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The Great Divide [Kindle Edition]

T. Davis Bunn
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Book Description

When attorney Marcus Glenwood resigns from a prestigious corporate law firm to retreat to a small town in North Carolina and rebuild his life after a devastating personal tragedy, he suddenly finds himself in the biggest and most emotionally difficult case of his career.
Fragile and spiritually wounded, Glenwood is introduced to Alma and Austin Hall, whose daughter Gloria has disappeared in China while investigating the slave-like practices of New Horizons, the world's largest manufacturer of sports shoes and athletic gear. Persuaded by Alma's pleading, and their obvious distress, Marcus accepts the case.

No one, including Marcus himself, can believe how quickly his investigation untangles a web of deceit that stretches from Washington , D.C., to Europe and Asia and back to his own North Carolina backyard. With the power to obstruct, manipulate, intimidate, injure, and eliminate, the giant multinational sports company New Horizons has never lost a case. But they underestimate Marcus Glenwood.

Step by cautious step Glenwood moves forward to uncover the horrifying truth about New Horizons, Gloria Hall, and ultimately himself.

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Editorial Reviews Review

Gloria Hall has gone missing in China, where she went to investigate and expose slave labor conditions. The prison camp she ends up in is a factory for a big American corporation. Marcus Glenwood is a formerly successful corporate lawyer who has retreated to a house on the wrong side of the tracks after an auto accident in which his two small children are killed. Gloria's sacrifice and Marcus's redemption are the larger themes of this moving and engrossing novel of international trade practices and personal salvation.

Marcus agrees to represent Gloria's parents in a legal battle to hold New Horizons, the world's largest manufacturer of sports shoes and athletic gear, accountable for the disappearance of their daughter. But his investigation is hampered from the beginning by his former colleagues, who represent New Horizons, and by powerful lobbyists and associates of the Chinese government, who will not hesitate to use any means possible--including murder--to keep their gruesome practices a secret. With his resources limited to a canny retired judge and the mysterious woman who was Gloria's closest friend, Marcus sets out on a David and Goliath-like battle against a mighty corporation with powerful political backers and corrupt trading partners determined to stop him.

In the wake of increasing political protest against the abuse of workers in third world countries who manufacture goods sold by American companies, the outlines of Bunn's plot are particularly timely. The theme of the burned-out lawyer taking on a mighty corporation and its anything-for-a-win legal minions, however, has been used by many others, most notably John Grisham, for nearly a decade. What makes this novel exceptionally powerful is its deep spiritual core. The scene in which Marcus painfully relives the accident that shattered his world and confronts the loving presence of the only force that can absolve his guilt and heal his soul is remarkable: "There within the church the shadow formed more clearly still, gliding on slippered feet. The shroud it carried wrapped him up so tightly that Marcus felt his hold on the church and the comforting noise slip away until he could scarcely hear anything save the frantic beating of his terrified heart. He sat there, trapped and helpless to do anything save observe the approach of his own eternal night." The secondary characters are as well drawn as the protagonists, and Bunn's writing has moments of real beauty and clarity. While the plot doesn't move as quickly as it might, and the sympathetic judge who presides over the courtroom leaves herself wide open to appellate review, neither detracts from the powerful resonance of this well written novel. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

Redolent of the grits and fatback of the Carolina tobacco belt and heralded as the Christian Book Association's bestselling author's crossover to mainstream fiction, this cracking good thriller features Marcus Glenwood, an ex-high-rolling, hard-boozing young Raleigh, N.C., corporate attorney, who--down on his luck--has come home to nearby Rocky Mount to lick his wounds, and to lovingly restore his grandparents' house. Marcus has hardly unpacked when he is retained by the parents of Gloria Hall, a local black grad student at Georgetown University. Gloria has disappeared inside China while investigating slave labor practices at the infamous Factory 101, a manufacturing partnership with mega-international sportswear manufacturer New Horizons. Unwittingly, Marcus finds himself caught up in a game of "don't blink" legal chicken with spiteful old enemies from his former firm, which represents New Horizons. Professional envy, political chicanery at the highest (and lowest) levels, racial bigotry, bribery, international intrigue, socioeconomic exploitation (political pressure is brought to bear on a black female judge) and a romance between emotionally scarred lovers Marcus and Kirsten Standstead, Gloria's roommate-- all flesh out the novel as the young Quixote takes on the establishment in and out of the courtroom. Glossing over background data, the plot sometimes lacks credibility--Kirsten's psychological scarring is pure soap and Gloria's parents, a statistics professor and a dean at a local black college, are broadly sketched--and there is a tendency to play fast and loose with courtroom protocol. However, the theme of underdog vs. the system is seductive and there are enough plot twists to keep even the most unforgiving of critics turning pages. Major ad/promo; national author tour. (June)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385502877
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003FCVE6E
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GRIPPING, LEGAL THRILLER June 21, 2000
By Nick G
Attorney, Marcus Glenwood is struggling to put his life back together after suffering a tragic accident, and a messy divorce.
Marcus leaves the corporate law firm he was working at to start over in a small town in North Carolina, rebuilding the house his grandparent's lived in. The simple life he is adjusting to will be disturbed when he is approached by Alma and Austin Hall. The Hall's daughter, Gloria, has disappeared. Gloria was in China researching slave labor practices that were in connection to a major sporting goods company.
Marcus knows the case is difficult, if there is a case at all but the Hall's desperation to find their daughter encourages him to look into the accusations the Hall's are making.
With the help of Kirsten Stanstead, Gloria's roomate, Marcus uncovers a web of deceit involving New Horizons (the sporting goods company).
Marcus must not only find Gloria, he must battle rival lawyers set out to destroy him, as well as people in high positions who will stop at nothing to cover up wrong doing.
"The Great Divide" is a fast-paced, gripping thriller that grabs hold on page one, and pulls you through to the climax. It has all the high drama, and interesting plot twists to make this a must read legal thriller.
T. Davis Bunn has written other books (none of which I have ever read), this new book will be his breakout bestseller. Bunn's style of writing compares to that of John Grisham, so all you legal thriller fans take note, Bunn is an author to watch.
A MUST read!
Nick Gonnella
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea spoiled by amateurish writing and plot May 17, 2006
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T. Davis Bunn's basic premise is compelling: an American activist is captured while seeking to expose slave labor conditions in Chinese factories that double as prisons for political undesirables. A brave Southern lawyer bucks enormous odds to try to win her freedom and expose the collusion between an American textile giant and the Chinese slavemasters. I listened to this book on tape and several times I found myself sitting in my car after I'd arrived at my destination wanting to hear what would happen next. My main criticism is Bunn's writing. His descriptions of people, places, and emotions caused me to wince on many occasions. He uses words imprecisely and seems to think that combining several ill-chosen words will more effectively convey his point. Also, the good people in his story are all good and the bad people are all bad, with no gray areas. Last, most of the main characters are seriously depressed, and I saw no gradual transformation through the story that would lead me to believe that their struggles led them to a better life.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out Grisham & Turow! June 10, 2001
Marcus Glenwood is rebuilding his life and legal practice after the tragic death of his young children and the divorce from his wife. He is asked to represent the parents of Gloria Hall, who believe she has been kidnapped in a prison-like shoe factory operated by New Horizons in China.
With little physical evidence and not much on which to build a case, Marcus goes to court against the massive New Horizons, which seems to have tentacles and connections everywhere. New Horizons will stop at nothing to keep their secrets intact, and Marcus is threatened, beaten and attacked in his quest to expose the reprehensible practices of this monolithic company.
The descriptions of labor practices in China paint a horrendous picture of inhumane treatment and are very timely in the current political climate. The legal intrigue surrounding Marcus' quest to reveal New Horizons' is fascinating in its details. But the real story here is the integrity of Marcus, Gloria's parents, the judge, and many other secondary characters who are deeply committed to doing the right thing.
Bunn is also a master at skillfully building believable and empathetic secondary characters. Long before the book is over, you feel like you know these people and would like to spend more time with them.
A fascinating story, well written, very entertaining, very informative. T. Davis Bunn has given Turow and Grisham some real competition in the legal thriller genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Believe me it won't be long until Davis Bunn, the author, of THE GREAT DIVIDE is a household word. Today he may be the best kept secret on the bestseller list, but tomorrow, he'll be a star with his incredible talent. It is obvious that Mr. Bunn is a master at research. Being a former Southerner, I felt as though I was back sitting on my front porch in the South listening to the night chorus as I read his authenic descriptions! You will agree that he has a brillant, yet charming command of the English language.
I took this book along on a coast-to-coast flight, and my reactions to the events and the characters were so intense . . . I think my fellow passengers were beginning to wonder about me!
This book is a great page-turner. Davis Bunn has an incredible talent for creating characters who stay with you for a long time . . .they're like old friends. I stayed up all night reading this book when I arrived at my destination and canceled my first appointment of the day so I could finish the book. When I read the last page,I felt like crying because it ended and I wanted more!
This is a Grisham-like legal thriller but with much more depth. Marcus Glenwood, the central character, is down-and-out, and his future's looking pretty dim. You almost ache for Gloria Hall's parents sinking their money and all their hopes into this has-been lawyer. You have great sympathy for this guy and a he's a likable chap, but you don't want him for your lawyer! Looks like the Hall's have placed their money and their hopes on the wrong horse this time. But as the case evolves and the book moves forward,the reader becomes acquainted with the abundance of goodness in this complex guy in spite of all his flaws and ghosts.
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Published 28 days ago by Miss Kitty
3.0 out of 5 stars good
Enjoyed. End a little abrupt and not sure able to catch all threads. But generally good read and decent story
Published 1 month ago by Everett & Marci Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible read
I have read this book at least six times...perhaps more. The narration of Marcus finally coming to grips with his loss and healing never fails to make me weep. Read more
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Published 2 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING read
I can in all honesty say that this is one of the most gripping well rounded, and best written books I have EVER read. Mr Bunn has become a fast favorite
Published 2 months ago by Dionne Wiid
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth hidden in non-fiction
An amazing book reminding us of the FACT that human slave labor is still active in our world today. This is in numerous places in the world, places where you could spend years... Read more
Published 3 months ago by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best books I've read.
Published 4 months ago by Simone Baroldy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book...
It was nice to read a book with action and adventure that did not involve a lot of graphic violence or bad language!
Published 6 months ago by Richard L. Robers
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Grisham!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was written well and even I couldn't guess the ending. This author writes very similar to Grisham. I would recommend it to any Grisham fan.
Published 6 months ago by Pamela Degler
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good - it reminded me of a John Grisham novel!
A lot of depth to the characters, interesting legal drama, fascinating behind-the-scenes machinations of a huge corporation located in the U.S. Read more
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Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Defined by readers and reviewers as a "wise teacher," "gentleman adventurer," "consummate writer," and "Renaissance man," his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.

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