I tried to ration my listening but was so gripped by the story I finished the book very quickly. It's the author at his best. Grisham's usual laconic and cynical opinion of lawyers is given full rein. Two sets of protagonists to an eventual court case are carefully set up so that the reader/listener is partisan and wants the underdog to win. Race relations in the Deep South add to the uncertainty over the eventual verdict over whether a last minute hand-written Will is valid. Pre-trial discovery and jury selection all add to the tensions that builds up to an edge-of-your-seat court battle with surprises and set-backs.
The narrator does a grand job bringing the various characters to life in this highly recommended book.
Nick Stone is a new author for me and I am impressed by this book worthy of John Grisham at his best, but based in the British legal system. One knows from the start the truth about the crime that is subsequently heard in court, but the story is seen from both sides as the defense and prosecution try to prove their case.
At first I thought I wasn't going to enjoy the book mistakingly believing it was going to be unpleasantly misogynistic. However, I was wrong, Vernon James' attitude to women is important to the story. Terry Flynt, a legal clerk, is the main character. He's a flawed man with a past but basically a good guy who does stupid things but gets results. A bit of a cliche but par for the course in this kind of book.There's a bit too much description of his physiological reactions to stress, but I'm being picky it is a very good listen.
The story gets better and better as one is drawn into the complex web of intrigues and red herrings. A tense court battle takes many hours of listening but I was engrossed by the process.
The narrator brings the characters alive with his range of accents so that I felt I was hearing the action as it happened.
I had just read the page-turning prequel (Presumed Innocent) to this book, which I would recommend doing as you will enjoy Innocent even more. The latter takes up the life lawyer Rusty Sabich twenty years later. Most of the book is taken up by a blow by blow account of a trial for murder and though this is done in minute detail I was kept rapt by the roller-coaster of twists and turns as the weight of evidence flips repeatedly from the prosecution to the defence. It's not just a gripping legal case full of suspense but also a study of relationships with well-defined characters who relate events from different perspectives.
If you like forensic legal thrillers you'll enjoy this book.
Yes its well written well read and entertaining.
The centar Character is well rounded but not perfect. He first appeared in A Time to Kill this book references back to that book but this stands alone.If you try this book and enjoy it defiantly get A Time to Kill which has the edge in my opinion.
I have listened to all the unabridged Grisham on audible and enjoyed them all but I especially like the earlier grittier stories. I also prefer the earlier longer books that really take the time to build critter and tension.
Look out for William Dufris as the narrater of the early books he is my favourite reader and does a great job.