I had ready only one of Father Greeley's previous books (The Bishop in the West Wing) when I selected this title as a travel companion for a business trip. At each stop, I would sit in the car and listen to the book until I absolutely had to leave the car to conduct business. Father Hoffman is a breath of fresh air and his relationship with his child-hood and adolescent sweetheart will stir memories of your own earlier loves. The narrator does a fine job with the Germanic and Irish accents in the text. This book is well worth a listen.
As a lawyer from a southern state very near Mississippi, "The Appeal" is a dead on literary description of what has been happening in states across the south for years. It brings to light the plight and feelings of people caught in the crosshairs of conservative judicial activists and meddlers. "Trial Lawyers" are often portrayed as greedy opportunists, but this book does a great job of describing the good (and bad) that plaintiff's attorneys do, while at the same time focusing attention on the massive amounts of money and influence that are put to use to counter the efforts of trial lawyers. A tremendous return to the legal/courtroom novel for John Grisham. More please!
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