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An important new novel . . . Grisham’s work—always superior entertainment—is evolving into something more serious, more powerful, more worthy of his exceptional talent. —Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
 
“John Grisham makes a powerful closing argument against Big Coal, but the message never obscures a satisfying, old fashioned, good guy-bad guy legal thriller.” —Christian Science Monitor
 
Grisham has written one of his best legal dramas in quite some time with this dive into small-town politics. There's a mystery, but that's a minor portion of the story. The main thrust that will engage readers is Samantha Kofer and the cast of characters that help her discover her passion.” —Associated Press

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JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-seven novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and four novels for young readers. 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (October 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038553714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385537148
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17,134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I kept waiting for the excitement to begin....never happened. Main character Pollyanna and weak. Very sorry I spent time and money on this book. I have read all of his books and can't believe it is the same author.
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This was the most boring book I have read in years. The characters were uninspiring and dull and it did not feel as though Mr. Grisham had written this book as I have read all his previous books and loved them. I did not finish the book and I would not recommend it to anyone. A complete waste of one's time
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This book really went nowhere. I love Grisham, and have read everything the man has written, but this really is not up to his standards. There was very little tension created. Honestly, the cover is more dramatic than the book itself. The main character, Samantha, is a self absorbed, spoiled rich girl who is forced to leave Big Law and is trying to practice "real law" with "real client" in Appalachia. She is not a sympathetic character at all. Honestly, Grisham's portrayal of Samantha is almost misogynistic. She is by far the least sympathetic leading character Grisham has ever written. I didn't really care what happened to her at all. The ending is trite and predictable. I really wanted this book to be good, and kept hoping it would get better, but at the end, all I could think was, "is that all there is?" The ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. Hopefully by the next book Grisham will be back in full force, but this one was definitely a swing and a miss.
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Always a fan of John Grisham for his finely etched characterizations and ability to draw the reader into the courtroom drama of which his books are based. This book reads more like a docu drama. I did not like Samantha the female protagonist, who seemed a flat cardboard person who is self absorbed and shallow....bored with her job in a big law firm until she is unexpectedly let go due to the stock market crash. Then she is introduced to a world of the Appalachian "real people" through her volunteering at a free legal clinic and consequently becomes aware of many issues involving hardcore poverty and the huge environmentally devastating coal mining industry. Do not expect an armchair reading the usual Grisham novel generates....I put it down several times tired of the characters and being preached at about a thinly veiled attempt to spread the word of governmental collusion with the coal industry.
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Jeez, no ending. It just stopped. I feel ripped off, for the price of the book plus the time invested in reading it
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Did John Grisham write this? You could have fooled me. I kept checking the spelling of the author's name on the cover to make sure I hadn't bought some kind of literary "knock-off" novel. Like the counterfeit watches you buy that say "Rolek" instead of ROLEX. I was browsing through the new books at the local big-box store, saw this and bought it immediately. Bad move. What I have, so far, is a Nancy Drew mystery about the coal mining industry. It appears Mr. Grisham got a hair up his as* about the coal mining business and churned out this burnt offering as a screed. And, using his good name, a chance to make a few bucks for good measure. The main character is offered up as a "fish-out-of-water" among the down-home and downtrodden hill-folk in "Coal Country, Appalachia." This allows Mr. Grisham to pile on paragraph after paragraph detailing the atrocities perpetrated on the hills and valleys of the region. As if this hasn't been going on for at least a century already, with government approval. Hand me my banjo! I think "predictable" is the word that best describes what passes for a novel here. As I was reading, I would predict what was going to happen a page or two ahead. And Lo! it came to pass. I can't say how disappointed I am. I passed up a couple of other novels to buy this book. I'm bummed!
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This book is so boring. Am surprised I even finished it. I kept waiting for John Grisham to show up and he never did. I have read all of his booke and liked them, but this one was a huge disappointment.
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Really, no ending. Just a wandering diatribe. I'm a Grisham fan but I was never "involved" in this book. Shallow characters, unresolved issues. As a male author with a female main character I have to say he shouldn't try this again. She was one hundred percent vanilla. I'm still wondering what the point of the novel was. Read Sycamore Road but don't bother with this.
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