By: John Grisham
“Great trial lawyers aren’t born; they’re made. The great ones simply tell the jury a story…”
Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco grew up in Biloxi childhood friends. Biloxi was unfortunately known for crime and crime being swept under the rug. Keith’s dad becomes a lawyer and Hugh’s dad takes on a life of a criminal. Both boys followed in their fathers’ footsteps and the two families found themselves on opposite sides of the law, and in a courtroom showdown.
Can you believe this is the first John Grisham novel that I have ever read? If you’ve never read John Grisham before, please do not start with this one. If I hadn’t heard that so many of his books are amazing, I would be completely turned off to this author. The two families are Croatian Immigrants and there’s TONS of chapters telling the reader about their history. There’s also ton of chapters that lead up to the actual plot. The plot didn’t even come in until much later. Also, there is just too much telling and explaining. The premise of the book also talks of Keith and Hugh and they weren’t main characters until much later in the book. I will say, that the courtroom scenes were very interesting, but the later courtroom scenes were shorter. I don’t want to give anything way, but I felt that the later scenes were more plot oriented and yet they were cut short. It was really hard for me to get through this book; I had to force myself to read it as it is a book club pick. Overall, just eh.
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