Best-selling author, John Grisham has a new book out, The Associate and it’s set in New York. Supposedly, it’s the lawyer capital of the world (as with everything else). It sounds like a page-turner, too.
The problem is that I’ve not read another Grisham book since reading The Firm. Legal thrillers are just so not my thing. His publisher, Doubleday, has ordered “2.8 million copies” of the book, so does that mean that Grisham has found his writing mojo? Well, maybe not. According to the AP article, the movie rights have already been sold and an actor already cast.
While reading, I was struck by this sentence:
The publishing world needs superstars like Grisham, J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Myer to write popular fiction that sells books, says Grisham’s longtime agent, David Gernert.
Stephenie Meyer? Really? I honestly think it is more luck than talent that has recently made her a bestseller. I loved Twilight when I first read it and usually a first effort by a new author is the weakest but in Meyer’s case, it’s the reverse. I’ve read Rowling and yes, she can write but Meyer? I’ve always been somewhat astounded at the comparison to Rowling but then I thought, oh, it’s a comparison on how well she can reach and speak to her market and not so much about how well she can write.
Edited for error refer to comments.