The WSJ reports that The Associate, Grisham's last legal thriller, which was published in January of 2009, sold 223,000 hardcover copies in its first week (stats courtesy of BookScan).
Contrast that with The Confession, which was released October 26:
"The Confession" is the first of Mr. Grisham's adult hardcover novels to also be available simultaneously as an e-book. Doubleday, an imprint of Bertelsmann AG's Random House, says e-book sales were about one-third of week-one hardcover sales, or around 70,000.Go here to read Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg's article in The Wall Street Journal.
The novel ... also sold 160,000 hardcovers through Oct. 31, according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks approximately 75% of general retail book sales in the U.S.