on 24 June 2013
This debut novel has many strengths: attractive characters, tight writing, good pace and a pervasive sense of authenticity. Jackson Burnett, a lawyer himself with an eye for the expressive phrase, takes us to the South of the United States where a principled lawyer and his characterful female employees struggle against the local powers to get to the bottom of two mysterious deaths. I haven't given it five stars because it is not perfect, but it is a really good read that should keep most people guessing. As debuts go, it is very hard to beat. Read it and see if you agree with me that Burnett could be the next Grisham.