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The Boys from Biloxi, by John Grisham, is a legal thriller set in Biloxi, Mississippi. The story follows two Croatian immigrant families and the consequences of their actions. The story follows childhood friends Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco, who have taken very different paths in life: while Keith is working his way through law school to follow in his father’s footsteps, Hugh is thriving in a seedy underworld. With a backdrop of gangsters, crime, and loyalty, Grisham weaves a complex narrative about the consequences of greed and the power of hope.

At the center of the plot is Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a good legal firm in Biloxi, who finds himself with a mysterious new identity and a target on his back.

The story begins with Jesse Rudy, Keith’s father, promising to clean up the coast. This sets in motion a chain of events that leads to a showdown between the Rudy family and the mafia. At the center of this conflict is Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a good legal firm in Biloxi, who finds himself with a mysterious new identity and a target on his back.

The style in The Boys from Biloxi is evocative, creating a vivid picture of the seedy coastal city of Biloxi. The novel is sprawling, depicting the rise and fall of the residents and weaving in messages of hope, loyalty, and greed. The first part of the novel is top-heavy with words, so it takes some time to get into the story and the characters. But once the plot gets going, it is an exciting and gripping read.

Prior to The Boys from Biloxi, John Grisham had published several books that are related in subject matter and style. His debut novel, A Time to Kill (1989), is set in Mississippi and explores the themes of justice and race. The Firm (1991) is a legal thriller about a young lawyer at a powerful law firm who discovers its dark secrets. The Pelican Brief (1992) follows a law student who uncovers a conspiracy involving the Supreme Court. These books are all tightly plotted legal thrillers that explore moral and ethical dilemmas.

While the book is advertised as Grisham’s “most gripping thriller yet,” the novel is a bit too long-winded at times. However, it is still a captivating read that will keep you hooked until the end.