John Grisham, master of the legal suspense thriller, talks about why he waited more than 20 years to write “Sycamore Row,” the follow-up novel to “A Time to Kill,” and why he says his wife is his most honest critic. Grisham said his personal life had changed so much from when he wrote “A Time to Kill,” which was inspired by some of his own experiences as a Mississippi lawyer, that he was hesitant the sequel would lack authenticity. “Every book goes back to story. You can’t write anything without a story,” he said.
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Excerpt from “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham. Copyright 2013 by John Grisham. Reprinted here by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.