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Beck, Michael 1949-

Works: 83 works in 389 publications in 3 languages and 24,422 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Biography  Legal stories  Suspense fiction  History  Detective and mystery stories  Television plays  Film adaptations  Adventure stories 
Roles: Narrator, Actor, Performer
Classifications: PS3557.R5355, 813.54
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Publications about Michael Beck
Publications by Michael Beck
Most widely held works by Michael Beck
The appeal by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
17 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,713 libraries worldwide
John Grisham's first legal thriller since The broker. In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst 'cancer cluster' in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it. Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided? The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice
The summons by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 2,426 libraries worldwide
Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He's 43, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. He has a younger brother, Forrest, who redefines the notion of a family's black sheep. He has a father, a very sick old man who lives alone in the ancestral home in Clanton, Mississippi. He is known to all as Judge Atlee, a beloved and powerful official who has towered over local law and politics for forty years. No longer on the bench, the Judge has withdrawn to the Atlee mansion and become a recluse. With the end in sight, Judge Atlee issues a summons for both sons to return home to Clanton, to discuss the details of his estate. It is typed by the Judge himself, on his handsome old stationery, and gives the date and time for Ray and Forrest to appear in his study. Ray reluctantly heads south, to his hometown, to the place where he grew up, which he prefers now to avoid. But the family meeting does not take place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray. And perhaps someone else
The broker by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
18 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 2,157 libraries worldwide
With fourteen years left on a twenty-year sentence, notorious Washington power broker, Joel Blackman, receives a surprise pardon from a lame-duck president. He is smuggled out of the country on a military cargo plane, given a new identity, and tucked away in a small town in Italy. But Blackman has serious enemies from his past. As the CIA watches him closely, the question is not whether he will be killed, but rather who will kill him first
The last juror by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
17 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 2,127 libraries worldwide
In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courthouse in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison. But in Mississippi in 1970, "life" didn't necessarily mean "life," and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began
The king of torts by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
16 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 1,634 libraries worldwide
Clay Carter, a public defender, reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week. As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life-- that would make him almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts
Sycamore row by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,620 libraries worldwide
The suspense never rests when A Time to Kill's Jake Brigance fights the good fight once again. Often named an all-time favorite by John Grisham's legions of fans, the book that started it all gets a brand-new chapter. America's favorite storyteller returns to Ford County, Mississippi, where defense attorney Jake Brigance will have to fight for justice in a trial that could tear the small town of Clanton apart
The brethren by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
15 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 1,155 libraries worldwide
Trumble is a minimum security federal prison, a "camp" home to the usual assortment of relatively harmless criminals --drug dealers, bank robbers, swindlers, embezzlers, tax evaders, two Wall Street crooks one doctor, at least five lawyers
The runaway jury by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
14 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in English and held by 1,075 libraries worldwide
In a landmark tobacco trial the jury starts to behave strangely. Are they being manipulated or even controlled?
A time to kill by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
30 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 1,058 libraries worldwide
A tale of uncertain justice in a small Missisppi town that probes the savage depths of racial violence. A young defense attorney struggles to prove his case and stay alive
The street lawyer by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,027 libraries worldwide
Michael was a rising star at Drake and Sweeney until a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Michael survived but his assailant did not. He did some digging and found that the man was a deranged Vietnam veteran with a connection to Drake and Sweeney. Michael bolts the firm, with a top-secret document and becomes an advocate for the homeless ... and a thief
The rainmaker by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 948 libraries worldwide
The story of a young man barely out of law school who finds himself taking on one of the most powerful, corrupt and ruthless companies in America--and exposing a complex, multi-bilion dollar insurance scam
The partner by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 938 libraries worldwide
Patrick Lanigan, a partner in a Biloxi law firm, faked his death, stole a fortune from the firm's offshore account, and started a new life in Brazil. It took them four years to find him
The chamber by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
14 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 915 libraries worldwide
When a young lawyer asks to take over the case of a death-row inmate, accused of bombing the offices of a civil rights advocate 22 years earlier, his reasons don't seem immediately clear
The warriors by Walter Hill( visu )
22 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 772 libraries worldwide
The Warriors, a New York City street gang, are unfairly blamed for the death of a rival gang leader. Now they must fight for their lives against armies of gangs that outnumber the police 5 to 1!
A darkness more than night by Michael Connelly( Sound Recording )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 717 libraries worldwide
Harry Bosch investigates when a movie director is charged with killing an actress during sex and making it look like suicide, while another man's case begins to overlap strangely, forcing them to work together
My life by Bill Clinton( Sound Recording )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 550 libraries worldwide
President Bill Clinton's MY LIFE is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and ideals
Xanadu by Robert Greenwald( visu )
14 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 432 libraries worldwide
Danny, an aging musician who wants to open a nightclub, and Sonny, a young artist, are both searching for inspiration. Kira, a beautiful mythical muse, is brought to earth in order to help both men fulfill their dreams
Gone to Texas by Sam Elliott( visu )
8 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 251 libraries worldwide
The true-life story of Sam Houston, the frontier hero and statesman whose bravery and vision led to the creation of the Republic of Texas
The Golden seal by Frank Zuniga( visu )
8 editions published between 1984 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 195 libraries worldwide
The golden seal used to live among the Aleut people as a benevolent, protective spirit, but when man began to hunt her, she vanished. According to legend, she will come back one day in the middle of a ferocious storm to someone pure in heart. None pass the test except for the boy, who pure and undaunted, befriends her rather than lusts for the bounty placed upon her pelt
The John Grisham value collection by John Grisham( Sound Recording )
7 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and held by 175 libraries worldwide
Three suspense novels feature lawyers and citizens fighting for justice within and outside the legal system
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English (257)
Spanish (3)
French (1)
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