Sparring PartnersJohn Grisham

Sparring Partners

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Sparring Partners by John Grisham Book Summary

#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.

Sparring Partners (John Grisham) Book Reviews

Great, as usualFun summer read. I’d love to see more of Mack & Corey..Score: 5/5

Want my money back!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..Score: 2/5

Sparring PartnersI will never buy another Grisham book. The totally unfinished part 1 of Sparring Partners was enough to kill my interest in his books and bring the pledge to never buy another Grisham book!!!.Score: 1/5

She got ‘umDinatha got’m in the end !.Score: 5/5

Poor at bestNot 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..Score: 1/5

Disappointed, 3 short stories3 short stories in one book. Expected a book in the series, but stories are unrelated and don’t really give an ending..Score: 1/5

Sparring partnersHave been a long time Grisham fan but this book was awful and I’m mad I wasted money. Didn’t realize it was 3 short stories that never fully develop. It’s almost like he started 3 stories and couldn’t find a good way to develop them so he just writes an abrupt careless ending to each w characters you can’t find a way to care about. Super super disappointing.Score: 1/5

Endings are too shortThe 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..Score: 4/5

Sparring PartnersNot worth the time or money. None of the three short stories actually end. Grisham has done far, far better than this..Score: 3/5

What???So disjointed…I don’t get it..Score: 2/5

What a disappointmentThree old manuscripts that didn’t make it as a full novel, and if read them - especially the first two - you’ll see why. A greedy publisher packaged them to sell a book and, in doing so, did a disservice to the author and his readers.Score: 1/5

3 Incomplete StoriesLike missing the first 30 minutes of a movie and leaving 20 minutes before the end. What a letdown..Score: 1/5

Not worth $5.00What a huge disappointment. I should have listened to the reviews. Three boring short stories…Grisham must have these plots in mind for three books…in his early..and I say very early attempts at establishing himself as a beloved author..Score: 1/5

Short storiesI was expecting another awesome blood by this author, but instead found this book as a series of short, unrelated stories. Disappointed..Score: 2/5

This ain’t right!This is not a novel. It’s 3 short stories, none of which are fully developed. Quite disappointing….Score: 2/5

Wait, what???Didn't read the intro, thus spent the entire book waiting on the three stories to connect...ugh! As a loyal reader of Grisham from "Day 1," I will likely continue to purchase based on enjoyment of previous work, but do better, John least give us the endings!!.Score: 2/5

Quick Read!His writing locks me in and I can’t take a break… another great read..Score: 5/5

It’s like he forgot to finish the booksThree unfinished books in one.Score: 1/5

DisappointedEach year I eagerly wait for John Grisham’d new book. I was disappointed in these short stories. It felt as though Lu just as they became interesting, it was over..Score: 2/5

Total crapDumbest thing ever.Score: 1/5

Sparring PartnersI am so disappointed in this book. It is so disjointed and the ending is a big fat mess…I truly counldnt imagine this was the ending. A lot of pages….just that….pages..Score: 1/5

Sparring Partners3 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..Score: 2/5

Amazing, intriguing!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!.Score: 5/5

3 short storiesI love the writing but it felt like 3 short stories without endings..Score: 3/5

The worst ending ever!Had no idea the end of the story was coming! Sucked.Score: 1/5

VERY DISAPPOINTINGI 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!!.Score: 2/5

Sparring PartnersWow the ending was horrible.Score: 3/5

Unconnected novellas and all disappointingIn total, I kept wondering how or if to connect these three stories. Then realizing they don’t connect, I was disappointed in all three individually. Grisham has been a master but this felt like a commercialized money grab as some other famous authors have done. Let’s all hope that he puts more time into his craft and does not become so greedy to begin licensing his name to novels written by others as so many other great writers have done. This attempt is an early warning of Grisham’s future attempt to sacrifice his quality for quantity and money. I was disappointed.Score: 1/5

DisappointedI’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..Score: 1/5

Sparring PartnersI have read many John Grisham ‘s books and liked all of them, except Sparring Partners. The stories didn’t develop well, the plots leave you with the feeling that they did not conclude. Also, the stories do not flow well, l felt like several events were happening,but the connection among them was not clear..Score: 1/5

Sparring Partners - A+What a fantastic book. An amazing legal thriller with a cool plot and lots of drama. Highly recommended!!!.Score: 5/5

Not his bestFeels like 3 stories that he had lying around, so he put out a book. More anti-death penalty writing and evil lawyers. I think maybe he should just retire and enjoy his money..Score: 2/5

DisappointedNot what I expected..Score: 1/5

Sparring PartnersNot up to par with his past books. Disappointing:(.Score: 2/5

Sparring PartnersThis 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..Score: 2/5

I want my $$ backSo disappointing. What a waste of my time..Score: 1/5

Grisham has lost it!! Terrible bookThis is one of the worst Grisham books I have ever read. This man has lost it. I can’t believe he would put his name on such a pathetic book. What a waste of time and money.Score: 1/5

Money backI’m be liked Grisham’s books until this one (or was it 2 or 3). Pathetic shorts stories! Very disappointed!.Score: 1/5

Always love a Grisham bookAlthough this is pitched as a Jake Brigance book, only the first novella involves the Ford County characters. It would lead you to believe all 3 were about them, so it was a bit of a letdown. However, that being said, still enjoyed all 3 stories and each one could have been expanded into a full novel. I look forward to Grisham’s publications and this did not disappoint..Score: 5/5

Sparring partnersNo,conclusions. What happened to Jake &Harry Rex and Mack. And what happens to the Mallory’s. Are you going to send us two free books to make up for this joke.Score: 3/5

Worse Grisham book I’ve ever read....absolute ripoff.I don’t know if this was advertised as a book of short (bad) stories. If it was I missed it. There are 3 separate unrelated, poorly written stories that literally have no substance, minimal plot and zero conclusion, they just end. I can only come to the conclusion the author is suffering through financial difficulty and threw together a book in a few days and for whatever reason it was published. I NEVER write reviews but I was offended enough by this garbage to do so. I deserve my $14.99 back. This isn’t even a book..Score: 1/5

Not Your Usual Grisham3 stories unrelated and boring. Don’t think I will be purchasing any more Grisham books. In my opinion he’s lost his story telling abilities..Score: 1/5

Terrible3 stories and none with an actual ending. That was a total waste of $15 I won’t get back.Score: 1/5

Stories end without an end3 stories, only 1 of which relates to the title in reality. Each ends without a true climax for the story written. One of the worst Grisham books I’ve ever read..Score: 2/5

Where’s the rest of the book?This was just 3 short stories with no ending and with barely developed characters. Huge disappointment..Score: 2/5

Good readI enjoyed reading each of the stories and I liked the way he left the endings. I just wish they had been longer because I love Grisham novels and hate to finish them..Score: 4/5

DisappointingWhy 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..Score: 2/5

Clearly a money grabVery disappointed in this work product by john Grisham Nor worthy of his skills or up to the standard he has previously set.Score: 2/5

Sparring PartnersStories were just OK. The novels are clearly better..Score: 3/5

Does not measure upDisappointing and not of the same quality you would expect from a John Grisham novel..Score: 2/5

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Sparring PartnersNot one of Grishams best books! Disappointing….Score: 2/5

Good readWell written, however, not the best I’ve read from Grisham.Score: 4/5

Not badI prefer a full novel to 3 short stories, but these stories were entertaining..Score: 4/5

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