Half the man, twice the lawyer....
In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he's only 13 years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk - and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.
But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than he expected. Because he knows so much - maybe too much - he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.
The stakes are high, but Theo won't stop until justice is served.
Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a number-one international best seller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone will keep readers guessing.
©2010 John Grisham (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks US
"Half the length, twice the enjoyment"
If John Grisham wrote this story to reach a wider audience, I think he will succeed. This novel is far less technical than his legal thrillers, and much less tense. Still, the story moves along with pace and humour, and the characters are all believable and interesting.
The narrator does a good job and by the end I was hoping the book would go on longer. Great story, brilliantly told.
This is a child's introduction to law. So technical. I'm a fan of Richard Thomas but didn't enjoy his narrative. Give it a go if you're a Grisham fan but it didn't do it for me.
"A lot of promise but fails to deliver."
I thoroughly enjoy Grisham's books and was looking forward to this one, even though I knew it was a children's book.
The plot is slow and unexciting, with no real sense of conclusion. Whilst I appreciate it is a children's book, the level of exposition is far too high and treats its audience like dimwits e.g. going as far as to explain what a judge is.
The characters are shallow and unbelievable, a class of 13 year old boys who show no intererst in girls and don't have cell phones? Or the main character who is far too perfect for a boy his age, or the fact that this is a state school that has classes of 16 children per class.
As a set up for a sequel there is some promise, the potential intrigue around Theo's uncle and the roll over from this story possibly.
I'll give the next book a chance, but to be honest, based on this Grisham should stick to adult fiction.
John Grisham is one of my favourite authors and this doesn't disappoint. A very different book for him, but as always it is a page turner. Its all about young Theo and how he gets involved in a big murder case. You may think its far fetched, but when you read this you will realise its not. Highly recommended listen.
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