NEW YORK (AP) — The defense attorney in John Grisham's first novel, "A Time to Kill," is returning to the courtroom.

Grisham's new book, "Sycamore Row," will be published Oct. 22, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced Wednesday. Like "A Time to Kill," it will feature Jake Brigance as a lawyer in a small Mississippi town. Knopf Doubleday promises a trademark Grisham tale of "intrigue, suspense and plot twists."

"A Time to Kill" was published in 1989 and sold modestly. But after "The Firm" and other thrillers made Grisham a brand name, his first book was reissued and became a best-seller. "A Time to Kill," in which Brigance successfully defends a man accused of murder, was later been adapted into both a movie and a stage production.

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