Author John Grisham called police to his farm in Virginia on Saturday (11SEP04), after finding a suspicious package in his mailbox.

The Firm writer was petrified when he discovered a large envelope that had not been delivered by the US postal service and contacted emergency services who rushed to the scene.

The Virginia State Police responded with a bomb dog and several technicians from the bomb squad, but a police spokesman says,

"It appeared to be a potentially explosive device, but an evaluation determined it was not."

Grisham's lawyer says the author "has no idea who's behind this and will have no further comment".

15/09/2004 17:14