Monday, May 25, 2009

The Appeal by John Grisham

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, of the legal persuasion
Publisher, Year: Doubleday, 2008
Other Works: The Pelican Brief, The Firm
Flags: Moderate language
Rating: A, or Great Read
Premise: Cancer has run rampant in a small town in Mississippi. The culprit? A chemical company that cut corners. Now a husband and wife team are fighting the big bad corporate giant. All while a supreme court justice election is in the works . . .

My husband and I picked up this book to read to each other in the car on a roadtrip. It took a couple of roadtrips to get through it, but not because it wasn't enjoyable, rather it was longer than we anticipated!

That being said, I wouldn't categorize this book as Grisham at his most satisfying. But, that was mainly because the story did not turn out as I had imagined it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

The story begins with a Mississippi court ruling against a large chemical company called Krane. This company was dumping toxic waste in a town, contaminating the water and causing severe health problems for the town's citizens, including terminal cancer. Krane's lawyers immediately begin preparing for an appeal to the state's supreme court as the +/-
company's stock plummets. As both sides of the despute continue their preparations, an election for a supreme court justice also draws near--one that could change the outcome of this pivotal case.

As always, the story is well developed as are the cast of characters. There are a few twists and turns in there that keep the reader focused on and involved in the conflict. Although I didn't end up liking it as much as I had hoped, it wasn't for lack of writing ability. A good read from beginning to end.

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