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Ford County by John Grisham
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Jul 03, 2012

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I grabbed this because it is four short stories and the first of John Grisham's collection. All four stories are set in Ford County, so I was expecting some back woods, good ol' boy tales, and I suppose John G. delivered. He is a master story teller after all.
The first story is about four boys on a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to get to a blood drive as one of their buddies needs blood. Theydrink beers while driving, have a run in with a Sheriff, go to a strip club and it goes downhill from there. Inez Graney is wheel chair bound and has two sons, the youngest, locked up and on death row...yes, this is not a cheery story.
The third story involves Mack Stafford who is a low grossing lawyer, in an unhappy marriage, which gives him justification to drink heavy, but a turn of events occurs when he receives a call from a NY firm to settles some old, forgotten cases, to the tune of half a million. Mack swindles the families and take the bulk of the money for himself, divorces his wife Sidney, which is where we transition to her dull, meaningless existence...
The last story that blends together deals with a creepy pervert namedGilbert who applies for a job at the QuietHaven retirement home, only to find out that he uses porn, alcohol, and giving the patients a bit of freedom to have them sign him in their wills. Gilbert turns to Clanton, who is a victim of AIDS, and if you've ever lived a small town, you know how the news of a prominent family who has a son with AIDS would be spread with rumors of the "funny boy" who has come home to die.
It was only because of the true talent of John Grisham that I endured this, but too dark and gloomy for me to escape of the day to day stresses of life. I would not recommend it.

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