By Associated Press
May 01, 2013 at 11:54 PM EDT

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 adapted into both a movie and a stage production.