The Boys from Biloxi A Legal Thriller

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Two families. One courtroom showdown. • John Grisham’s most gripping thriller yet. • “A legal literary legend.” —USA Today
John Grisham returns to Mississippi with 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.

SKU: 0385548923
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Doubleday; First Edition (October 18, 2022)

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464 pages

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1.78 pounds

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6.48 x 1.39 x 9.53 inches

Best Sellers Rank:

#4 in Suspense Thrillers

Customer Reviews:

24,232 ratings

Customer Reviews

1-5 of 10 reviews

  • Kindle Customer

    I grew up in Mississippi. I was a kid and teenager during the 1950’s and 60’s. My hometown was mentioned in this book, Corinth, MS three miles from the TN state line.Mississippi was a dry state back then and bootlegging was prevalent. as teens it was a short drive to the state line. Pull around back and get your beer or liquor.We heard the stories of the Gulf Coast and also noted there was a nice highway from Jackson to the coast for the convenience of the State Legislature.Written in Grisham’s style of drama and action it is a believable tale of murder and mayhem in an era of the not too distant past.A good story as usual.

    December 25, 2022
  • Herbert L Aman III

    I have read all of the Grisham books. He got my attention with his first. I was intrigued at that moment, and have stayed the course. Some tales are better than others, naturally. This ranks right up there with the best of his stories. I like a page turner, and this certainly met that criteria. The characters were well developed, I know the ways of the South, and developed the story in my own mind as it unfolded with that background as my companion. I have already recommended the book to others. I am impressed enough to include that recommendation in other conversations over the coming days. Thanks John Grisham, you made more than my day !

    December 25, 2022
  • Addie W

    Another incredible Grisham book. It’s not like his traditional courtroom dramas – this one reads more like a non-fiction historical account of the Mississippi Coast: the immigrants who shaped the area trying to work for a better life, the rise of the seafood industry, in which Biloxi became known as the Seafood Capital of the World, how families banded together after Hurricane Camille.But the main theme explores the lawlessness and corruption of Biloxi’s “Strip” area, the rise of the Dixie Mafia, police corruption, prostitution, strip clubs, drugs, mafia – ALL TRUE FACTS despite Mississippi’s reputation for being a Bible-thumping, ultra-conservative state. The coast is definitely a different world, and Grisham does a fantastic job describing the different facets of coast life from the 1940’s – 1980’s.The main storyline are two best friends who grew up playing baseball together – gotta love the mention of the still-present Biloxi-Gulfport sports rivalry – (and I love how Grisham always mentions the STL Cardinals in his novels) and how the boys would take trips out to Ship Island, go fishing, camp…but as teenagers, their lives take them down completely different paths as they follow their father’s footsteps.Both immigrant families from Croatia who settled on “The Point,” (my fellow Coasties know exactly where this is) Keith’s father became a legendary prosecutor, determined to clean up the Coast, and later became the district attorney. Hugh’s father became the “Boss” of Biloxi’s criminal underground.I won’t share any spoilers! I’ve read several reviews that say the character development is horrible, that it is difficult to create a strong connection to the characters…I think he did that on purpose to create a sense of uneasiness that would have been felt if you were a part of that seedy underbelly world, not knowing who to trust and always having to watch your back.There is not a lot of dialog between the characters, which is probably why you’ll hear people saying this reads more like a history book. But living here in Biloxi, knowing how true it is that the coast is VASTLY different than the rest of the state, always hearing rumors the Dixie Mafia is still around, seeing the casinos (literally from my back deck) and clubs still flourishing, watching the shrimp boats head out from the bay, experiencing and living with all the different cultures and ethnicities here on the coast…I really enjoyed this book!

    December 25, 2022
  • Jean Harbers

    This is one of the best books I have read and i have read thousands one of his best yet This for sure is a book you don’t want to start until you have plenty of time to sit down alone and startNever have I read a book this intense and riveting You want to believe it really happened Very good job. Sure to be a movie someday

    December 25, 2022
  • jim

    This is the best novel by John Grisham in years. The characters, the plot, the suspe.nse were arresting. The use of almost exclusively third person seemed to make it easier to move forward in terms of time. I still felt, however, that the one thread of Nevin Noll should have been tied up as well. Yet, all in all, a classic Grisham. I heard e it becomes a movie.

    December 25, 2022
  • A reader in Auburn, NY

    I agree with other reviewers that the book was a little slow getting started. Grisham apparently wanted to start at the beginning of the relationships with the main characters, however it was a bit tough getting through this. However, the pace did pick up and the characters were well-developed as time went on. I also agree with another reviewer that there was a major editing error regarding whether one of the characters was dead, or freezing in Maine behind bars on pages 412, 413 and 414. Surprising for such an experienced author and editing team to have missed this. Overall though, this was a great book.

    December 25, 2022
  • tctommy

    Wow you can almost feel like your part of the story watching their lives from the beginning to the end. It’s a very realistic story tat is easy to follow and for me it was set in a time frame that I lived and grew up in.

    December 25, 2022
  • Kitty Rescue Haven

    That said, my most recent read was ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’. It may have me spoiled for more female leads. I’m on 7th chapter of Biloxi & it hasn’t grabbed me yet. I have to keep flipping pages back to be reminded of who is related to who. It’s a whole lot of male characters living life & crime in mid century deep South. Predictable, unexciting so far but Grisham is always a good read!

    December 25, 2022
  • AJordan

    I loved it! It was more narrative (story telling) than a typical novel, but it was refreshing to read a story instead of page after page of dialogue many authors feel obliged to include. It felt like I was reading a Ken Burn’s historical documentary. The novel was a well-researched story of two immigrant families and the paths they take while putting down roots in Mississippi. Grisham continues to be my go-to author. He rarely disappoints.

    December 25, 2022
  • Roselady

    The boys from Biloxi is a well written story of two families. Its early detailed description of the neighborhood, daily family life, the personalities and attitudes of the people and times resonate with those of a certain age land can take you back mentally to the past perhaps to neighborhoods where you grew up.It features two boys – one from each of those families and how their lives were largely shaped by decisions they made in their teenage years. Good decisions vs bad decisions, good associates vs bad associates … all unfold as their stories and lives play out in the book.The backdrop is Biloxi … a beautiful coastal community riddled with crime and corruption and where vice of just about every kind are out of control until the state and local politicians and police get serious about cleaning it up. That’s when things really heat up. Does crime really pay? Do the bad guys get what they deserve? Is it a predictable ending or not? All is revealed and explained in the book.Grisham continues to live up to his legacy of being a master storyteller. Each novel different, each novel somewhat familiar, but each tale still new and fresh.FYI: Be aware, there are detailed, descriptive references to boxing, cock-fighting, and other violent actions in this book

    December 25, 2022

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