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- Title: The Boys from Biloxi
- Author: John Grisham
- Genre: Legal Thriller, Crime Thriller
- Release Date: October 18, 2022
#1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham returns to Mississippi in his most gripping legal thriller yet, 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.
Back in the early days of John Grisham’s career, I devoured his books. A Time to Kill. The Pelican Brief. The Firm. I read them and I loved them all. Somewhere along the way, though, he dropped off my list of “must buy immediately upon release” authors. Not sure why. It just happened, as it sometimes does.
This book has drawn me back in.
Friends divided by their parents’ choices, and by their own choices to follow in their fathers’ footsteps. One who’s tough on crime, one who’s in the thick of the criminal underworld. It sounds like a story that will suck me right in.
And hey, Grisham is a fellow attorney who made it as an author. Maybe I’m hoping he can provide me with a little inspiration….