I read this after finishing the awful A Family Affair, because I needed something light, but not stupid or horrible and I remembered Grisham from my early twenties to be dependable in that respect. It was the same this time, while it’s not the best Grisham I’ve read, it was still readable (and didn’t include any jaguars or mountain lions like my previous read).
Malcolm Bannister, a lawyer of course, is in prison for racketeering, is half way through his ten year sentence. He is not in love with FBI or any government agency for that matter, yet when a federal judge is murdered he offers FBI to provide vital information in exchange for his freedom. That’s pretty much what I can say about the plot without spoiling it.
Is the plot believable? Not one bit. Are characters well developed? Not really, their actions sometimes seem to have completely no justification whatsoever. Did I breeze through this book? Yes. Probably if I read it after another book, I would judge it more harshly, but after A Family Affair this really felt like a decent book. The language was fair, as opposed to the unbearable prose before, the characters were at least two-dimensional, as opposed to flat pancakes in the earlier one and I could see that if clichés were used it was on purpose, not for lack of other ideas.
I will probably not run after anyone trying to push this book into their hands. If you want Grisham at his best you’re probably better off with A Time to Kill or The Firm.
Do you have a favorite Grisham? Or maybe another reliable writer you turn to for a lighter read?