Based in a small Mississippi town in the early 1970's, the story is about a young journalist who uses his grandmother's money to buy the town newspaper and then becomes entwined in the case of a local murder. Sounds exciting, right? Well . . . the blurb on the back of the book made it seem like it would be, but the majority of the story is about the legal system surrounding the criminal case and its failure to ensure that justice is served. Grisham saved most of the real excitement for the last few chapters and even that was a little more predictable than most of his other novels.
So . . . you can tell that I wasn't highly impressed with this one. However, I will always stand by my high opinion of Grisham's writing. He is a master and even when the story is only so-so, the writing is always above par!