John Grisham

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John Grisham talks about his rivalry with Stephen King, his days as a starving lawyer, and his latest book, "The Racketeer." (4:34)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK!

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE AUTHOR OF SUCH BEST SEALING LEGAL THRILLERS AS "THE FIRM." I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS INTERVIEW

TO BE ADAPTED INTO A MOVIE.

PLEASE WELCOME JOHN GRISHAM.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) HEY, GOOD TO SEE YOU, JOHN!

THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK!

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

IT'S BEEN ABOUT FIVE YEARS.

HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU CRANKED OUT IN THOSE LAST FIVE YEARS.

>> AT LEAST 12.

>> Stephen: 12 BOOKS?

YOU AND STEPHEN KING, DO YOU HAVE A CONTEST GOING ON OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

WHO CAN -- DO YOU EVER CALL HIM UP AND GO "4,500 WORDS TODAY BEYOCH."

>> NO, BUT HE'LL CALL ME UP AND SAY THIS IS 48, YOU ONLY HAVE 30.

BUT HE GOT PUBLISHED EARLIER THAN I DID.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU GO BACK TO BEING A LAWYER?

>> NEVER.

>> Stephen: WHY NOT?

>> I WAS STARVING.

>> Stephen: YOU MUST HAVE SUCKED AS A LAWYER!

(LAUGHTER)

>> I HAD A LOT OF CLIENTS IN PRISON.

>> Stephen: OKAY, THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS I DON'T LIKE ABOUT YOU, OKAY?

YOU'VE GOT A NEW BOOK HERE CALLED "RACKETEER" ALL RIGHT?

SURE IT'S A GREAT BOOK.

>> IT'S BRILLIANT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: THE DUST COVER IS GRIPPING SO FAR.

BUT IN A LOT OF YOUR BOOKS IT'S LIKE THESE THINGS ARE TROJAN HORSES TO GET ME TO LIKE THESE LIBERAL CAUSES LIKE HOMELESSNESS

OR THE DEATH PENALTY AND A LOT OF TIMES THE BAD GUY IS SOME CORPORATE DUDE.

ARE YOU ANTI-CORPORATE AMERICA?

>> NOT COMPLETELY.

>> Stephen: UH-HUH.

SOME OF THEM!

THERE'S SOME GOOD ONES!

>> THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD CORPORATIONS.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S WRONG WITH HOMELESSNESS?

>> ARE YOU ATTACKING HOMELESS PEOPLE?

>> Stephen: ONLY WHEN THEY ASK FOR THINGS FROM A THE GOVERNMENT.

THAT IS MY MONEY, I WORKED HARD FOR THE MONEY AND I DON'T SEE WHY IT SHOULD GO TO SOME BUM WHO CAN'T GET OFF HIS ASS AND WRITE

A BEST-SELLING NOVEL.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE) OR HOST A TELEVISION SHOW!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) NOW THE BOOK ITSELF IS ABOUT A BUNCH OF JUDGES THAT GET KILLED, RIGHT?

>> JUST ONE.

>> Stephen: JUST ONE JUDGE?

>> ONLY TWO DEAD BODIES WHICH IS KIND OF LIGHT FOR ME.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: REALLY?

OFF DAY?

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Stephen: KILLING A JUDGE IN A BOOK, IS THAT FAN FICTION FOR YOU?

>> SURE.

>> Stephen: IS THAT FANTASY FICTION?

>> EVERY LAWYER WANTS TO DO THAT I FELT THAT WAY WHEN I WAS A LAWYER, THERE WERE A BUNCH I WANTED TO KILL.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: PEOPLE SAY WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU WHAT YOU KNOW -- (LAUGHTER) JOHN GRISHAM, IS THERE SOMETHING

YOU'RE TRYING TO TELL US?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL ME WHAT IT IS BUT ARE THERE ANY THINGS THAT YOU'VE DONE THAT ARE

ILLEGAL THAT YOU WOULD WANT A BETTER LAWYER THAN YOU DEFENDING YOU?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING I'VE DONE THAT'S, LIKE, REALLY ILLEGAL.

MAYBE SOME SPEEDING, GOING OVER 55 MILES AN HOUR, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

A LITTLE MINI INCOME TAX CHEATING.

NOT ADMITTING ANYTHING BUT MAYBE MAYBE.

>> Stephen: THAT'S OKAY.

TELL US ABOUT THE NBLG TAX.

>> A LITTLE BIT.

>> Stephen: THE I.R.S. HAS A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR.

(LAUGHTER)

>> OH, THEY'VE GOT A FILE ON ME, YEAH.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINK SO?

>> WE'VE HAD ISSUES OVER THE YEARS.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU EVER DONE A FOYA REQUEST ON YOURSELF?

>> A WHAT?

>> Stephen: FOYA REQUEST?

>> OH, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION?

>> Stephen: DO I KNOW MORE ABOUT THE LAW THAN YOU DO?

IS THAT WHAT THAT IS?

(LAUGHTER) FOYE YA.

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT WRITING SOMETHING OTHER THAN LAWYERS?

HAVE YOU WRITTEN BOOKS ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN LAWYERS?

>> I'VE WRITTEN A COUPLE BOOKS ABOUT FOOTBALL, A BOOK ABOUT BASEBALL, A BOOK ABOUT -- A COUPLE COMIC NOVEL BUS I ALWAYS

COME BACK TO THE LAW, THAT'S WHEY WHAT I KNOW.

I COULDN'T WRITE ABOUT ARCHITECTS OR DENTISTS OR ANYTHING YOU KNOW.

THEY WOULDN'T SELL.

PEOPLE LOVE STORIES ABOUT LAWYERS, ESPECIALLY CROOKED LAWYERS AND DEAD JUDGES.

THIS STUFF SELLS.

(LAUGHTER) IT SELLS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: YOU'VE GOT TO GO WITH WHAT YOU KNOW.

JOHN GRISHAM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) THE BOOK IS "THE RACKETEER