THE EXCHANGE, John Grisham's Highly-Anticipated Sequel to THE FIRM, to Publish Fall 2023


John Grisham, Photo © Donald Johnson

This fall, Doubleday will publish the sequel to John Grisham’s #1 bestseller THE FIRM. The new legal thriller, THE EXCHANGE: After The Firm, marks the return of Mitch McDeere and will be published on October 17, 2023 and the exciting news were announced on CBS Mornings last week.

“When last seen in THE FIRM, Mitch McDeere and his wife Abby were fleeing Memphis with the bad guys in hot pursuit,” says Grisham. “Now they’re back, fifteen years later, and living in New York where Mitch is an international lawyer and a partner in a mega-firm. His work takes him across the globe, and not always to safe places. During a trip to Libya, his trusted associate is kidnapped, and an execution is threatened unless an enormous ransom is paid.  Only Mitch can facilitate the exchange and I hope readers have as much fun with the novel as I am writing it.”

“To have John Grisham’s 49th book return to the world of Mitch and Abby McDeere is truly a full-circle moment,” says Grisham’s publisher, Suzanne Herz. “Over thirty years ago John crafted a brilliant thriller filled with deadly secrets, corporate intrigue, and an unforgettable fictional hero. THE FIRM defined the legal thriller genre and has stood the test of time. Readers will be thrilled to see what happens next to Mitch in THE EXCHANGE.”

THE FIRM, a landmark publication, has never gone out of print since it was first published in 1991. Grisham’s first bestseller stayed on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list for nearly a year and was adapted into a film starring Tom Cruise, upon which point it became the highest-grossing John Grisham adaptation to date. It was the film that allowed Grisham to walk away from his law practice to become the bestselling author we know him to be today.

About John Grisham
John Grisham is the author of numerous #1 bestsellers, which have been translated into nearly fifty languages. His recent books include THE BOYS FROM BILOXI, THE JUDGE’S LIST, SOOLEY, and his third Jake Brigance novel, A TIME FOR MERCY, which is being developed by HBO as a limited series. Grisham is a two-time winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was honored with the Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction. When he’s not writing, Grisham serves on the board of directors of the Innocence Project and of Centurion Ministries, two national organizations dedicated to exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted. Much of his fiction explores deep-seated problems in our criminal justice system. Grisham lives on a farm in central Virginia.

Posted: April 3, 2023