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Calico Joe by John Grisham
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Jul 15, 12

Read in July, 2012

If your write 24 novels and have a number of them made into movies, your reputation is already set. You don’t have to beg publishers to read your latest work, to take a chance and publish it, to fund your book tour.

So John Grisham gets a pass for a thin book like Calico Joe. The story has been written many times: rookie rises to the major leagues as part of a losing team, goes on a tear at the plate, breaks a few records, the team lands in first place, crowds come to see him at home and away. Naturally, the phoenix falls at the hands of a grizzled veteran who resents the new guy and throws a pitch at his head. Years later, redemption is the inevitable plot device.

I’m a baseball fanatic, so I could not pass up this book. The cover picture is Wrigley Field before a Giants-Cubs game; a baseball is disappearing off the upper right corner, afterjets trailing. I finished it in a couple of sittings. The writing style is, in the words of a friend, ‘airplane reading’; there are no surprises.

Soon to be a Hallmark TV movie.

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