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John Grisham has a new hero . . . and she’s full of surprises
The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.
In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.
Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.
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October 30, 2015
I enjoyed writing this book very much in spite of knowing how it would end.
November 24, 2014
Samantha (Grisham's new heroine) was a complete bore. She was a fence sitter in every aspect of her personal life-- friendships, career, love and family. Even if she were a young impetuous lawyer who grew and matured during the book, that would be fine, but she wasn't.
I think her personality took...
November 09, 2014
I think John Grisham forgot to write a story. The entire book was simply a way to preach about the injustice of strip mining and poor old down home mountainfolk in Appalachia. Interesting stuff. Worthy of investigation. Boring presentation. The whole book felt sketchy - nothing had any depth to i...
October 26, 2014
This is by far the least enjoyable John Grisham book I’ve read. The book starts fine with “heroine” Samantha Kofer being furloughed in New York – but when she relocates to Virginia to work for a legal aid clinic the story is at turns silly, boring and contrived, but definitely not exciting.
October 28, 2014
I started out with the Audible version of this book but the narrator was so awful that I had to stop. Being a longtime Grisham fan, I was not ready to give up and blamed my dislike of the book solely on the horrible choice of the narrator. I purchased the print version and I am sad to say that ev...
October 27, 2014
Disappointing...didn't read like Grisham. Characters, dialogue, plot, all were not up to even the worst Grisham novel. Seemed like someone else wrote this, or he just phoned it in. Hope the next one gets him back on track.
November 11, 2014
I have to write a review of Gray Mountain to balance the ones on GoodReads which persuaded me to spend money on this book.
It's terrible. In fact, I managed about a quarter of it and had to stop. It's a long time since I've given up on a book like that but ...
The prose is amateurish, the charact...
January 09, 2015
This is one of Gresham's best. I grew up in the area this book is about and saw what he is talking about first hand. It is very accurate and though he does talk about some of the stereotypes of uneducated people in the area, he does not belabor the issue and he does show there are also educated p...
November 04, 2014
I don't know if I can come up with the words to describe how much I disliked this book. While described by other characters as a "brilliant lawyer," the lead character Samantha was a cowardly idiot. Or at least all the dialog attributed to her made her seem like she should never have graduated fr...
September 17, 2015
John Grisham has written several fine novels but unfortunately this is not one of them. If you are interested in reading this author take a look at his earlier books and give this one a miss.