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The Confession by John Grisham
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Dec 09, 2010

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Readers turning to Grisham know what to expect: formulaic thrillers peppered with fast-paced plots ("legal literature on meth," says the Los Angeles Times) and a host of clearly marked good and bad guys, often limned in black and white, with few moral nuances. Although Grisham may not be the finest literary stylist around, that doesn't make The Confession, like any of his previous novels, any less fun or, for that matter, compulsively readable. Here, however, Grisham has an ax to grind against the death penalty and racial divisiveness, so readers whose sympathies lie elsewhere may wish to skip this one. As for other readers? "Good thing," notes the Los Angeles Times, "Grisham tells his stories at a fierce, can't-put-it-down clip." This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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