Top critical review
A neatly put together story but unusually lightweight for Grisham.
on 5 June 2017
Not at all sure about this book. It's written in the first person in the Name of Malcolm Bannister, a Virginia lawyer (of course) who is stitched up by the Feds and given a 10 year custodial sentence for something he claims he didn't do. The story starts with Bannister in prison and builds up his character in order to get the reader's sympathy for his situation but as the story unravels it becomes obvious that our Malcolm is even more devious than the authorities. I'm not going to give out any spoilers but the plot centres around the murder of a Federal Judge and his girlfriend and how Bannister tries to use the crime to get himself pardoned and end up a rich man in the process. It's a neatly put together story but is prone to ramble in places and become a little too convoluted. As morality tales go it's a bit of a failure but a great vehicle to bash the FBI and Federal justice system. An enjoyable romp but unusually lightweight for Grisham.