They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in a small town in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well. But Danilo had a past with many chapters. Four years earlier he had been Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent Biloxi law firm. He had a pretty wife, a new daughter, and a bright future. Then one cold winter night Patrick was trapped in a burning car and died a horrible death. When he was buried his casket held nothing more than his ashes. From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account. And Patrick fled some more. But they found him.
©1997 John Grisham; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
This is a incredible story, I thought I had it figured out. The end was a big surprise but certainly poetic justice. Someone complained about the narrator, so I was looking to critique, but frankly I enjoyed him very much.
While I did enjoy this book, it was not his best work. It did have a few surprises, but most of the story was fairly predictable.
The narrator was a perfect fit for this novel.
Hold on to your hat because this is riveting.
The narration is wonderful; Mr. Muller is the best at holding one's attention. He's been accused of being too 'breathy' and perhaps there's some truth to that in earlier readings but that's not the case here. He makes me feel that he's as spellbound as I.
This was a solid book from the first chapter. I recommend reading the Testament first because this book kind of starts out in the same area that the Testament is set in. It was nice to already have a mental image of the area that Patrick was hiding in.
I guess it's a personal preference thing, but I love the narrator. His voice sets the right tone for the book...serious, thoughtful, and a hint of mystery. Obvioiusly, his voice won't work with some books, but it is perfect for Grisham novels.
As for my opinion of the novel, I loved trying to figure out Patrick's master plan, and I was rooting for him to get away with it. The ending was not my favorite, but it made sense and was poetic justice. If you always want a sappy ending then this book may not be for you. My main complaint is with Patrick's character...I loved him throughout the novel but towards the end his "simple life" philosophy turned to arrogance. I just thought that personality change wasn't needed.
In this book the author takes us through a devious plot so well crafted that you find surprises on allmost every second page.
The narrator is crystal clear and the slight variation of accent and tone makes it very easy to follow even for someone who has not got English as their first language.
Read the print version some years ago and really enjoyed it. I really enjoy audio, and normally, good narration enhances my appreciation of a really good book. In this case I think I prefer the printed page.
Grisham is a master, perhaps the master, of legal/suspense genre. I find all of his works enthralling and I appreciate that he avoids the turn-off (for me) of graphic sex and bad language.
Frank Muller is an excellent narrator except for one thing. He obviously has never spent much time below the Mason-Dixon Line. He manages to grossly mispronounce almost all of the prominent place names on and near the Mississippi Gulf coast. I cringed every time one his southern characters said Biloxi as if it rhymed with "foxy." (It's "Bu-Luxi"). Mobile is pronounced with the accent on the last syllable, not the first. I can understand missing on Pass Christian, (accent on last syllable) but hasn't there been enough coverage of hurricanes over the years that everyone should know how to pronounce Lake Pontchartrain?
This is not just a matter of a chip on my southern shoulder. Think Pierre, South Dakota or Cairo, Illinois. I just think a little research by Audible producers and narrators would enhance what is already an excellent experience.
Ok, I feel better now.
No, my rant is over.
This book was entertaining. I wouldn't consider it one of John Grisham's best books, though. It was a little too much like a puzzle; all of the pieces fit together a little too neatly. The end of the book bothered me for days. Nonetheless, it's still a decent story.
This puppy grabs you from the get-go and never ever lets go. The story has more twists and turns than a 50's junior high sock hop. A great story blended with a variety of engaging characters. Bizarre but believable. Every time you think you have it figured out Grisham ties another knot in your brain. Had me going the whole way. A must read.
Ok, when I first starting listening to the narrator I thought he wasn’t going to be good. Then somewhere in the story I thought he was great. I could easily tell which character he was playing. Great story - twist and turns. I like it when I can’t figure out which way the story is going to go. I highly recommend.
I enjoyed every minute of this book! From the moment of meeting Silvo, to slowly finding out how he had morphed from Lanigan. Very interesting in every way--discovering how he handled the mob, the FBI, and his fat-cat cheating fellow lawyer partners. The best part was the ending! Won't say more because don't want to give it away.
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