A Time to Kill is a legal thriller written by American best-selling author John Grisham. The novel was initially rejected by many publishers, including Penguin and Doubleday. Wynwood Press, however, printed 5,000 copies of the book, which soon became a bestseller. Two months after The Firm’s release, Dell published a mass-market paperback version of A Time to Kill, which brought Grisham instant popularity among readers. A special hardcover edition was also published by Doubleday, which subsequently took over the contract for A Time to Killed.