IBNA- ‘The Guardians’ (2019), a thriller novel by the acclaimed American writer and attorney John Grisham has been published in Persian and is available in Iranian bookstores.
Described as a suspenseful thriller mixed with powerful themes such as false incarceration, the death penalty and how the legal system shows prejudice, the book has been translated into Persian by Elahe Shamsnejad. Tehran’s Morvarid Publishing has released ‘The Guardians’ in 382 pages.
In the small north Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues behind. There were no witnesses, no real suspects, no one with a motive. The police soon settled on Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo's.
Quincy was framed, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison with no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. Then he wrote a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small innocence group founded by a lawyer/minister named Cullen Post.
Guardian handles only a few innocence cases at a time, and Post is its only investigator. He travels the South fighting wrongful convictions and taking cases no one else will touch. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy exonerated.
They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another one without a second thought.
Best known for his popular legal thrillers, John Grisham’s books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide.
Grisham graduated from Mississippi State University and received a J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981. He practiced criminal law for about a decade and served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from January 1984 to September 1990.
His first novel, ‘A Time to Kill’, was published in June 1989, four years after he began writing it. According to the Academy of Achievement his books have sold 300 million copies and he has written 28 consecutive number one bestsellers. A Galaxy British Book Awards winner, Grisham is one of only three authors to sell two million copies on a first printing, the other two being Tom Clancy and J. K. Rowling.
Grisham's first bestseller, The Firm, sold more than seven million copies. The book was adapted into a 1993 feature film of the same name, starring Tom Cruise, and a 2012 TV series which continues the story ten years after the events of the film and novel.
Eight of his other novels have also been adapted into films: ‘The Chamber’, ‘The Client’, ‘A Painted House’, ‘The Pelican Brief’, ‘The Rainmaker’, ‘The Runaway Jury’, ‘Skipping Christmas’, and ‘A Time to Kill’.
Grisham's latest book (his 42nd published novel), ‘A Time for Mercy’, is his third story involving the characters established in ‘A Time to Kill’ and further follows the story of Jake Brigance, a Mississippi small town lawyer representing a minor accused of murder.
Earlier, in an October 2006 interview on the Charlie Rose show, Grisham stated that he usually takes only six months to write a book, and his favorite author is John le Carré.