John Grisham Is Now An Institution A Writer Whose Bestselling Status Is Assured, So Assured, In Fact, That Expectations For Each New Book Are As High As Can Be Imagined Does The Appeal Make The Grade And Will It Appeal To Grisham Admirers Or Disappoint Them The Stakes In The Novel S Plot Are High Corporate Crime On The Largest Scale The Duo Of Lawyers At The Centre Of The Narrative Are Mary And Wes Grace, Who Succeed In A Multimillion Dollar Case Against A Chemical Company, Who Have Polluted A Town With Dumped Toxic Waste A Slew Of Agonising Deaths Have Followed This, But Lawyers For The Chemical Company Appeal, And A Variety Of Legal Shenanigans Are Employed And It Is Certainly Not Clear Which Way The Scales Of Justice Will Be Finally BalancedAs Ever With Grisham, The Mechanics Of Plotting Are Key, And The Characterisation Is Functional Rather Than Detailed But It Is As Always Than Capable Of Keeping The Reader Totally Engaged Given John Grisham S Much Publicised Conversion To Born Again Christianity, It S Intriguing To Note Here The Implicit Criticism Of The Moral Majority S Religious Values, But That Is Hardly Central To The Enterprise What Counts Is The Storytelling, And While The Writing Is As Straightforward And Uncomplicated As Ever, Few Readers Will Put Down The Appeal Once They Have Allowed It To Exert Its Grip On Upon Them Barry Forshaw This is the fourth Grisham book that I have read lately, The Litigators, The Whistler, Rogue Lawyer, and The Appeal So far, I like all of his books They are shockingly realistic Corruptions within American legal system used to be my blind spot prior to this reading experience Not any, thanks to Grisham s novels I like this book and recommend it to all who want to learn about American politics and legal system. This book has made me angrier than any I ve read in years.Okay, first off what is with the absolutely horrid neon orange color of the jacket back Who picked this Must have been colorblind Each time I reached for this book my eyes felt violated SPOILER ALERT If you haven t read it yet, stop reading nowSecond, well, let s just say it the ending was even offensive than the neon orange jacket back The book was well written, compelling and yes, possibly completely undeserving of that one star rating up above , and I understand what Grisham was trying to do, but I hate what he did Hate H A T E Made me forget all the previously compelling stuff and just hate the book completely To echo the comments of another goodreads member, Grisham should ve stuck to writing an entertaining legal thriller rather than trying to make a statement I got his message early on As I read closer to the end, and I was looking forward to seeing Carl Trudeau get his That s what usually happens in Grisham s legal thrillers, and that s one of the reasons I enjoy them Ugly of me, I know But this is why I read so I can wish bad things on characters I don t like instead of real people I was so utterly disappointed in Ron Fisk I thought he was beginning to see how he d been manipulated, and was going to turn the tables on all of them Boy, was I wrong, and boy, was I disappointed. 2 generous stars I am so quick to admit being late to the party, and also to being so dumb at times This was one of them I was alerted to the fact that Mr Grisham could be the male version of Danielle Steel Now this isn t necessarily a bad thing, as I honestly do love a good DS at the right time, I do This did connect the dots for me in a way.I wonder if John Grisham left the legal profession because he saw too much rorting dubious Judges too respecting of their own pockets and big business and none for the little people There was waaaay too much politics in this one for me Almost ranting about guns, gays, liberals I m not anti gay marriage by the way, I hate the prejudice displayed in real life and here but I thought I was reading a court room thriller It wasn t I enjoyed the storylines at the beginning and end, but the majority was too bogged down in political content Most of the unscrupulous Judges, pay offers , all round bad guys, of which there were too many, ended up swimming into each other and it was a bit lost on me Lots of effort to build up a character, for nothing to be gained Judge McCarthy I found portions of the medical scenario at the end unlikely, and also so much new info to take on board at the end also As a side issue, the narrator was excellent, very methodical, which helped, but on the flip side the Southern accent provided a Hicksville tone for me.Wes and Mary Grace were great gutsy characters, they also were lost in the end to me and there was no reward for my reading investment Don t forget this is only my opinion I just can t not say how it is Loved others of Mr Grisham, not this one. This book was a strong dose of reality with an important point to make I know that some readers thought it was far too agenda driven, but I found it to be absorbing and having a lasting impression I was particularly fascinated to witness the machinery of a heavily coordinated corporate funded campaign.
Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60 70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby writing his first novel.Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of
- 286 pages
- The Appeal
- John Grisham
- 06 May 2018 John Grisham