I thought I'd like it, but the crime is solved in the first quarter, and there are no subsequent surprises or twists. Characters are evil or heroic. Grisham can tell a story, but this one could have been a short story. Yes, I too am not a death penalty advocate, but his arguments were superficial. Preachy.
Unlike many of Roth's recent novels, this book is NOT about the angst of aging and facing death. Instead the young protagonist must face life, how chance, foreign enemies affect the choices he makes. Can he live with the choices he made? What is more crippling - loss and disease, or how we live after they strike? I just finished reading this and sobbing. The story and main character are sweet, earnest, and dignified.
I think it is a masterpiece.
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