Fiction Book Review: Gray Mountain by John Grisham

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Book Review: Gray Mountain

Book Title: Gray Mountain: A Novel
Publisher: Doubleday
Date Published: October 21, 2014

Availability: Click for an available copy from Amazon

John Grisham Gray MountainJohn Grisham has always shown a talent for weaving rants aimed at liberal targets such as insurance companies, the death penalty, tobacco companies and now, in Gray Mountain, John Grisham is taking on the coal industry.

His protagonist Samantha Kofer is a third year associate at a huge law firm in New York City, but that’s before the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008. After the economy turns sour, she is laid off, but is given an opportunity earn her job back but first she would have to intern with a legal services firm in a small town in Appalachia. After her move, no longer is she drinking Martinis in some of NYC’s most fashionable bars with plastic people, now she is living in a small town with only local dives and real people employed by the “evil” coal companies.

The book moves slower than his previous rants against anything corporate, but Gray Mountain is a well written novel by John Grisham, a best selling author of crime thrillers. In this novel, John Grisham does not go into a great depth of character study with Samantha Kofer. She’s not going to be a character which readers will want to revisit in 20 years like he did with the characters of A Time to Kill in last years’ Sycamore Road.

Nevertheless, her new home in the small town of Brady is mired in secrets like all small towns and Gray Mountain definitely is a novel where “violence is always around the corner.”

Beware of this purchase. If you want the entire scoop on the book, you can read many reviews on Amazon.


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