Tuesday, January 6, 2009

2009 Book 1: The Appeal

Book #:113

Book Title:The Appeal

Author:John Grisham


Pub. Date:2008


Started:January 1, 2009

Finished:January 6, 2009

Time to Read:6 Days
Back Cover / Inside Flap:"In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided?

The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. Their Supreme Court justice."


Review:Let's be honest. If John Grisham ever publishes his store list, I'm going to read it. Clearly, I'm a fan of his work, and clearly, I'm not alone in holding this sentiment. But I need to extend my honesty, here, and tell you that this isn't my favorite Grisham work ever.

It's got all the common elements of Grisham - an insiders look at the legal system (not always flattering), a mix of good and bad guys that leaves you wavering over who to root for and who to hate, and some delicious twists and turns.

But I'm almost afraid that this book was put out too hastily; something about the overall writing seems rushed. Compared to your average novelist, Grisham still kicks butt with this work. Compared to the much high standard set by Grisham himself...it just isn't quite up to par.

Still an enjoyable work and a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of story.

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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