Here's another one for all you fans of baseball novels. (I can't be the only one, right?) John Grisham, king of legal thrillers, has written a baseball novel called Calico Joe. Here's the scoop:

At long last, America’s favorite storyteller takes on America’s favorite pastime. In this surprising and moving novel, the careers of a golden-boy rookie hitter for the Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher take very different paths. The baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes Calico Joe a classic.

Calico Joe comes out on April 10, a week after Major League Baseball's Opening Day.

Most Grisham fans know that the author is a major baseball fan. According to his website, he dreamed of being a pro ballplayer when he was a kid, and he's now the commissioner of his local Little League. He's built six ballfields on his Mississippi property.

If you're surprised that Grisham is veering away from the genre he's best known for, just read Ford County, his book of short stories; Bleachers, a story about high school football; or A Painted House, a coming-of-age novel set in rural Arkansas of 1952. And if you just can't stay away from the legal drama, check out The Litigators, which came out in October and was recommended in BookPage's January audio column.

Readers may be even more excited about the third installment of Grisham's series about kid lawyer Theodore Boone, which comes about May 24. Read about book #1 here and book #2 here.

Will you check out Calico Joe?

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