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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving collection of stories, 25 Feb. 2013
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I was not sure quite what to expect from this collection. I guess I expected the usual fare of legal stories, but I got something quite different. I will run through the stories and see if I can persuade you to read them.

"Blood Drive" is about a construction site accident, and a group of men offering to drive to the Big City to donate blood for a friend. The attractions of the two hour journey and the city itself rather take over from the mercy mission.

"Fetching Raymond" looks at a family travelling to the execution of a son and brother on death row. A reprieve may or may not be in the air, but the main focus is on the petty squabbles between the brothers and how they continue right up to the last moment.

"Fish Files" is, in fact, a legal story. A small town lawyer unexpectedly finds that he has a fortune in claims on his hands, having years ago abandoned the cases.

"Casino" tells the story of an Indian tribe finding they might benefit from building a casino on their land. The local laws have a loophole allowing this to happen even where building one anywhere else would be banned. But will they be swindled?

"Michael's Room" is a harrowing tale of a boy who was the victim of a medical mistake years ago that left him in a vegetable state, and of a lawyer who successfully defended a doctor against a malpractice suit. Will this ghost from the past come back to haunt him?

"Quiet Haven" finds an employee at a retirement home taking rather too much interest in past goings-on there.

"Funny Boy" sees a past resident of a small town returning there with Aids, and looks at the fears and prejudices of the local community as he slowly dies. He is white, but his well off family place him in a black neighbourhood to spend his last days with a stranger, an elderly black, church-going lady.

So, a heavy bunch of stories, but well worth it. There is much humanity in this little collection, as well as brutality and dishonesty. They are all unmistakably Grisham.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2013 19:39:15 GMT
FictionFan says:
I must have missed this one when it came out. You've persuaded me! :-)
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