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Fetching Raymond
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Fetching Raymond
A Story from the Ford County Collection
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A riveting story of suspense from John Grisham's #1 New York Times bestseller, Ford County—now available as a standalone eBook short

Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for eleven years . . . and it could well be their last visit. Going back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, Grisham brings the Graneys and their world to vivid and colorful life, making it abundantly clear why he is our most popular storyteller.

Includes an excerpt from John Grisham's classic thriller, A Time to Kill

Praise for John Grisham and Ford County

"Grisham is an absolute master."The Washington Post

"Ford County is the best writing John Grisham has ever done."—Pat Conroy

"Sharp, lean [tales] . . . full of tacit suspense . . . Grisham knows how to make himself eminently readable."The New York Times Book Review

"Grisham shows off his literary chops: He can do wry, emotional, funny, serious."USA Today

"Intrigue and sorrow fuel these fine tales. . . . Each wins you over in surprising ways."People

"Never let it be said this man doesn't know how to spin a good yarn."—Entertainment Weekly

"Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
A riveting story of suspense from John Grisham's #1 New York Times bestseller, Ford County—now available as a standalone eBook short

Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for eleven years . . . and it could well be their last visit. Going back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, Grisham brings the Graneys and their world to vivid and colorful life, making it abundantly clear why he is our most popular storyteller.

Includes an excerpt from John Grisham's classic thriller, A Time to Kill

Praise for John Grisham and Ford County

"Grisham is an absolute master."The Washington Post

"Ford County is the best writing John Grisham has ever done."—Pat Conroy

"Sharp, lean [tales] . . . full of tacit suspense . . . Grisham knows how to make himself eminently readable."The New York Times Book Review

"Grisham shows off his literary chops: He can do wry, emotional, funny, serious."USA Today

"Intrigue and sorrow fuel these fine tales. . . . Each wins you over in surprising ways."People

"Never let it be said this man doesn't know how to spin a good yarn."—Entertainment Weekly

"Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
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    Mr. McBride ran his upholstery shop in the old icehouse on Lee Street, a few blocks off the square in downtown Clanton. To haul the sofas and chairs back and forth, he used a white Ford cargo van with "McBride Upholstery" stenciled in thick black letters above a phone number and the address on Lee. The van, always clean and never in a hurry, was a common sight in Clanton, and Mr. McBride was fairly well-known because he was the only upholsterer in town. He rarely lent his van to anyone, though the requests were more frequent than he would have liked. His usual response was a polite "No, I have some deliveries."

    He said yes to Leon Graney, though, and did so for two reasons. First, the circumstances surrounding the request were quite unusual, and, second, Leon's boss at the lamp factory was Mr. McBride's third cousin. Small-town relationships being what they are, Leon Graney arrived at the upholstery shop as scheduled at four o'clock on a hot Wednesday afternoon in late July.

    Most of Ford County was listening to the radio, and it was widely known that things were not going well for the Graney family.

    Mr. McBride walked with Leon to the van, handed over the key, and said, "You take care of it, now."

    Mr. McBride walked with Leon to the van, handed over the key, and said, "You take care of it, now."

    Leon took the key and said, "I'm much obliged."

    "I filled up the tank. Should be plenty to get you there and back."

    "How much do I owe?"

    Mr. McBride shook his head and spat on the gravel beside the van. "Nothing. It's on me. Just bring it back with a full tank."

    "I'd feel better if I could pay something," Leon protested.

    "No."

    "Well, thank you, then."

    "I need it back by noon tomorrow."

    "It'll be here. Mind if I leave my truck?" Leon nodded to an old Japanese pickup wedged between two cars across the lot.

    "That'll be fine."

    Leon opened the door and got inside the van. He started the engine, adjusted the seat and the mirrors. Mr. McBride walked to the driver's door, lit an unfiltered cigarette, and watched Leon. "You know, some folks don't like this," he said.

    "Thank you, but most folks around here don't care," Leon replied. He was preoccupied and not in the mood for small talk.

    "Me, I think it's wrong."

    "Thank you. I'll be back before noon," Leon said softly, then backed away and disappeared down the street. He settled into the seat, tested the brakes, slowly gunned the engine to check the power. Twenty minutes later he was far from Clanton, deep in the hills of northern Ford County. Out from the settlement of Pleasant Ridge, the road became gravel, the homes smaller and farther apart. Leon turned in to a short driveway that stopped at a boxlike house with weeds at the doors and an asphalt shingle roof in need of replacement. It was the Graney home, the place he'd been raised along with his brothers, the only constant in their sad and chaotic lives. A jerry-rigged plywood ramp ran to the side door so that his mother, Inez Graney, could come and go in her wheelchair.

    By the time Leon turned off the engine, the side door was open and Inez was rolling out and onto the ramp. Behind her was the hulking mass of her middle son, Butch, who still lived with his mother because he'd never lived anywhere else, at least not in the free world. Sixteen of his forty-six years had been behind bars, and he looked the part of the career criminal—long ponytail, studs in his ears, all manner of facial hair, massive biceps, and a collection of cheap tattoos a prison artist had sold...
About the Author-
  • John Grisham is the author of a collection of stories, a work of nonfiction, three sports novels, four kids' books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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  • The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Praise for John Grisham and Ford County "Grisham is an absolute master."--The Washington Post "Ford County is the best writing John Grisham has ever done."--Pat Conroy "Sharp, lean [tales] . . . full of tacit suspense . . . Grisham knows how to make himself eminently readable."--The New York Times Book Review "Grisham shows off his literary chops: He can do wry, emotional, funny, serious."--USA Today "Intrigue and sorrow fuel these fine tales. . . . Each wins you over in surprising ways."--People "Never let it be said this man doesn't know how to spin a good yarn."--Entertainment Weekly "Grisham may well be the best American storyteller writing today."

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