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Reviewed in India on 3 December 2020
For starters, I am a very big fan of John Grisham so this was an automatic purchase and read for me. Well, honestly after finishing it practically non-stop, i came out with mixed feelings. The plot was extremely basic ... the killing of an alcoholic abuser by someone affected in the house. I'm sure such cases must be occurring across countries almost everyday in hundreds if not thousands. So looked like a weak premise to start with. The story rolled with typical Grisham finesse as usual painting an extremely bleak picture of rural America and its unhappy citizens .... always struggling and broke. Also the author has not managed to convince us of Jakes close and personal involvement with the case and Gambles that he was willing to face bankruptcy and stake the future of his family and practice for them. Mortgaging his house to arrange bail was a bit too much I felt. At the same time, his self righteousness seemed to disappear at the time of suing the railroad company fully knowing the accident was due to negligence by the driver and not faulty crossing lights. Bit of a personality conflict here. The end too was pretty tame considering nobody won and nobody lost either.
Still, I am and will always be a Grisham fan and I enjoyed this book though i am enjoying his books lesser and lesser now. Still Grisham is and will always be one of favourite authors whose books have enthralled me and millions of others over the past many decades.