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The Brethren by John Grisham
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Jul 27, 2011

Eerie, how prophetic this novel is. Terrorism. A new election. Promises for retribution. Even passivists wanting blood. A politician using taxpayer money to visit an international mistress. Corruption. War. I thought, SURELY this novel treaded on some toes! So, I glanced at the front to see when it was published.


Grisham's novels "roar to life," as one critic noted. I have never encountered a novel of his that I could put down. Every book I end up finishing at 4 or 5 in the morning. You smile to yourself as the Devil gets his due, waiting for the corrupted to become baited and ensnared, waiting for some sort of resolution. Though not necessarily a twist ending, still a pleaser. This is not my favorite Grisham novel to date, but it is still excellent. The man knows what he writes about. It's almost chilling.

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