hugh's dad wound up being a big man in Biloxi's thriving organized crime world; Keith's father, on the other hand, was a crusading anti-crime prosecutor. As sons will do, each followed in his father's footsteps. Now, a tragedy sets the two men on a direct collision course, and nothing, not even a friendship that once was, will stop the war that is coming. Naturally, Grisham's latest is a legal thriller, complete with a riveting courtroom showdown, but it's also much more than that. It's a family saga reminiscent of Jeffrey Archer and Dennis Lehane, and in its exploration of the gray area between absolute right and absolute wrong, it frequently has the feel of a Don Winslow novel. Grisham has created some of his most memorable characters here (the supporting cast is especially rich and meaty), and readers will very quickly find themselves completely invested in the story and the lives of everyone who inhabits it. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Grisham's legions will follow him anywhere, but they will be especially thrilled to find him at the top of his game this time.

    COPYRIGHT(2022) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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