I think I have read almost all of the John Grisham's over the years – including the ones with baseball settings. You have to admire an author who can keep churning out page turners.
Sue some of the plots are a bit formulaic – but this just means you know what you are getting.
Grisham wrote his first novel – A Time to Kill - while working full time in a law practice in Mississipi. It was no more than a modest success in 1988.
It was his second book The Firm that marked his success as an author. I think it is still my favourite.