It was interesting to have Steve tell you the whole story. It was pretty much like watching one of those old VH-1 biographies. A lot of facts, and several fun anecdotes.
If your looking for something light, to break up a couple larger novels, this is it. If you really like Steve Martin (I do), you'll enjoy this.
I decided to tolerate the John Larroquette - style condescending narration long enough to determine that this legal thriller was headed in the same direction as Grisham's last five or so; good-hearted destitute street criminal falls prey to the callous, educated oil moguls.
In spite of what I anticipated to be yet another lecture on social injustice, the use of language and story structure is quite good. This might appeal to many readers; I just couldn't see myself being glad that I spent my time on it.
I suppose this review might stir the emotions of a few folks that might feel I'm an embittered, selfish conservative. I might remind them that they are dropping a fair amount of dough into a website so that they can download entertainment into some sort of high-tech digital device worth much more than the cost of a warm meal in Harlem. Cancel the subscription, sell the iPod, donate the funds, then we'll talk.
Realistic? Uh, no. This one was so entirely slanted, I could barely endure finishing it (just a personal weakness: I finish the ones I don't care for, because I hope for a bit of redemption).
Whenever anyone who worked for a living appeared on the scene, they virtually grew horns and became the spawn of Satan.
Example: The protagonist is walking down the street and sees a shocking headline on a newspaper. He grabs the top paper and it falls apart, scattering on the street. The newsstand attendant sternly asks, "Are you going to PAY for that?" Okay, the written word doesn't do it justice; you gotta hear this part.
A huge double standard arises with law enforcement. In one chapter, Grisham (inaccurately) portrays the brute cops as Nazis sweeping the streets of defenseless, innocent homeless. In another chapter, he slams police for failing to enforce laws against homeless sleeping in areas where they might be harmed by the elements.
Grisham's gotten lazy. He needs to do a bit of research...well-rounded research. Yes, spend some time in a homeless shelter, but spend some time in a black and white, too. Find out the whole story. I've been around the judicial system for decades, Pal, and I've seen a whole lot more charitable giving from the law enforcers than I have from defense lawyers.
It was an average Grisham novel, which actually says a lot. The problem, as others have noted was the end...or lack thereof. And don't dare tell me it was artistic license for the reader to choose his/her own ending; that's a cop-out.
I propose that we form a group of Audible listeners to develop a final chapter! We have to at least find out more about the bad guys. C'mon!
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