I have to admit I read this book a while back. I also saw the movie a while back. But while waiting at Boston Logan airport I saw the book on the shel...moreI have to admit I read this book a while back. I also saw the movie a while back. But while waiting at Boston Logan airport I saw the book on the shelf and knowing I wouldn't get much sleep I decided to buy the book in the hope that I could use my time during the 6 hour flight.
Hand on heart I am not a massive crime fan, but having read the Firm, I have been a fan of John Grisham, so please bear that in mind.
The backdrop of this book, the deep south, back when the Clan was in evident, and black and whites were segregated, is the setting for this novel. The trigger, the rape of a 10 year old black girl and her father taking revenge on the two white men who committed the act.
Like Grisham's other books, the legal side of this novel is are flawless. They are the heart of the stories. But this one also captures the human side of the people involved. It captures the situation of the time, it captures the anger, frustration and hurt. And without spoiling the story, the summing up of the court case bought tears to my eyes.(less)
I will have to admit to a little dissapointment to this. I certainly thought that his earlier books were good, but this one feels like his bank balanc...moreI will have to admit to a little dissapointment to this. I certainly thought that his earlier books were good, but this one feels like his bank balanced had dropped and he needed to earn some more money. There is a slight feeling that he is anti-masonic, similar to the undercurrent in the davinci code. You know Robert Langdon, and ok, in my minds eye all I see is Tom Hanks. You also get the feeling that the book is building to an epic climax, but I just felt a little "erm...so" when I finished it.(less)
I am a big fan of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures. He is your natural hero, and this book doesn't disappoint. There are a couple of scenes where...moreI am a big fan of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures. He is your natural hero, and this book doesn't disappoint. There are a couple of scenes where you know Pitt will come to the rescue at the last minute, but when he does you are still filled with that surge of pride. This book follows Cussler's later style with an historic story followed by the present day narrative. However, in this book, the present day feels a little split in two, which isn't a bad thing, but sometimes you feel that there was an attempt to just drag the story out a little bit.
Two love interests for Pitt, Congresswoman Loren Smith and Dr Shannon Kelsey. And of course the bromance with Al Giordino continues from his other novels. The author himself makes an appearance part way through the story, following on the traditions of the previous books. And of course the cars, which, as the back page blurb reminds you, are cars that the author owns himself.
This is holiday fiction for guys. Guylit for want of a better term. It is enjoyable, fun, hard to put down, and when it is finished you are looking for the next book in the Dirk Pitt series. Suspend belief and just enjoy the ride.(less)