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A few people are missing the point here...,
This review is from: The Summons (Paperback)
Most of the reviews here seem to have missed the point: they criticise this novel for not being a twisty-turny shock-a-minute thriller. They fail to spot it's not trying to be. Grisham doesn't seem terribly interested in writing that sort of stuff any more.
This is deliberately slow-paced. It's more about examining people's characters, reactions and decisions than about putting them in danger all the time. If all you want is flying bullets and car bombs then you've missed the boat - Grisham's moved on.
There are some plot twists - most of which I didn't see coming - but not many. Its weaknesses are that the characters aren't as fully-realised as they ought to be, and some of the central character's decisions are not properly explained. It IS credible that an intelligent man would make stupid decisions under pressure, but it needs Grisham to spell it out a bit more.
This has flaws, but it's still more than readable. Grisham's not burned out - he's just trying to move from writing potboilers to writing literature. Some of his fans are going to be left behind as he does so.
Get used to it.