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February 24, 2016

John Grisham Teams With Medical Nonprofit on Giveaway Book

Novelist John Grisham is giving away his latest book, a slim volume that aims to raise awareness of a new cancer treatment, The Washington Post writes. The author, best known for legal thrillers like The Firm and The Pelican Brief, produced The Tumor to support the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, which advocates for the development and wider use of a noninvasive procedure that uses intense sound waves to attack diseased tissue.

Mr. Grisham befriended the charity's founder, University of Virginia neurosurgeon Neal Kassell, a decade ago. He serves on the foundation's board and came up with the idea a few years ago to use his fame and audience to raise the profile of focused ultrasound. The Tumor, which can be downloaded for free from Amazon and the foundation's website, twice tells the story of a young father, who in one version dies of cancer and in another, set 10 years in the future, gains years of life thanks to the ultrasound treatment.