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Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  

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Grisham is the master of the courtroom thriller and fans would be the first to admit that this isn’t his best, though it’s still hugely enjoyable. Mostly focused on the tensions between what happens when a young aspirational New York lawyer finds herself doing legal aid in small town Kentucky and before long is mixed up with a local attorney and his brother who are picking a fight with the big local mining company, happily destroying land and lives for profit. Much focuses on our heroine’s ‘will she won’t she’ feelings about life in the sticks and helping people versus making money as much as it is about her feelings for the brothers.

If you like John Grisham you might also like to read books by Richard North Patterson, John Connolly and Brad Meltzer.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Many a writer must say a nightly prayer that they could achieve something like the success of John Grisham, a writer who may have been inspired more tyro novelists than anyone else on the planet. And if you’re wondering why that is, a few pages of Gray Mountain will show you why he is held in such high esteem. One week ago, Samantha Kofer held down an impressive job, in New York’s largest law firm. But then she finds herself as an unpaid intern in a legal-aid clinic in small-town Appalachia; a victim of the Lehman Bros in collective collapse, she has lost her job and security in the future. But her first case in these new more straitened circumstances is to put more than her career on the line; she finds that in this small town, physical danger is part of the job description. Grisham has always been good at putting beleaguered young lawyers through the wringer, and pulls off that trick again.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

The Great Recession of 2008 left many young professionals out of work. Promising careers were suddenly ended as banks, hedge funds, and law firms engaged in mass lay-offs and brutal belt tightening. Samantha Kofer was a third year associate at Scully & Pershing, New York City's largest law firm. Two weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, she lost her job, her security, and her future. A week later she was working as an unpaid intern in a legal aid clinic deep in small town Appalachia. There, for the first time in her career, she was confronted with real clients with real problems. She also stumbled across secrets that should have remained buried deep in the mountains forever.

Reviews

'[T]his is not a story about a triumph or a miscarriage of courtroom justice. It's the more devious, surprising story of a smart man who gets even smarter once he spends five years honing his skills as a jailhouse lawyer -- and then expertly concocts an ingenious revenge scheme... Mr. Grisham writes with rekindled vigor here.'

- New York Times

'Grisham introduces a small-town Virginia lawyer named Malcolm Bannister, who's dubiously convicted of money laundering for a drug-lord client, and maps out a revenge plot from his federal penitentiary cell that's twice as elaborate as the one Alexandre Dumas cooked up in The Count of Monte Cristo. Like many a Grisham hero, Mal is a legal insider who knows how to work the system to his advantage. He's also a peculiarly lone wolf, willing to shed all his family ties in pursuit of a very long and entertaining con.'

-Entertainment Weekly

'Electrifying... carries the reader along one track (innocent man seeks exoneration) only to switch on to another (cat-and-mouse caper) halfway through with delicious, frictionless ease.
-The Guardian

About the Author

John Grisham

John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. His next novel, The Firm, spent 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and became the bestselling novel of 1991. Since then, he has written one novel a year, including The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker and The Runaway Jury. Today, Grisham has written a collection of stories, a work of nonfiction, three sports novels, four kids' books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into 42 languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Publication date

23rd October 2014

Author

John Grisham

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Hardback
384 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Political / legal thriller

ISBN

9781444765618

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