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As the author of twenty bestselling books, John Grisham has set the standard for legal thrillers since the debut of The Firm in 1991. Enjoy this Q&A--as well as a personal note to Amazon readers--from John Grisham.1. Your new novel starts off where most courtroom dramas end--with the verdict. Where did you get the idea to reverse the usual order of events this time around?
A Mississippi jury returns a $41-million verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping carcinogenic waste into a small town's water supply. The company's ruthless billionaire CEO is thwarted and the good guys (a courageous young woman who lost her husband and child and her two lawyers who've gone half a million dollars in debt preparing her case) receives its just reward. This sounds like the end of a Grisham legal thriller, but instead it's the beginning of a book-length lesson in how greed and big business have corrupted our electoral and judicial systems. Grisham's characters are over-the-top. The CEO and the other equally overdone villains—his venal trophy wife, a self-serving senator and a pair of smarmy political fixers—as well as the unbelievably good-hearted, self-sacrificing lawyers and an honorable state judge, are one dimensional. Michael Beck, with his natural Southern drawl, does a fine job of adding credibility and nuance to the large cast. But his efforts are for naught. In fact, the more he makes us feel for these characters, the less apt we are to be satisfied with the sourball moral of Grisham's downbeat discourse.
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I usually like most novels by John Grisham - however, this one I did not like the ending! I understand the story is more realistic - but when I read a novel I want entertainment... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Juggernaut
Lazy, get it over with finish. Not nearly the inventive story telling I am used to from this author. Read morePublished 5 days ago by John
Typical Grisham where you can not put the book down. This one has a twist at the end.Published 5 days ago by Patricia Clark
I usually enjoy John Grisham's work. I did not enjoy this particularly the ending.Published 17 days ago by Carolyn
After reading up to the entrance of Fisk in the political race, just go to the last chapter and avoid the mass confusion of too many characters, a twisted plot, and an altogether... Read morePublished 18 days ago by BookLover
the last Grisham novel I will ever read. Extremly disappointing and I want to sue for lost hours, money spent and pain and suffering.. Dastardly. Read morePublished 22 days ago by K. Lexx