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The Last Juror by John Grisham
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Sep 23, 11

Read in January, 2010

I usually adore Grisham. To me, he's the king of plot. But this one is a bit disappointing. The rhythm is sometimes painfully slow --even if we are in a small town here-- and the writing almost static. The fact that the book is presented as a thriller is not helping. Whoever handles the promotion of this novel, please don't try to full the reader! Grisham readers are not stupid, and this is a far cry from a thriller. The chronicles of a small town would be a better definition. Any small town. I live in a Northern small town, Clarion, which in many ways resembles Grisham's Southern Clanton --and not just for all the letters the two towns have in common. There is no better background to describe the human condition, which Grisham attempts to do. I do appreciate the Balzacian efforts, but all along the reading, I felt that Grisham was not totally comfortable in this territory. Still, he's the author of A PAINTED HOUSE, a brilliant novel in my view. So what went wrong here?

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