CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Forget the lawyers and courtrooms. The star of author John Grisham’s latest book is a tumor and a treatment called focused ultrasound.
You can forget paying for “The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller,” too. Grisham is giving it away for free.
Grishman believes his new book “has the potential to one day save or prolong millions of lives.” That’s what he told the Washington Post about his new book.
According to a description on Amazon, the book “provides readers with a fictional account of how a real, new medical technology could revolutionize the future of medicine by curing with sound.”
According to the Washington Post, Grisham — who lives near Charlottesville, Virginia — is friends with Dr. Neal Kassell. He is the University of Virginia neurosurgeon who founded the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in 2006.
Kassell asked Grisham to join the foundation’s board. But rather than help raise money, Grisham decided to help raise awareness by writing a book.
He told the Washington Post, his publisher was worried.
“They were worried a lot of readers would feel like they were deceived, that it wasn’t good for my brand,” Grisham said. “They are very protective of me.”
So far, the book has received 4.2 out of 5 stars in the 300-plus reviews posted on Amazon. Most of them have been positive.
One reviewer wrote, “This author has no reason to mislead. He is intelligent and informed. He isn’t even profiting by publishing. He wants to encourage treatments that add years to lives and increase quality of life. I wish this were available years ago! I wish it were available now!”
“This is a really important read,” another wrote. “Not the typical Grisham novel as it is more a public service to his readers. Take time to read this as it only a few pages, but well worth the time.”
There were readers who did feel mislead by the book being labeled a “thriller.”
“This is not a novel. It’s a 50 page sales pitch for a specific cancer treatment,” an unsatisfied reviewer wrote. “There’s nothing wrong with the sales pitch or the information. But to state it’s “a non-legal thriller’ is just wrong. I understand lots of celebrities use their status to forward a cause. However, most do not do it disguised (sic) as entertainment.”