Top positive review
engrossed me in the small hours
on 16 April 2017
In fictional Ford County, Mississippi, an rich old white man leaves his millions to his black housekeeper and appoints Jake Brigance as his attorney for the inevitable contest by his relatives. My first Grisham, recommended to me by the lawyer who represented the friends of someone I knew against the counterclaims of her two cousins. (I was left only a small memento, not contested, so stood on the fringes.)
I’ve enjoyed this, despite its length (512 pages), over a couple of weeks when I’ve been scared and in pain and would have thrown many books aside. It engrossed me and distracted me in the small hours. My brain isn’t working well, so I’ll simply quote the Guardian review, with which I agree: “A solid courtroom thriller with plenty to say about the long half-life of prejudice in the Deep South... the much-trailed conclusion is powerful.” Yes, I could see it coming, but it still packed a punch.