I always enjoy a John Grisham read. It is often a great transition from a very long, serious book to read a suspenseful, quick thriller with unforeseen (and sometimes foreseen) twists and turns. I read my first one just a few years ago and have been hooked ever since.
I actually listened to “The King of Torts” on CD while traveling, which is always a different book experience. I find I will daydream more readily when my mind is already occupied doing one thing (aka driving) while I try to listen to a story. So, I sometimes have to replay certain tracks to catch the parts I missed while looking at an interesting cloud or pondering what I will have for dinner when I get home.
However, this book captured my attention so entirely that I once glanced down to my speedometer on the highway to see I was going 60 mph when the speed limit was 70mph…way to go Grisham, you kept my lead foot at bay!
The main character is Clay Carter, a young man who had hoped to join his father’s law practice his whole life but whose dreams were dashed when his father is forced to close his practice due to a certain scandal. Clay must navigate his own way and dreams of a life that does not involve barely scraping by and defending criminals as a Public Defender.
Clay receives his “lucky break” when a mysterious phone call and meeting relating to one of his criminal cases leads to the chance to free himself from a life of simplicity and to gain significant, astronomical wealth. Clay faces an ethical dilemma–does he trust this man of secrecy whose eyes reveal something of a seedy past and who promises unending wealth, or does he use the information he has been given to overturn corruption?
I won’t tell you what he chooses (though I am sure you can infer his choice), but leave you to pick up a copy of “The King of Torts” (or listen to it on CD) and plan for a fascinating tale that will make you think and entertain you until the very last page.
Oh, and for the ladies who desire a bit of romance in the stories they read, Grisham was kind enough to give us a little bit of that, too…